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Over the years, our mission trail to provide best developmental Autism practices research, services, programs, and training lead our older students with more severe Autism to become mature and socially motivated enough to serve as peer guides to new younger students and their parents. As program alum they were even more eager and skilled in their roles as demonstration assistants in our professional provider trainings. Seeing our first students at Step Up join our volunteer teams to help us train people with and without Autism truly completed the circle of our original mission. They had come to us as infants with profound Autism and secondary developmental conditions and now as adults they were working along side us to reach that same mission goal for people with and without Autism. It was not a cure they sought from us--it was the belonging of real competency, and fuller participation in good works of importance. That is what they had showed us--a path of mutual development that we had the privilege to walk with them. This truth brought us to a core question for any small adaptive volunteer charitable non-profit whose Autism community members must work and live together in profound able loss and what is still relative adaptive resource poverty: "How can we share what we learn from our work and play together to help others in need?"

< See Latest News to learn more about how we began to make the shift away from direct program and services that we opened in 1992 and make plans to become a research and practice training organization by 2012. This goal would increase our reach to help other members of the Autism community achieve our same positive results by duplicating our best developmental outcomes in their Autism programs. As we completed all our past research projects in 2013 we saw that we had developed a wonderful base of practice resources that we could capture in visual archival form to provide it to the public online so that all Autism community members could access it regardless of their financial means. We could do that work once we got into long term stable operation sites working with volunteers from organizations that seek to provide technical and media help to charitable organizations serving families in loss. We have reached that path now and are continuing our journey in loss to reach our goals by 2021.

Along the way, we began to wonder if we should carefully avoid or caringly join the world of social media in new and innovative ways to foster our mission progress more quickly. We have decided to "caringfully" and gradually make that leap-as we know so many of our Autism community members of this generation may be able to find us there too. These new available technological out reach might well be the most affordable way to carry on our tradition of filling the gaps in other ways of knowing, doing, being, and making our way forward in relation to the mutual impacts of Autism in a world that does not provide the specific best practices resources that are well-matched to us. But it will be risky given the structural loss of humane civility and organizational norms that social media has brought on for all of us with and without Autism. We are exploring that real possibility in the face of what often seem like impossible obstacles for those of us in profound loss and at serious risks of harm that accompany us on this long journey.

We have two big final 2012-2021 ten year mission plan goals to achieve before we make another huge leap of faith in good works yielding positive ends and put it all out there:

First we are going to translate the research work of the last quarter century into new online resources that will include the update and relaunching of our web matrix map of information about Autism. Our last matrix focused on fact-based information grounded in scientific research. Over the years, we applied and shared this knowledge and supported other non-profits in their work to do the same locally and globally. Now those organizations (The Autism Research Institute, The Autism Society of Oregon/America, Autism Speaks) are meeting that need well. Therefore, in our new website, we will follow our long-held mission vision of providing alternative resources not already provided by other sources. So while we will provide links to those allied sources for visitors to our web site, our information will arise from the social studies of Autism and its difficult and progressing history of inquiry both well-established scientific and quantitative and emergence social and qualitative. This kind of information base does not now currently exist. More, the face of the recent and largest mass shootings in American history all being linked to a lack of life span identification of risks related to gaps in information about our Autism community-based needs unmet, available adaptive resource research, best practice programs, and well-matched services it is clear that we are in need of a much better mutual understanding. This next NPO mission work,l will then reach out to and for the vast majority of us living and working in loss in peace-able ways together can be heard as a voice for positive changes that make us all safer and freer. <Our Path Ahead: fill gaps in <other ways of knowing Autism by doing <open source information systems design and production while being in ethical <able allyship to the Autism community through making our huge base of adaptive visual <resource stores available to the world in perpetuity, to order to better realize the fullest public benefit of our 25 years of charitable activities. This is not only possible--it is very doable for our volunteers.

Second, we will pursue plans to develop, locate, and build a more modest best Autism practices model site that is adaptive, sustainable, green, and focused on creative endeavors of people with and without Autism living and working together. Our lab research space within this new site will then be view-able online to share how to achieve this, our final mission vision, globally. Based on our past works to survive in loss in ways that let us all thrive this is also a doable thing. If you have stable charitable support or ethical technical help to offer do <Contact Us