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Causes: Autism, Disabilities, Health

Mission: To improve the lives of all people affected by autism in Indiana. To us, “people affected” means: individuals with autism, their families, teachers, physicians, therapists, bus drivers, restaurant owners…etc! We do this by providing individualized information and support referrals to individuals who are affected by autism TODAY. We understand that autism is a lifelong disability. ASI is here to provide support and advocacy, and to increase awareness and acceptance throughout our state. We are the first point of contact for people around Indiana when they need support, input, or a shoulder to cry on. Our staff all have close family members who are on the autism spectrum, which gives us that real-life experience that you can’t learn from a book.

Results: Every year, we have approximately 10,000 unique visitors to our website, and within the past five years, we have had more than 2,000 people attend our annual Autism Expo events throughout the state of Indiana. Additionally, more than 10,000 people around the state subscribe to our twice-monthly newsletters. People from around the state rely on the Autism Society of Indiana for the latest information involving autism, including details on helpful resources and programs. Because of your support, we are able to provide a wide range of support to individuals and families affected by autism.

Target demographics: All who are affected by autism across the lifespan.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000

Geographic areas served: serves the entire state of Indiana

Programs: Autism Allies - one on one individualized support for all people affected by autism by people affected by autism. Respite Care Program-is designed to assist those families that are unable to access respite services through the waiver. It allows the family to participate in the selection of their Direct Care Ally (DCA) based on preselected candidates or individuals they are already familiar with. Waiver Services for Family and Caregiver Training, Respite Care, Employment Follow-Along and Work Place Assistance and Care Services. CareerAlly - employment matching solution for young adults and adults with high-functioning autism in meaningful careers. Youth Leadership Program (YLP)- The YLP is a series of one-day sessions that are both interactive and results-oriented, to help youth with autism prepare themselves for the spectrum of challenges they will face as they transition to adulthood with three core modules: Who am I? What do I want to do/be? How do I get there? Support Groups throughout the State of Indiana Autism Expos in Central, Southern and Northern Indiana Autism Acceptance Walk in Fort Wayne Managing Autism Resource of Indiana-ARNI with links to articles, events, web sites, etc and helps you find providers and support services in your area. We add resources to ARNI every day! The Autism Society of Indiana administers the ARNI web site. www.arnionline.org

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Special Needs Advocate that is moving to Indiana, I was struck at how amazing ASI volunteers and "Ally's" are . I was given so much help and information talking to Mary Roth, Carmel, IN. It really helped to relieve my anxiety and stress with the upcoming move to a new city with my Autistic son Dylan that is graduating from High School. She gave me so much hope that there IS help and resources out there in my new community. I can't wait to get settled so I can support ASI the way they have supported my family.

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AutismIndiana Thank you so much for the great review! Contact us anytime!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I never heard of Asperger's until my son was diagnosed. I had a lot of questions and nowhere to turn for answers. ASI was instrumental in helping me get information and answers. We would've never made it to where we are today without knowing they were there if we needed information. These are people that care about our loved ones like nobody else. It's nice to know that there are still people in this world that want to help folks like us. They make you feel like extended family and that's pretty special. I'm not an extraordinary person a celebrity, or famous athlete. I'm just a regular guy with a child on the spectrum. If you need anything related to autism, ASI is the place to turn to.

Tim W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible, dynamic organization and leadership. My agency has benefited tremendously from our partnership.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our 9 year old daughter has aspergers. With little family to assist us, we looked for others going through what we were, but found no local groups. When ASI assisted in setting up a support group in our county we were excited. This group is what we spent 5 years looking for. It gives the members access to proffessional help and products they need, but just as important , it gives us others to talk to that understand what life with autism is like. In just 6 months ASI has brought 14 families together that otherwise might never have met. I support ASI totally and hope you will too.