National Programs

The Autism Society of America is dedicated to creating connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully.

As the nation’s oldest leading grassroots Autism organization, the Autism Society and its approximately 70 affiliates serve over half a million people each year. By championing initiatives that advance equitable opportunities in healthcare, education, employment, safety, and public policy, the organization executes a national reach, with meaningful local impact. Through education, advocacy, support and community programming, the Autism Society works towards a world in which everyone is connected to the support they need, when they need it. 

The Autism Society’s National Helpline is a fantastic way to learn about resources and services in your area. Speak with a trained Information & Referral (I&R) Specialist about desired resources and support options.

To address the high unemployment rate of Autistic individuals, the Autism Society’s Employment initiative creates connections – between Autistic individuals, caregivers, and employers – to advance access to resources, training, and opportunities for meaningful work experiences.

The Autism Society’s Water and Wandering Program is a national effort to increase water safety education and training across the Autism community. The program works to not only prevent wandering-related tragedies, but to increase water safety skills among Autistic individuals and their families.

The Autism Society’s First Responder Program is a national effort to promote safe and equitable interactions between First Responders and the Autism Community. The program will produce gold-standard first responder and criminal justice curriculum, training, and certification program.

The Autism Society of America is launching the Autism Society Training & Resource Center to respond to the increased training needs within the communities we serve. This online learning platform will house training and certification modules, high-impact resources, and support community engagement nationwide.

Through the Vaccine Education Initiative, the Autism Society is closing the health equity gap of Autistic individuals and those with disabilities by expanding access to vaccine clinics and trained healthcare professionals.