The Autism Society of Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving services for as many as 30,000 individuals affected by autism in Alabama through education and advocacy. ASA educates different groups in different ways….community presentations to civic groups, lectures to professional groups, conferences and seminars to parents, as well as, teachers and other professionals who work with individuals with autism. ASA supports families and parents by offering information and referral, support groups (opportunities to network with others) and family weekend camps. ASA also supports the families and individuals affected by advocating for their needs on a state level. In 2009, two pieces of legislation were passed approving a state autism coordinator and statewide regional centers. Both are instrumental in creating a system of care for autism in the state. For more information about the Autism Society of Alabama and Autism Spectrum disorders, please call (877) 4-AUTISM or visit the ASA website at http://www.autism-alabama.org.