Autism Tennessee MISSION The mission of Autism Tennessee is to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their surrounding community through support, advocacy, and education. VISION The vision of Autism Tennessee is to create a community where people on the autism spectrum and their families find respect, acceptance, and hope. VALUES Knowledge • Respect & Acceptance • Connections • Hope We live our values by… Disseminating knowledge in order to empower individuals, families and professionals affected by autism – the autism community. Highlighting the social, emotional, and intellectual differences and the unique contributions of each individual with autism, whatever their level of functioning. Respecting the right of person-centered individual viewpoints and choices. Defending the right for individuals in the autism community to live in a non-abusive society. Accepting people wherever they are in their journey with autism. Promoting inclusion and understanding of individuals with autism in society. Enriching the quality of life of individuals affected by autism by promoting equal access to comprehensive, quality services to benefit their mind, body, and spirit. Offering the autism community a local, safe harbor where they feel they belong. Fostering individual and family connections to reduce isolation in the autism community. Sharing hope in the probability of a better tomorrow.