is that autistic adults live, learn, work and thrive in their communities and realize their desired futures.
Our Mission is to reduce barriers and enhance opportunities for autistic youth and adults by:
|Identifying targeted areas of need – We inquire and seek the input of stakeholders to understand gaps in services and to identify system barriers to accessing support and opportunities.|
|Incubating innovative solutions – We develop programs and services and evaluate their impact on helping people achieve their goals.|
|Sharing promising practices – We connect with broad stakeholders to mobilize our learnings and to incorporate new strategies for shaping successful futures.|
|Engaging community – We collaborate and we contribute expertise, organizational supports and financial leverage where it can build capacity or unlock system potential to enhance opportunities.|
|Informing Systems Change – We synthesize data and knowledge to support decision makers to take action and develop strategies that will better meet the needs of autistic people.|
Our Core Values are:
|Trust – We understand that building relationships on trust and mutual respect are critical to our effectiveness and ability to deliver impact.|
|Collaboration – We recognize the benefit of working with others toward collective community impact and prioritize lived experience in helping build solutions and opportunities.|
|Inclusion – We value neurodiversity and believe that autistic individuals should have fair and equitable access to what they need to be successful.|
|Sustainability – We are committed to promoting enduring solutions that are adaptable to local circumstances and community resources|
Inclusion and accessibility are key considerations in our work. We aim to meet the accessibility needs of our employees and target audiences by using closed captioning and other accessibility tools, and by complying with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to the extent possible. To aid us in improving our communication, we commissioned Autistic experts to prepare a Communications Guide that offers succinct and actionable ideas and strategies to employ in our work, and to share. You can view the guide below.