The Options Policy as adopted by the Autism Society 4/1/1995 was developed to ensure that the intentions, vision, and purpose of the Autism Society was clear to both the public and members of the Autism Society.
The assertions made in the Options Policy are to be strictly adhered to by all chapters and shall guide the manner in which business of the Autism Society both at a local (including chapters, branches, satellites, and service points) and national level is conducted.
The Autism Society 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 the Autism Society 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 both the parents and the individual with autism.
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 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 the right to access appropriate services and supports based on their needs and desires.
-Adopted by the Autism Society Board of Directors 4/1/95