Our Mission

Our mission is to improve services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families through education and advocacy.


Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families Principle Beliefs

  • Every individual has inherent worth and dignity
  • Inclusion in the community is preferred over exclusion
  • Options and opportunities should be available for every person
  • Services should focus on the family and the individuals
  • Accessible, individualized, comprehensive services should be available
  • Services should strive to be a model of excellence and incorporate validated
  • Consumers should expect and receive effective advocacy and leadership
  • Consumers deserve to receive current information on diverse therapeutic options


The Autism Society of Alabama (ASA) has been a volunteer organization directed by its Board of Directors for over 20 years. Between March 1997 and July 1997, members of ASA participated in a series of four “strategic planning” meetings. These meetings were held throughout the State of Alabama. Under the direction of a consultant, the strategic planning process helped the membership of the ASA to clarify our vision, our mission, values and program goals. Members who participated in this planning process now have a sense of hope for the future and a strong commitment to work together to see their Mission and Vision become a reality.

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families are the constituency served by ASA. For FY 98/99 funds were secured to allow the ASA to hire an Executive Director and to begin implementation of PROJECT ACTION and other initiatives proposed in the strategic plan. ASA continues to revisit the strategic plan and make changes to best serve the needs of persons with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

The strategic plan, revised in 2008, continues ASA’s mission, focuses on chapter development, education policy, and the development of resources.

Past Presidents:

  • Phillip Young (Montgomery)
  • Ed Kendall (Montgomery)
  • George Jones (Birmingham)
  • Bama Hager, Ph.D. (Birmingham)
  • Bonnie Trulove (Montgomery)
  • Ryan Thomas (Birmingham)
  • Bill Pearson (Birmingham)
  • Peggy Stevens (Huntsville)

Program Organization and Role

ASA is managed by an Executive Director and governed by its Board of Directors. Volunteers are a critical component to the present and future success of this organization. Every month, the Autism Society of Alabama helps approximately 600 individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their parents, and their service providers (doctors, therapists, teachers, etc.). Our current programs and services include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Toll free information and referral hotline
  • Resource directory -a preliminary directory of service providers, activities, disability
    organizations, etc.
  • Education (parents, providers, family members, etc.) through our quarterly newsletter,
    exhibitions, speaking engagements, etc.
  • Parent Networking Groups in approximately 20 counties around the state
  • Innovative website has a direct link to our e-mail addresses.
  • Annual Alabama Autism conference for parents, doctors, teachers, service providers, and
  • Collaboration efforts with other state agencies to provide services for persons with autism
    spectrum disorders.

ASA currently receives funding through government grants, collaboration with other agencies/associations, donations and fundraising activities. The future of reaching the goals and objectives as outlined in the Strategic Plan are dependent on future fundraising efforts to secure funds, promote awareness and serve as a powerful advocacy organization focused on changing the quality of life for individuals with Autism Disorders and their families.