Founded as the “Society for the Autistic” during the mid 1980’s, the organization was established as a support group by a small group of parents in Fayetteville, NC who wanted to become more knowledgeable about autism and improve the quality of life for their children.In 1996, the organization received its 501(c)(3) non-profit status, establishing it as the first “affiliate” of the Autism Society of NC.