P.O. Box 341041
Memphis, TN 38184
Improving the lives of all affected by autism through: family support, community awareness, and advocacy.
ARMS Vision Statement:
Autism Resources of the Mid-South is a leading voice and resource of the autism community in education, advocacy, and support. ARMS is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. The ARMS accomplishes its ongoing mission through close collaboration with a successful network of chapters, members and supporters.
ARMS Options Policy:
ARMS promotes the active and informed involvement of family members and the individual with Autism in the planning of individualize, appropriate services and supports. The Board of the Autism Resources of the Mid-South believes that each person with autism is a unique individual. Each family and individual with autism should have the right to learn about and then select, the options that they feel are most appropriate for the individual with autism. To the maximum extent possible, we believe that the decisions should be made by the individual with autism in the collaboration with family, guardians and caregivers.
Services should enhance and strengthen natural family and community supports for the individual with autism and the family whenever possible. The service option designed for an individual with autism should result in improved quality of life. Abusive treatment of any kind is not an option.
We firmly believe that no single type of program or service will fill the needs of every individual with autism and that each person should have access to support services. Selection of a program, service or method of treatment should be on the basis of a full assessment of each person’s abilities, needs and interests. We believe that services should be outcome based to insure that they meet the individualized needs of a person with autism.
With appropriate education, vocational training and community living options and support systems, individuals with autism can lead dignified, productive lives in their communities and strive to reach their fullest potential.
Autism of the Mid-South believes that all individuals with autism have the right to access appropriate services and supports based on their needs and desires.
ARMS Guiding Principles:
The growing membership base of the ARMS encompasses a broad, diverse group of parents, family members and professionals. Recognizing and respecting the diverse range of opinions, needs and desires of this group, the ARMS embraces an overall philosophy that chooses to empower individuals with autism and their parents or caregivers to make choices best suited to the needs of the person with autism. Providing information and education to help in decision-making are more highly regarded at the ARMS than is advocating for one particular theory or philosophy.
ARMS Mission Areas:
The development of five “core competencies” as a means to implement the ASMS Mission and Vision is proposed the ARMS new strategic plan. Those areas include:
Quality of Life Indications
Our efforts must be focused around programs that improve the quality of life for people on the autism spectrum. Programs are geared toward improving quality of life today and must reflect the following desired outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum: