About ASCO

The connection is you!

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Who we are

Autism Society Central Ohio (ASCO) is an affiliate of The Autism Society of America which was founded in 1965. ASCO has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 25 years, providing advocacy, education, information and referral, support and community in central Ohio

Our mission

We create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully.

Our vision

 Creating a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it. 

Our manifesto

 Because the experience of Autism is not one thing. Because it is many things. And because the connection between those experiences is you. 

 

 Because we see you. The way you think. The dreams you hold. The talents you bring. Because you can't be categorized into neat little diagnostic boxes. Because you break the mold

 

Because sometimes you're quiet. Because sometimes you eed help reaching for where you eling. Because sometimes what happens is not always right or fair or just. Because there are keys to every door that look locked. 

 

Because no matter how you were born, the person yo are is infinite - and you are the only you there is. 

Because Autism is not going away, neither are we. 

The Autism Society.

The connection is you.

 

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Our values.

Dignity,

where the value and self-determination of every individual is upheld

 

Equity,

where everyone with Autism achieves the highest possible quality of life

 

Inclusion,

Where every person is integrated into society without barriers or exceptions in the collaborative environment

 

Diversity,

where everyone is respected for their unique and individual differences

 

Integrity,

where we conduct ourselves with honor, truth and respect in our thoughts, and words, and actions

 

We create connection

We connect people with Autism to the resources they need to live full, vibrant, self-actualized lives.

 

Experiences over spectrum

Spectrum is useful as a medical diagnosis of a neurological condition. It is also impossibly connective and impersonal, somethin people are squeezed into without much agency. Experience, on the other hand, is the expression of an individual's truth. 

It is not about a diagnosis, it is about living. And life is innumberable and infinitely inconclusive.

 

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