The Autism Society of Illinois (ASI) was founded more than 30 years ago for individuals with autism, their parents, families and friends. This statewide organization’s objective is to provide education, training, individual assistance and practical support for parents; increase public awareness of autism and offer a referral network of professionals. ASI is a “boots on the ground” organization with a mission to empower individuals, families and the community impacted with Autism Spectrum Disorders by providing education, advocacy and intervention. ASI is able to accomplish this work through grants and generous donations and a mantra that “all the money raised here, stays here” supporting the families of Illinois.
-will improve the lives of individuals and families in Illinois affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.
-defines “people affected” as individuals with autism, their families, teachers, physicians, therapists, bus drivers, restaurant owners…etc!
-provides individualized information and support referrals to individuals who are affected by autism TODAY.
-understands that autism is a lifelong disability. ASI provides lifelong support and access.
-is the first point of contact for people around Illinois when they need support, input, or a shoulder to cry on. All staff members have close family members who are on the autism spectrum, which gives then them the real-life experience that you can’t learn from a book.
A significant portion of ASI’s time is spent in Special Education Advocacy. True to their “boots on the ground” philosophy, ASI will, free of charge,:
-review your child’s current Individualized Education Program (IEP)
-help resolve issues with school districts
-attend all meeting with parents
-help write letters and instruct parent on the proper people to call
-teach parents about IDEIA and FAPE so that they are understanding all that is going during the IEP process
-help with transition from Early Intervention to School
-make sure that goals and benchmarks are made measurable so that we are able to track progress
-help through the mediation process
If you are need of Special Education Attorney, the Autism Society of Illinois will refer you to one.
The Autism Society of Illinois is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible. The
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The Autism Society of Illinois (ASI) calls themselves a “boots on the ground” organization. While they provide a plethora of information for families affected by autism, their true mission is to be active and engaged in the lives of the individuals and families who need them. Whether it is lobbying the state government or negotiating an IEP for a family at a grade school, ASI is a voice for those who may not have one, who need one. They are setting an example for all of us to “Be A Voice” for those less fortunate.
Our shirt design for this Project depicts a sound wave representing a single “voice” constructed from the repeating phrase, “Be A Voice.” It symbolizes that while we may individually be one voice, if we speak the same message we will become a truly powerful voice. The vibrant Red is not only a nod to the ASI brand, it’s also a reminder to stand up and boldly represent the good things you believe in.
Join the movement, and “Be A Voice” for autism while wearing this EXTREMELY comfortable shirt made from 50% recycled polyester (from plastic bottles) and 50% transitional organic cotton.