For over 45 years, the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in North Carolina. ASNC is a statewide organization, supporting North Carolinians affected by autism. Every dollar that we raise stays within North Carolina, helping people who live and work in our local communities.
Our organization works to directly improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism through advocacy, training and education, and direct services.
- Advocacy: We are the only autism-specific advocacy organization in North Carolina, and it is the heart of what we do. We find resources for families, assist with school issues, educate families through workshops, help individuals navigate the services system, and host local support groups. We also give those with autism a voice in public policy by maintaining relationships at the state legislature and other policy-making entities.
- Training and Education: We focus on evidence-based best practices that empower self-advocates, families, and professionals. We also work to increase understanding and acceptance of people with ASD in the community.
- Services: ASNC is a direct care service provider, and a recipient of the highest level of accreditation by the Council on Quality Leadership for exemplary service provision. Individuals with ASD receive a variety of residential, recreational, vocational, and community-based services that are designed to meet their needs, interests, and strengths.
Our Mission - To provide support and promote opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals within the autism spectrum and their families.
Our Vision - The Autism Society of North Carolina strives to create a community where people within the autism spectrum and their families receive respect, services, and support based on individual needs, differences, and preferences.
Our Values - We respect and value the uniqueness of all individuals within the autism spectrum; when provided the opportunity, each person can make a unique contribution to his.her family, community and to society.
We demonstrate respect by advancing an individualized, person-centered approach that is based upon the person's distinctive strengths, abilities, interests, and choices; the person is the priority, rather than any philosophical stance.
We promote better public awareness and understanding of the autism spectrum and advocate for public policy and funding that expands research as well as medical, therapeutic, educational, vocational, recreational, social, and residential options.
We support individuals within the autism spectrum, their families, and their friends; we acknowledge that parents and other primary caregivers know the individual best.
We encourage and promote cooperative relationships among schools, agencies, organizations, and other professionals involved in the lives of people within the autism spectrum. We value relationships founded on honesty, integrity, and mutual respect.