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The Autism Society of Alaska is a 501(c)3 organization that depends heavily on donations. Please know that contributions are tax deductible and will be used locally.

The Autism Society of Alaska

The Golden Heart Affiliation was established in July 2008 by Heidi Haas and is the only affiliate in the state of Alaska in part of a network of over 100 nationwide chapters.  The Golden Heart Affiliation serves the entire state of Alaska. We are parents, caregivers, educators, professionals and persons with Autism dedicated to our cause.  As a non-profit organization we rely on volunteers, community support and donations.

About the Autism Society

The Autism Society, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.


Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism. Through its strong national network of affiliates, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of state and local legislation, including the 2006 Combating Autism Act, the first federal autism-specific law. The Autism Society’s website is one of the most visited websites on autism in the world and its quarterly journal, Autism Advocate, has a broad national readership.


Here are some of the ways the Autism Society of America is uniquely positioned to advance the wellbeing of those impacted by autism:


  • Our grassroots network of state and local affiliates vary from community to community and create programs and supports that best serve the              needs of local residents.
  • All monies raised by each Autism Society affiliates remains in state and local communities.
  • The Autism Society is fully inclusive of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, families affected by autism, and                         professionals working in the autism field. Throughout our network, individuals with ASD, family members, professionals and community                       leaders serve on governing boards, strategic committees and staff.
  • The Autism Society helps people affected by autism today. We support individuals and families across the entire spectrum throughout the                   lifespan.
  • The Autism Society does not spend any funds on lobbying firms. All advocacy efforts are lead by volunteers and staff, as allowed by IRS                    regulation.

Learn more about the Autism Society of America by visiting our history page.