Autism Tennessee exists to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their surrounding community through support, advocacy, and education.
The vision of Autism Tennessee is to create a community where people on the autism spectrum and their families find respect, acceptance, and hope.
Autism Tennessee is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in all programs, activities and services offered, and also in all areas of staffing and/or volunteer opportunities. Autism Tennessee does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, disability, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, or on any other basis in the administration of its programs, services, and employment, staffing, and volunteer policies.
Autism Tennessee promotes the active and informed involvement of family members and the individual with autism in the planning of individualized, appropriate services and supports. The Board of Autism Tennessee 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 both the parents and the individual with autism should make decisions together.
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 with autism 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 insure 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. Autism Tennessee believes that all individuals with autism have the right to access appropriate services and supports based on their needs and desires.