|Board Members||Vision Statement
The Autism Society of the Mid-South is a leading voice and resource of the autism community in education, advocacy, and support. The Autism Society of the Mid-South is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. The Autism Society of the Mid-South accomplishes its ongoing mission through close collaboration with a successful network of chapters, members and supporters.
The Autism Society of the Mid-South 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 of the Mid-South 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 that 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 the 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 that services should be outcome based to ensure that 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 of the Mid-South believes that all individuals with autism have the right to access appropriate services and supports based on their needs and desires.
(Ratified By the Board of Directors July 5,2012)