Autism Services Inc., (ASI) was organized in 1984 by the parents of sons and daughters with autism and professionals to serve the then unaddressed needs of high functioning autistic adults and their families.  In early 1985 it opened its first group home and hired a small staff, headed by Curtis Bass, who in 2014 is completing a 30-year tenure at ASI.

Autism is one of the most challenging conditions affecting people. For decades it was poorly understood and often confused with a wide variety of mental disorders that often produced symptoms similar to those affecting persons with autism.

Autism is medically defined as a developmental disorder that appears by age three and that is variable in expression but is recognized and diagnosed by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by stereotyped behavior patterns, especially exhibited by a preoccupation with repetitive activities of restricted focus rather than with flexible and imaginative ones.

In reality, autism exhibits a spectrum of behavioral characteristics that do not fit neatly into any simple definition. 

From the outset, ASI has reached out to and served adults with autisim not served by any other organization in the Research Triangle Area of North Carolina. Its mission is threefold: l) to provide community-based homes and programs for adults, children, and adolescents with autism; 2) to transition adults with autism from intermediate care facilities (ICFs)  and other institutions to more independent living  arrangements and 3) to preclude the need to institutionalize adults for whom more independent arrangements are appropriate. 

ASI is proud of its success in carrying out its historic mission while adapting to the  changes required to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving health care system.  Today, ASI remains one of the few organizations in its primary service area committed to serving high functioning adults and their families in addition to individuals with a myriad of other developmental disabilities.