The Howard County Autism Society is an affiliate of our national organization, the Autism Society (the link to their site is http://www.autism-society.org). The Autism Society, and its affiliates, are dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals affected by autism.
At its heart, the Howard County Autism Society is an organization created, inspired and powered by loving parents helping their own children as well as others with autism find their place in this world. Our Board consists of a group of parents, brought together in their individual journeys through the world of autism.
There is a place for every person with autism in our world—a place of value and a place of worth. Much of the work undertaken by our organization is directed toward raising awareness and educating the general public about the complexities of autism. We believe that once people better understand autism, they are better able to welcome and support people living with autism into the greater community.
The Howard County Autism Society serves individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their communities by providing information, support, and advocacy; by promoting awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each individual; and by working to improve the quality of and access to services and to educational opportunities.
Howard County Autism Society fulfills its mission by following these guiding principles.
The Howard County Autism Society:
- Notes that when provided the opportunity, all individuals on the autism spectrum have a contribution to make to their family, to their community, and to society at large. Therefore, the Society supports meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.
- Supports individuals on the autism spectrum of all ages and throughout the lifespan to find their own voice through self-advocacy.
- Informs individuals and families directly affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and local service providers by seeking out opportunities to educate all in best practices in support and treatment.
- Promotes better awareness and understanding of the autism spectrum. It provides information and resources to the autism community and to the public at large in a manner that is most effective with each target audience.
- Advocates for public policy and funding that expands educational, vocational, therapeutic, recreational, social, and residential options as well as research opportunities and medical knowledge.
- Promotes collaborative relationships between individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, and their service providers.
- Encourages cooperation between schools, agencies, organizations, and other professionals involved in the lives of people within the autism spectrum.