Options Policy

The Autism Society  promotes the active and informed involvement of family members and the  individual with autism in the planning of individualized, appropriate  services and supports. The Board of the Autism Society believes that  each person with autism is a unique individual. Each family and  individual with autism should have the right to learn about and then  select the options they feel are most appropriate for the individual  with autism. To the maximum extent possible, we believe that the  decisions should be made by the individual with autism in collaboration  with family, guardians and caregivers.

Services should enhance  and strengthen natural family and community supports for the individual  with autism and the family whenever possible. The service option  designed for an individual with autism should result in improved quality  of life. Abusive treatment of any kind is not an option.

We  firmly believe that no single type of program or service will fill the  needs of every individual with autism and that each person should have  access to support services. Selection of a program, service or method of  treatment should be on the basis of a full assessment of each person’s  abilities, needs and interests. We believe services should be  outcome-based to ensure they meet the individualized needs of a person  with autism.

With appropriate education, vocational training and  community living options and support systems, individuals with autism  can lead dignified, productive lives in their communities and strive to  reach their fullest potential.

The Autism Society believes that  all individuals with autism have the right to access appropriate  services and supports based on their needs and desires.

– Adopted by the Autism Society Board of Directors, 4/1/1995
– Revised by the Autism Society Board of Directors 12/12/2009