Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) is a consortium of national, regional and local autism organizations co-founded by NEXT for AUTISM and Autism Speaks to set national priorities, transform public policy and create programming for adolescents and adults with autism.
When it was founded in 2008, AFAA was among the first, organized efforts to focus attention on the fast-growing population of adults with autism. NEXT for AUTISM led this consortium to determine the scope of need and to develop quality, coordinated and comprehensive services. AFAA has been the catalyst for national discussions about how to realize meaningful futures for adults with autism that include homes, jobs, recreation, friends and supportive communities. AFAA has led NEXT for AUTISM to launch a number of programs for adults in the areas of employment training and community living.