Our purpose and history
Building Autistic Community, Inc was founded by adults with Asperger's syndrome. Since then we have been proud to be one of the few full-time peer-run Asperger support organizations in the country.
We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation founded by persons with Asperger's in Westfield, Massachusetts. Since our first support group in 2009, our mission has been to provide each other the mutual support we need to build a more fulfilling future.
We provide a structured set of daily programming designed to provide the social, emotional, and motivational support needed to participate fully in the world.
We provide leadership in community-building, interpersonal support, education, and productive experience in a mutually-supportive environment. As an organization founded by adults with autism, we endeavor to be stewards of the values of self-determination, person-focused support, mutual respect, and the right to live a connected, productive, and fulfilling life.
Our community is most relevant to adults aged 18 and up who identify as having Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism, and PDD-NOS. Our new facilities are equipped with a computer lab, library, lounge, conference room, and coffee bar. We take pride in our space and are always striving to do more for our community.
For more information, please contact us at our office at (413) 359-0222 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our peer values
We define our practices as primarily “peer-based”-- that is, the organization is primarily run by the same demographic it serves. That is not to say it is exclusive to persons who identify as being on the autism spectrum. However, as an organization founded by persons who do identify as such, that has continued to include a majority of individuals on the autism spectrum in its leadership, it stands that autistic roles will continue to be the norm rather than the exception.
As an adult-focused community, BAC respects the personal autonomy of its membership. It will not encourage participants to engage in activities they find undesirable at the behest of a service provider, family member, or any other outside entity, unless otherwise indicated by law.
As a learning organization, we continually review and strive to improve our own processes. We welcome difficult and challenging questions as paramount to the process of self-improvement.
Our programs are best-positioned to support persons with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. They are less effective in supporting individuals whose wants and needs are outside the scope of our existing services.
We endeavor to maintain positive collaborative relationships with any and all willing autism agencies. We believe, as a whole, that meaningful progress cannot be made should lines of communication be severed by differences of opinion or political concerns.