The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, New York is a collective of people dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to the autism community in the 14 counties we serve. Our board, staff, and volunteers consist of individuals with autism, family members, and professionals who work with ASD populations.
Our Mission and Vision
Our mission is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for people on the autism spectrum and their families, so they can be fully participating, included members of their communities. We do this through advocacy, public awareness, education, and compassionate support.
Our vision is to be the voice and resource for everyone who interacts with the autism community in the Greater Capital Region. Locally, we are sustaining and growing our resource center to be a place for anyone who needs information about autism, that brings together members of the autism community. Statewide, we will be the driving force behind the development of a network of resources that promotes quality of life and opportunities for positive social experiences.
Our vision for our board of directors is a productive group of individuals with autism, families, and professionals from the autism community. They serve on the board because the work is inspiring, rewarding and enjoyable.
Our Values & Guiding Principles
- Respect and dignity
- Meaningful participation
- Respected voice of the autism community
- Information and education
- Nationally affiliated with the Autism Society
- Individuals on the autism spectrum
- Educational Community
- Medical Community
- General Community in the Greater Capital Region
- Law Enforcement & First Responders
- Donors & Sponsors
The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region promotes the active and informed involvement of family members and the individual with autism in the planning of individualized, appropriate services and support. The Board of the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region 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 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 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 believes that all individuals with autism have a right to access appropriate services and supports based on their needs and desires.
NOTE: All information provided or published by the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region is for informational purposes only. Reference to any treatment or therapy option or to any program, service, or treatment provided is not an endorsement by the Autism Society. You should investigate alternatives that may be more appropriate for a specific individual. Autism Society assumes no responsibility for the use made of any information published or provided by the Autism Society.