Services & Programs
Our Services and Programs: What do we do? The Autism Society of Alaska provides services and programs in the community to support those who are affected by autism. We envision a community 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. The Autism Society of Alaska provides such services and programs for trainings and education to create the community we believe our families deserve.
The Autism Society of Alaska supports all who are affected by autism through individual information and referrals online, on the phone or face to face. We also centralize this support through our community enrichment program to provide an opportunity for parents and professionals to network and discuss navigating resources.
Autism Friendly Community Connections: We value building autism friendly and inclusive communities. It's not always easy to find fun activities for individuals with autism. The Autism Society partners with local agencies, holds outings and activities for children and adults on the spectrum and offers several recreational opportunities, ranging from all ages, for families to meet one another in an informal setting.
The Autism Society is committed to educating people about autism and various interventions. In addition to families who live with autism every day, we also work to help members of the community understand autism. We can send written material on a wide variety of autism-related topics and, with enough lead time, provide speakers. We also make a point to inform our constituents about trainings, workshops, and presentations around the region. As resources allow, we sponsor educational programs and offer scholarships so that parents can attend conferences. We are always looking for ways to collaborate on educational initiatives.
“This training is part of the Law Enforcement Academy’s ongoing effort to provide cultural awareness training with the goal that students will be able to assess a situation and perform a reasonable and appropriate response.”
Community and Technical College
The Autism Society of Alaska’s partnership with UAF CTC Law Enforcement is to inform the academy on what autism is, statistics about autism, identifying autism, and providing them with a variety of suggested responses when interacting with an individual on the spectrum. Through a training such as this, we at ASA can better equip the officers with de-escalation techniques for when they encounter an individual on the spectrum.
“Our goal of inclusive participation in all areas of life is being realized. As a result it is our responsibility to make as many education opportunities available to help ensure that these moments of interaction are positive, appropriate and as safe as possible for everyone.”
Brandy Raby, ASA Board President
We have developed the following programs that align with our services and mission.