Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy

  • WA

About Us

What we do

Our mission is to ensure that all children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) & other developmental disabilities (DD’s) have every opportunity to thrive and become productive members of society. We do this by helping families access ASD & DD health insurance benefits, effective services in schools, and supportive community-based services, regardless of their personal financial situation.

How we do it

Our organization works diligently to bridge the gap between the many health and education policies that exist to serve children and adults with ASD and other DD’s, and the educators, politicians, and medical providers who want to support these policies but don’t always succeed in doing it. We focus on:

  1. Providing pro bono guidance, counseling, coordination, training, resources, and legal support to families and professionals, to help them attain effective autism treatment and socially significant rehabilitative programs statewide.
  2. Offering pro bono community services such as support groups, a respite care program, and peer social communication portals so families of children with ASD and other DD’s can connect, share experiences, and feel less overwhelmed by the intensity of caring for an autistic child.
  3. Lobbying for legislation that directly supports and improves the health, safety, and education of children and adults with ASD and other DD’s, then working to connect the dots to make sure the policies are actually implemented to support those in need.

Ongoing Projects:

  1. Autism Insurance Reform
  2. Parent Support Network
  3. Gift of Time
  4. Friendship Matters
  5. Statewide Training Workshops
  6. Statewide Resource Directory

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