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 goals guide everything we do at the Autism Society of Alaska.
The Autism Society of Alaska is committed to supporting these ideals:
Inclusion – People with autism should be welcomed to participate actively in their schools, workplaces and communities
Communication – People with autism should be able to express themselves and interact with others in a meaningful way
Health and Well-being – People with autism should feel and be well physically and have access to the services they need to stay healthy
Safety – People with autism should feel secure and be able to get help from their communities, law enforcement and others as needed
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
Social Connections – People with autism should have friends and supporters as well as ties to their communities
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
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
Financial Stability – People with autism should be able to afford the things and services they need
Recreation and Leisure – People with autism should be able to pursue their interests and spend their free time in a meaningful way
Subjective Well-Being – People with autism should feel happy and enjoy life
Self-Identity and Acceptance – People with autism should understand and appreciate themselves, and feel understood and valued by others
Pursuit of Dreams – People with autism should feel empowered to achieve their aspirations!