• Recognize each family is unique; the family is the constant in the individual’s life; that they are the experts on the individual’s ability and needs; and, the strengths and needs of all family members are considered.
  • Easily accessible sources of timely, complete and unbiased information offered in a supportive way.
  • Meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.
  • Individual, parental and guardian choice to assure that people on the autism spectrum are treated with respect and dignity.
  • Programs that place primary emphasis on the strengthening of individuals and family functioning in ways that empower people to act on their own behalf.
  • Financially accountability to all stakeholders.


Autism Calgary does not support, endorse or recommend any method, treatment, product, remedial center, program or person for people with autism or autism related conditions. It does, however, endeavour to inform because it believes in the right to have access to the information available and to make individual choices.

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"I have Autism. I may not look unusual, but I experience the world much differently than you do. Autism makes it difficult for me to communicate with you, and sometimes causes me to have unusual behaviour. I am doing my very best. Please be patient with me and my caregivers, who are trying to give me a full and happy life."