North Carolina Autism Alliance

The Autism Alliance is a statewide committee of state agency representatives, researchers, advocacy organization representatives, consumers, and parents of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. It grew out of the regional Act Early Summit in 2009 and has expanded to include multiple and diverse agencies and individuals. The Alliance meets quarterly at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at UNC Chapel Hill and provides a forum for members to learn about what is taking place in the state related to ASD and to investigate ways to collaborate on current and future projects/initiatives. While the Alliance's primary focus is on early identification and intervention in autism, discussion expands to issues across the lifespan for individuals with ASD and their families.

The stated long-term mission of the Alliance is to promote a high quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

The long-term objectives of the Alliance include:

  1. having a coordinated system of care that is accessible by all consumers with ASD, and their families that extends across the lifespan (although our initial focus is on early screening and intervention)
  2. having a strong interdisciplinary workforce in the state that is competent with early screening, differential diagnosis, evidence-based interventions, transitional services, and other life skill needs
  3. having reduced time from initial parental concerns to initial service provision

Several collaborative projects have been developed by the Alliance and are currently underway.