Our mission is to provide opportunities for inclusion, information, and support; to keep parents, family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and autistic individuals apprised of news and information, help them in their quest for services, and also in their quest for camaraderie with others in the autism community. We seek to directly help parents by providing opportunities for support, diagnosis, therapeutic services, inclusion and information, free of charge.
Our policy on membership fees, advertising, and our philosophy in general:
At AutismLink, we feel you shouldn’t have to pay for information and you shouldn’t have to pay to get to know other families in your area who have children with autism. Since over 80% of American families have access to the internet, we put it on the web — for free.
What do we do? It’s simple — we provide a place on the internet that gathers information from ALL organizations and put it in one place. We offer you a way to meet and talk to other parents in your area, and we offer a network of parents of children with autism who can help guide you. We don’t compete with support organizations such as the local chapters of ASA, etc. We work with them to provide you with information.
Copyrights and Our Logos
The majority of logos that you see on AutismLink are ours. Made by professional graphic designers, and copyrighted with the Library of Congress. We are very serious about copyright issues. We have a problem with people stealing our work, and we will pursue it. If you are a parent organization, and would like to use one or any of our logos, please email us and we will likely give you permission to use our logos. They may not, however, under any circumstances, be used to create products to make money of any kind. They can be used, with our speciic written permission, on informational materials such as newsletters, flyers, etc. The puzzle ribbon logo with the blue ribbon and the words “Autism Awareness” is also a copyright of AutismLink. Organizations NOT in the autism community using this logo, will be held accountable. We don’t mind autism organizations using the logo FOR INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS, but if you’re making money off of autistic children, and have nothing to do with autism, we have a problem with that.
One of those organizations is the VictoryStore.com — who has been using our copyrighted logo for well over a year. Our attorneys are currently litigating with this particular organization. The Victory Store does not give proceeds to children with autism. WE DO. Please don’t shop there.