Autism Services, Inc. was founded in 1982 as a Saturday recreation program for children with autism. Over the last four decades, ASI has grown to become the only Western New York agency solely focused on supporting children and adults with autism, and their families. The agency has locations throughout the region offering a variety of individualized educational and quality of life services. Today, ASI provides support in many ways through an education program for adolescents ages 5-21, adult day services that encourage community inclusion and work-readiness, 13 residences, a well-respected visual and performing arts program, and extensive community outreach offerings.
Our mission is creating meaningful opportunities that enrich the lives of people with autism, their families and their communities. To that end, the agency is committed to a group of core objectives in treating, educating, and caring for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These are:
• Independence at its highest level
• Development and attainment of personal goals and objectives
• Maximizing educational, vocational, and cultural opportunities
• Societal inclusion and promoting autism acceptance in the community
The services provided by Autism Services are not designed to cure autism, but to help people with autism learn to function in a society that was never tailored to their needs. We approach autism as a culture that has much to contribute. With this at the heart of our philosophy, we are a platform for artists, writers, poets, and musical performers to express themselves to their communities. Through our signature arts program, the universal language of art and music is used to create a bridge between people with autism and the community at large. Involvement in the visual and performing arts allows our population to engage with the public, facilitating communication and socialization while increasing awareness. Our doors are always open to those in our community who need support.
Veronica E. Federiconi