We bridge the gaps between support, resources, and programs, so autistic individuals are empowered to recognize their potential and discover the meaningful connections needed to realize their goals.
Our vision is: an interdependent world where diversity is embraced, and autistic people have opportunities to thrive.
Autism Tennessee promotes the active and informed involvement of family members and the autistic individual in the planning of individualized, appropriate services and supports. The Board of Autism Tennessee believes that each autistic person is a unique individual. Each family and individual should have the right to learn about and select the options that they feel are most appropriate. 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 whenever possible. The service option designed 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, 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 appropriate education, vocational training and community living options and support systems, autistic individuals can lead dignified, productive lives in their communities and strive to reach their fullest potential.
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.