The Finnish Association for Autism and Asperger´s Syndrome
The Finnish Association for Autism and Asperger´s Syndrome was founded in 1997. The Association serves individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) or Rett syndrome, and their families.
The Association has 25 local member organizations, with about 3600 members in total. This includes individuals with ASDs and family members, as well as professionals in the field of autism. All of these groups are represented in our decision-making, on the national and local association boards.
Our goal at the Finnish Association for Autism and Asperger`s Syndrome is to change society in such ways that a good quality of life becomes attainable for all people on the autism spectrum.
The objective of the Association
The Finnish Association for Autism and Asperger´s Syndrome is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. We work to create the best possible conditions for children, adolescents and adults with ASDs, in the following ways:
Distribution of information through seminars, training events, printed material and other such means, to increase knowledge and understanding of the difficulties caused by ASDs
Developing the quality and improving the availability of services that support education, housing and everyday life
Creating opportunities for exchange of experience and knowledge between individuals with ASDs, parents and professionals
International collaboration to access and distribute research-based information, and to contribute ideas to research within the field
Main Services provided by the Association
AUTISMI magazine 4-5 times a year, received by all members
Monthly newsletter to member organizations
PR and information to main target groups, political decision makers, professional and general media
Developing services and interventions
Spreading good practice
Creating networks for professional collaboration
Daily guidance by service advisor during office hours, by phone and email or personally at the office
Guidance concerning diagnosis, support, interventions and services
Basic information about autism spectrum disorders
About 400 books and 90 videos
Available to members and the general public, free of charge
Several educational seminars per year organised by the Association
Providing information on ASD related training and education by other organisers
Support and interventions
The Association participates in planning, developing and organizing activities centered around support and intervention measures
The Association also
Issues statements to the media and to national and local decision makers
Influences legislation, and decision makers at national and local levels
Creates connections between researchers
Collects new ASD related information from international sources and distributes it in Finland
Supported by RAY.
The Finnish Association for Autism and Asperger´s Syndrome is supported by funding from RAY, Finland’s Slot Machine Association.