Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism | AFAA

AFAA is a national consortium of organizations working together, led by the vision of individuals with autism and their families, to promote a collaborative spirit and develop both public and private sector support that improve the lives of adults living with autism.

Aims: • Create and drive public policy change that will support adults with autism to become fully participating members of their communities. • Lead a national dialogue to increase awareness of the challenges and opportunities for adults with autism to lead full and meaningful lives. • Be a portal of information on research, programs and services for adults with autism and their families. • Act as a catalyst in developing strategies and coordinating efforts to improve the quality of services and supports for adults with autism and their families.



APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization, founded in 1988 and is now known as Association of  People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE).

APSE has chapters in 35 states and the District of Columbia.  Our members come from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as several foreign countries.

APSE’s HR Connect offers consultation services to help businesses reach out to and partner with one of the strongest labor and customer pools in the country:  the disability community.

APSE supports the only annual national conference focused solely on the advancement of integrated employment.


ASAN | The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

ASAN | Autistic Sel Advocacy Network
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people.

Mission: ASAN’s supporters include Autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators and friends. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to educate communities and improve public perceptions of autism.

Activities: Include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research, and the development of Autistic cultural activities. We provide information about autism to the public through a number of different educational, outreach and systems change related projects.

Meetup ASAN
Seattle Meetup – ASAN Seattle


Autism National Committee

AUTCOM is the only autism advocacy organization dedicated to “Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism” through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches. Our organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior. In the face of social policies of devaluation, which are expressed in the practices of segregation, medicalization, and aversive conditioning, we assert that all individuals are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.


Autism Network International

An autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people. Autism Network International was the first self-advocacy group. The site hosts online lists and information on an annual conference/retreat.


Autism Society of America

The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
The Autism Society’s national office is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.


Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.


Housing and Residential Supports: see Family Services | then Tool Kits … link
Various National Resources: see Family Services, then  Resource Library, then Adults with Autism … link.

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established in 1998 by former Patriots and Boston College Quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to support families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Foundation is also committed to increasing awareness of the challenges of living with autism and helping families find resources to help address those challenges. It provides individuals with autism and their families an opportunity to improve their quality of life by funding educational, therapeutic, recreational and advocacy programs.


Easter Seals

For nearly 90 years, Easter Seals has been a leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. More than a generation ago, Easter Seals was front and center during the polio epidemic, working tirelessly to help children and adults with polio gain the skills necessary to live independently. And now, Easter Seals is working internationally to provide help, hope and answers to families living with autism today by delivering personalized services and treatments, as well as advocating with government to encourage financing for research and improved access to services and supports for people with autism.


GRASP | The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

Mission: GRASP’s mission is to improve the lives of adults and teens on the autism spectrum through community outreach, peer supports, education, and advocacy.

Where: Based in NYC with additional chapters established nationally.

Website: http//

Organization for Autism Research

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR)’s mission is to apply research to the challenges of autism.
OAR defines applied research as research that directly impacts the day-to-day quality of life of learners with autism. It entails the systematic investigation of variables associated with positive outcomes in such areas as education, communication, self care, social skills, employment, behavior, and adult and community living. In this context, it extends to issues related to family support, the efficacy of service delivery systems, and demographic analyses of the autism community.

OAR’s programs revolve around funding new research and disseminating evidence-based information in a form that translates the technical into layman’s terms for the non-scientific consumer.
Grants, scholarships, e-newsletter.

Address: 2000 North 14th Street, Suite 710, Arlington, VA 22201

PAS Center for Personal Assistance Services

By promoting research, training, technical assistance and dissemination about personal assistance services, the Center’s mission is to ensure that people with self-care limitations can find information that will help them live independently.

Funding is provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education,  Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.


The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

American Association of People with Disabilities
American Association of People with Disabilities

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation’s largest disability rights organization.

We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.


The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation is a national autism organization focused on adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The mission of our volunteer-run organization is to develop and fund our Signature Programs that create innovative ways for the diverse population of adults living with ASD to participate in and contribute to community life.

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Signature Programs can be found throughout the United States and include residential, vocational, educational and recreational opportunities that are blueprints for replication in grassroots communities everywhere. We are a leading advocacy organization, inspired by autistic adults and their families, and our own self-advocate advisory board. Our goal is to create awareness that adults living with ASD are capable citizens and have the right to be respected and valued members of society.


The Eli & Edythe L. Broad Asperger Center

In June, 2007 the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation was established within the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California at  Santa Barbara, a new center of excellence for Asperger Research. The  purpose and function of the Center is to develop and refine the  Koegel’s research-based model for intervention and support for children  and Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. The Center is conducting research  and intervention with the purpose of developing a model that can be  disseminated nationally, and is moving toward the long-term goal of  becoming the largest and most comprehensive clearinghouse in the world  on intervention for Asperger’s Syndrome.