Our Mission Statement
Since 1967, the Autism Society of Pittsburgh has been the local action unit of the Autism Society of America, the foremost voice and resource of the nation’s autism community. We are comprised of volunteers, parents and professionals, working on behalf of all children and those of adult age on the autism spectrum. Our objective is to improve the lives of those with autism and related disorders of behavior and communication.
Autism Society of Pittsburgh’s operational imperative is the Options Policy of the Autism Society of America — “that parents have a right to learn about all resources and service options and to choose those they feel are most appropriate for their family member with autism.” This is as basic as the family itself, rooted deeply in the very foundation of our American republic.
As such, our Mission in the greater Pittsburgh area is:
- To provide advocacy, support and thorough information on care, treatment, educational and habilitative service options available for those with autism spectrum disorders, autism-involved parents and families, and to professionals who work with them.
- To encourage expansion and develop excellence in a continuum of appropriate service options.
- To provide unbiased information for ALL such options to parents, families and to the caring professionals who work with them to reduce or overcome autism-disabling characteristics
- To help autism-involved parents, families and professionals grow by providing as much relevant information on autism spectrum disorders as is known to us
The goal of our Chapter is to help parents and professionals grow by providing as much relevant information on autism spectrum disorders as is known to us.
We cannot take your place. Parents are with their children for a lifetime: professionals for a career. Our efforts are aimed at helping both become as proficient as possible in evaluating and choosing the services, options and approaches that will enhance the growth and development of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
We urge, if you have not already done so, to use the form at the right to join the Autism Society of America, the voice for autism at the national level — in the Administration, Congress, and in the court system. Joining will entitle you to receive pertinent information from the ASA national headquarters on a regular basis through its publications and national resources.