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Autism Speaks Changes it Mission Statement to Take on a More Positive Tone

Nava Silton

For the first time, the nation’s largest Autism advocacy organization has changed its mission statement. The Autism Speaks’ board of directors voted in late September to modify the mission statement, which has remained the same since 2005. The statement has not only been shortened, but has removed the words “struggle,” “hardship” and “crisis.” Additionally, the mission statement lacks any mention of the cure that had been a previous focus. This organization now focuses on helping individuals on the autism spectrum lead fulfilling lives rather than focusing on the disorder as something that needs to be cured. Read more about the change here.