Autism Society of Maine
The Autism Society of Maine is a chartered state chapter of the Autism Society of America. ASM is a grassroots organization with a board of directors consisting of family members of people with autism, individuals on the spectrum and professionals who work with them. Incorporated in 1976, ASM serves as an information, referral and advocacy resource for individuals, their families, and professionals dealing with the autism spectrum of disorders.
In recent years, ASM has supported and introduced legislation to provide services to individuals with autism, participated in national and international conferences and symposiums, and has conducted a significant number of pubic awareness workshops and training programs.
Autism is a developmental disorder that impacts one in 110 children sometime in the first three years of life and affects the normal development of the brain in areas of cognition, social interaction and communication skills. Autism is now the third most common development disorder -- more common than Down Sydrome, Multiple Sclerosis or Cystic Fibrosis. There is no known cure for Autism.
The Autism Society of Maine is a non-profit organization that serves individuals with autism and their families, professionals, and communities by providing education, advocacy, referrals, and resource development. The Society provides current information in support of informed choice of treatments and services.