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.
Who in Alaska do we serve?
We serve all who are affected by autism in the State of Alaska. Statewide coverage is define by ASA as follows: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Soldotna/Kenai, The Valley (Palmer/Wasilla), Juneau, Valdez, and outlying Villages. Fairbanks is the statewide hub for coverage due to our office and executive director location in the city. From Fairbanks we will serve the defined outlying areas.
How do we serve the State when we are located in Fairbanks?
Statewide programs are defined as online streaming of our community enrichment program, Alaska Autism conferences, Information and Referral assistance and through our newsletter. Any additional service wanted outside of Fairbanks can be proposed to the Autism Society of Alaska Board to be discussed.
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: