Autism Speaks is an organization that was founded in 2005. Their mission:
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Their website, found here, includes resources about increasing global understanding and acceptance of people with autism, early childhood screening, adult transition, and research breakthroughs.
The Autism Society of America was founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan, and parents of children with autism. Their website can be found here, and writes:
The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. We provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates.
The Autism Society also hosts the most comprehensive national conference on autism, on average attended by a thousand people each year. Our Information and Referral team, our program staff and our strong affiliate presence in states and communities throughout the country serve thousands of families each year who are searching for help in their journey with autism.
The Autism Society engages in fair hiring practices and is an equal opportunity employer that also strongly encourages people with developmental disabilities to apply for vacant positions. It is the Society’s policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, sex, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, familial status or the presence of disabilities.