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The Understanding Autism Organization is a U.S. charitable social service non-profit of Oregon. We have provided adaptive resources to the Autism community locally and around the PNW since 1992 and globally online since 1995. In 2012, upon our 20th anniversary,
we changed our original name and logo type, THRESHOLD, to match our website understandingautism.org.

A distinctive aspect of our mission journey as a charitable non-profit is that we have always sought to provide alternative Autism community information, service, program, or training resources not available from other sources. As our good outcomes lead other organizations to provide those same options or as changes in our organizational capacities, Autism community needs, or available technologies arise, we adapt our mission goals to fill in other better matched gaps in the Autism resources network that continue to promote positive change for people on spectrum. Upon our 25th anniversary as an Oregon charitable NPO in 2017, a convergence of our learning from our past mission outcomes and such significant changes, once again, moved our small flexible non-profit to strive on to complete all our previous mission goals while adapting our future mission vision to make our atypical way forward in loss. This is what Autism demands from us all.

We will continue our work to realize our 2012-2021 ten year NPO charitable mission plans. This effort will allow us to utilize all the Autism information and material resources that we have accumulated in ways that help address the longest running social problem facing our organization and the Autism community: resistance to the mutual changes that need to be accepted and made to apply best Autism practices over our life spans. Yet, by following new trends in open source publishing and social media networking available to us, we may better redefine that problem and pursue realistic solutions with renewed vigor, most often, at no or relatively low added cost to our organization and all Autism community stakeholders. In this way, our past charitable work will serve to build an enduring legacy of voice for those of us whose best practices progress is perenially lost to the mutual impacts of Autism on those of us with and without the biosocial power to live, work, survive or cope with loss over time.

We hope you will follow along as we strive to cross our 2021 mission goal line.

< See our past Trail of mission outcomes and future Path of new mission goal pursuits.

< Our Contact Us link lets various past and new mission stakeholders see how to reach us.