our mission

Our Mission

The Autism Society of North Carolina improves the lives of individuals with autism, supports their families, and educates communities.

Our vision is to be the trusted partner for all people with autism as they lead fulfilling lives.

We respect and value the uniqueness of all individuals with autism; when provided the opportunity, each person can make a unique contribution to their family, community, and society.

We improve lives

Our services and programs are tailored to the unique needs of individuals with autism. We enable them to have healthy, safe, and fulfilling lives in their own communities. Our expertise helps individuals – many of whom have significant lifelong needs – be as independent as possible and achieve their goals and dreams.

We support families

Autism Resource Specialists are often the first people parents talk to after their child is diagnosed. We help families connect with resources, keep their children safe, find services, and resolve school issues. We also provide guidance on lifelong issues including employment, residential options, and planning for children’s needs beyond parents’ lives.

We educate communities

Our training for professionals such as doctors and teachers has increased the quality of care for individuals with autism. We advocate for the needs of the autism community with state policy-makers. Our education efforts have increased public awareness of autism and helped NC have a lower average age of diagnosis than the U.S.

The Autism Society of North Carolina’s 2020-23 strategic plan details how we will fulfill our mission.

Diversity Statement

ASNC values diversity in people, culture, and ethnicity and respects the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that ideas and perspectives should be shared in a climate of openness, respect, and trust.