The Autism Society

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Basic Information

Address: 4340 East West Highway, Suite 350 Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone Number: 800-328-8476 (1-800-3AUTISM)

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President: Lee Grossman
Service Description: Founded in 1965, The Autism Society is the oldest and largest nationwide grassroots autism organization supported by a network of local chapters throughout the U.S.
Mission Statement:

Improving the Lives of All Affected by Autism

Membership Fee: Annual membership rates to receive our magazine
Eligibility Requirements: interest in autism spectrum disorders
Area Served: National
Hours of Operation/Schedule: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. east coast time
Services Offered:
Our organization focuses on Advocacy, Education, Support, Service and Research

Publishes the Autism Advocate, a quarterly magazine. Has a wide variety of material available on the website.
Sensory Friendly Films at locations around the country

Conferences/Speakers: National Conference and Exhibition each Juy (moves to different areas of the country each year)
Fundraisers: Bounce for Autism Walk for Autism Ticket to Ride One Power for Autism
Support Groups: Nationwide network of local chapters specific locations and contact information can be found on our website

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.

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The Autism Society is the oldest and largest nationwide grassroots autism organization. The Autism Society’s mission areas include:
ADVOCACY The Autism Society is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum. The Autism Society advocates on the local, state and federal levels.
EDUCATION The Autism Society’s Autism Advocate magazine reports on legislation, research, and important topics about living with autism. The Autism Society offers a comprehensive website including AutismSourceTM, a nationwide directory of services and supports. The Autism Society annually hosts the largest national conference on autism spectrum disorders.
SUPPORT The Autism Society’s nationwide network of local chapters provides community support and education to families, people on the spectrum and professionals.
SERVICE The Autism Society is dedicated to increasing access and availability of appropriate services for those on the autism spectrum across the lifespan.
RESEARCH The Autism Society is a leader in the support of identifying and fostering treatment-guided research initiatives. The Autism Society is committed foremost to translating research results into applied practices that improve the everyday lives of those on the autism spectrum.
Through its strong chapter network, 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. The Autism Society also hosts the most comprehensive national conference on autism, attended by 2000 people each year. Our information and referral team, our program staff, and our strong chapter presence serve thousands of families each year who are searching for help in their journey with autism.