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Our organization was established in 1997 as the first, exclusively Connecticut, autism advocacy organization for individuals and families. In 2000, we became ASRC, the acronym for Autism Spectrum Resource Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. While continuing to operate as ASRC, we legally changed our name in 2015, to Autism Resources & Services Connecticut to better describe our mission and services.
While serving as Connecticut’s resource for autism services and supports, and as a non-profit not funded by state or federal money, we count on the generous support of donors like you, as well as grants and fundraising activities to support our programming initiatives and keep our doors open.
ASRC believes that everyone deserves to live their best life possible. This belief guides ASRC’s mission to provide lifelong access to opportunities for persons on the autism spectrum with the goal of being fully-included and participating members of their communities.
ASRC's philosophy is driven by the understanding that ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) presents itself differently in different people, therefore no single intervention is helpful for all individuals on the autism spectrum. Families need to make decisions based on good information (education) in conjunction with what they already understand about their child/teen/adult.
ASRC’s vision is two-fold: to prepare those with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) for the world, as we prepare the world for those with ASD.
ASRC has lead the way in advocating at the state level for family and adult services for over 20 years, and continues to be a voice in Hartford to help expand on those services now in place.
A key player in creating the pilot program for adult services, the Division of Autism, and the Waiver for adults with ASD, all located within the Department of Developmental Services, ASRC has also served as a participating stakeholder on many committees, councils and other bodies at the state level including the Advisory Council for the Autism Division currently located at The Department of Social Services.