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Encyclopedia > Autism Society of America

The Autism Society of America, founded in 1965 by Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., is the oldest and largest grassroots organization in the autism community, with over 50,000 members and supporters connected through a network of nearly 200 chapters in the United States. ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact, advocating for programs and services for the autism community, and is a leading source of information, research, and reference on autism. Since 1970, ASA has held national conferences on autistic spectrum disorders where families and professionals share what they know and have learned through research and experience. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Bernard Rimland, Ph. ... A grassroots political movement, inspired by the German word Graswurzel, is a movement organized by a network of citizens. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with autistic culture. ... Autism is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests itself in markedly abnormal social interaction, communication ability, patterns of interests, and patterns of behavior. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...


Fast growing constituency

Once considered rare, autism now afflicts 1 in 166 American children. The Autism Society of America estimates that the number of autistic children is growing by 10 percent to 17 percent every year.

Advocacy efforts

The Autism Society of America has been representing the autism community in the U.S. capital for over 30 years. The efforts of ASA have resulted in the successful launch of a number of pieces of legislation aimed at protecting the rights of individuals with autism, legislation mandating education and other services for individuals with autism, bills to raise awareness about autism, and bills appropriating funds for research into the causes of and treatments for autism. The ASA's work in Washington, D.C. has helped put autism on Congress' health care agenda resulting in millions of dollars devoted to autism research and services. Nickname: the District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Official website: http://www. ...

ASA monitors the activities of Congress and the federal government. ASA educates these groups about the unique needs of those with autism and pushes for increased attention and programs.

The Advocate

ASA publishes The Advocate, which offers information on research, legislation, and tips on living with autism for its members.

Parental choice

ASA promotes a parent choice philosophy, rooted in the belief no single program or treatment will benefit all individuals with autism. According to the ASA's philosophy, decisions regarding what is 'best' or 'most effective' for a person with autism should be determined by those directly involved: the individual with autism, to the extent possible, and the parents or family members.

Bernard Rimland, founder

Rimland's book, Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior, was written in 1964 after his son, Mark, was diagnosed with autism. Autism is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests itself in markedly abnormal social interaction, communication ability, patterns of interests, and patterns of behavior. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ...

See also

  • List of autism-related topics

This is a list of autism-related topics. ...

External links

  • Autism.org - Center for the Study of Autism
  • Autism-Society.org - 'ASA: The Voice of Autism' (Autism Society of America homepage)
  • AutismWebsite.com - Autism Research Institute
  • AutismWebsite.com - 'Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!): A Project of the Autism Research Institute'
  • KansasCity.com - 'Startling rise in autism stirs questions about the cause', Judy L. Thomas, The Kansas City Star (October 09, 2005)
  • PaqrentsInc.org - 'Autism Society of America: Martin Scholarship'

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Autism Society of America: About this site (1078 words)
Parents and professionals are encouraged to thoroughly investigate the various options available within the autism community in order to determine which are appropriate for the person with autism, based on his or her individual needs.
The Autism Society of America reserves the right to revoke such authorization at any time, and any such use shall be discontinued immediately upon notice from the Autism Society of America.
The Autism Society of America asserts its copyright on all content created by the Autism Society of America and reserves all other rights under relevant copyright statutes.
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