About Us

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Mission:  

Investing together to grow, learn, and serve the families of Oklahoma affected by autism

Vision: 

We bring hope and empowerment as we help Oklahoma become more autism-friendly and aware!

AutismOklahoma is a non-profit organization that believes that every person with autism is unique and important. Our organization helps individuals with autism reach their full potential, helps families thrive, and help communities understand and embrace differences.

Our organization is dependent upon private donations from individuals and corporations.  In fact, these donations account for 90% of our annual funding.  Our dream is to create a substantial and positive impact for families affected by autism in the state of Oklahoma. We want to bring hope, empower our kids, and help Oklahoma become more autism-friendly and aware!  We want every person and family affected by autism to have the opportunity to reach their potential and do great things!

The following video expresses our vision and philosophy:

Summary of Common Philosophy:

  • Every person with autism is unique and has something to offer our community.
  • By creating interest based connections, individuals with autism are able to reach their potential.
  • We are families helping families and every family has a unique story and journey.
  • We are seizing the opportunities to reach our communities and our state with a positive autism awareness message.

AutismOklahoma.org started in 2002 in Edmond, Oklahoma.  Today, we have ten parent support groups throughout Oklahoma, an annual PieceWalk & 5K, summer camps, Bees Knees, college, teen, and adult groups as well as many more community events and social opportunities.   Our website, e-newsletters, social media, and our mascot Dash provide ways for us to to reach out and connect with each other and with the community.

The 3 ways we accomplish our vision.

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Programs that build autism awareness in our communities.

Community Programs

Programs that provide support for families.

Parent Support Groups Impact Hundreds

Unique and creative summer camps serve as a model for other communities.

Creative Programs Change Lives

Unique and creative clubs that meet all year round can transform a young adult who have autism.

Clubs Transform Members

 

AutismOklahoma.org upholds the following core values and beliefs

  • Every person with autism is unique and has something amazing to offer our community and society.
  • By creating interest based connections, individuals with autism are able to shine and reach their potential. 
  • In order to better serve our children and other families, we must become engaged family participants rather than bystanders.  Government or education systems cannot and will not “fix” our children or families but we can increase opportunities, joy, and outcomes by helping each other. 
  • We are families helping families!  AOK will build a structure to support engaged parents and families through their journey.  This is our best chance of helping 1 in 50 children who have autism.
  • We will develop and invest in parent leaders who are engaged and participating to support our cause and the programs of AOK.
  • All our groups will provide a safe place to share experiences and challenges with other families who can relate and support each other.  “Safe place” means that we are grounded in grace and kindness toward everyone.
  • We will not judge others and we will not criticize approaches that work for families.
  • Creativity is essential to reaching individuals with autism and we are all changed by providing a platform that encourages creativity and expression.
  • We will encourage parent leaders to develop innovative ideas that have a big impact on individuals and families affected by autism.  We have grown by seizing opportunities to make something big happen!
  • We are committed to bringing out the best in others and will always have hope.
  • We will seize the opportunities to reach our communities and our state with a positive autism awareness message. 
  • We will look for and invest in programs that have a big impact on individuals with autism and their families.

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