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Our Goal And Mission

We are here not for income, but for outcome

Our mission is to improve the lives of ALL affected by autism here in the Inland Empire. We work to create a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued.

Our options policy promotes the active and informed involvement of family members and the individual with autism in the planning of individualized, appropriate services and supports. The Board of the Autism Society believes that each person with autism is a unique individual. Each family and individual with autism should have the right to learn about and then select the options they feel are most appropriate for the individual with autism. Services should enhance and strengthen natural family and community supports for the individual with autism and the family whenever possible. The service option designed for an individual with autism should result in improved quality of life. Abusive treatment of any kind is not an option. To the maximum extent possible, we believe that the decisions should be made by the individual with autism in collaboration with family, guardians and caregivers.

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Guiding Principles

  • We support an options policy and provide information on all options so individuals can exercise freedom of choice in their decision-making

  • We provide services without regard to a person’s age, race, religion, sexual orientation, income level or level of need on the autism spectrum.

  • We believe in collaboration and partnerships with others to advance the well-being of all living with autism

  • We provide opportunities for individuals living with autism, family members and professions to participate in our governance, on our committees, and as staff members

  • We strive to ensure our programs, services, and decisions are outcome-driven

Quality of Life Indicators

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The Autism Society’s vision is to increase the quality of life of everyone living with autism. When we say “quality of life,” we’re talking about basic human rights that allow people to interact with one another and the world on their own terms. Quality of life indicators such as the ability to communicate, the freedom to choose a career and opportunities for community involvement are essential aspects of the human experience, and we promote treatments, accommodations and acceptance with them in mind. The Autism Society is committed to supporting these ideals:

  1. Respect and Dignity – People with autism should feel respected by  those  around them
  2. Inclusion – People with autism should  be welcomed to participate  actively in  their schools, workplaces  and  communities
  3. Communication – People with autism should be able to express themselves  and interact with others in a meaningful  way
  4. Health and Well-being – People with autism should feel and be well physically and have access to the services they need to stay healthy
  5. Safety – People with autism should feel secure and be able to get help from their communities, law enforcement and others as needed
  6. Academic Success – People with autism should have the opportunity to participate in school to their fullest capability and learn in an environment and manner that enables them to succeed
  7. Social Connections – People with autism should have friends and supporters as well as  ties to their communities
  8. Independent Living – People with autism have the right to lead their own lives, and  they should also have support if they need  help  caring for themselves
  9. Meaningful Employment with Fair Wages – People with autism should have  the opportunity to do work that contributes  to their communities, and should  receive compensation befitting their positions
  10. Financial Stability – People with autism should be able to afford the things and services they need
  11. Recreation and Leisure – People with autism should be able to pursue their interests and spend their free time in a meaningful way
  12. Subjective Well-Being – People with autism should feel happy and enjoy life
  13. Self-Identity and Acceptance – People with autism should understand and appreciate themselves, and feel understood and valued by others
  14. Autonomy and Self-Sufficiency – People with autism have the right to make their own decisions
  15. Pursuit of Dreams – People with autism should feel empowered to achieve their aspirations!