Guiding Principle

Guiding Principles: The Somali Parent Autism Network and its affiliates are committed to these core principles:

We provide services without regard to a person’s age, race, income level or level of need on the autism spectrum
We provide families, professionals and individuals living with autism with opportunities to participate in our governance, on our committees, and as staff members
We partner with others to advance the well-being of all living with autism
We promote individual choice and self-determination of individuals living with autism, aided by parental and guardian advocacy
We recognize a person living with autism can and should be able to maximize his/her quality of life and oppose any denial of their opportunities
We oppose any discrimination and harm directed towards individuals living with autism and their families
We are transparent, responsible and accountable to those we serve, those who support us, and the general community in our stewardship of funds
We assure the confidentiality of our services – and adhere to required confidentiality laws, and regulations pertaining to such services
We strive to ensure our programs, services, and decisions are outcome-driven
We maintain independence from political partisanship and commercial interests
We respect the work of our affiliates and do not engage in actions that enhance one organization at the expense of others
We support data and evidence-based analyses of options informed by broad knowledge of educational, research, clinical, government, business and program services experience
We support an options policy and provide information on all options so individuals can exercise freedom of choice in their decision-making