Who We Are

About Us

Who We Are

The mission of the Nebraska Affiliate of the Autism Society of America is to support and advocate for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.


                         Core Services of the Autism Society of Nebraska


The Autism Society of Nebraska’s local support networks are the capstone of our organization.  We provide supportive events, resources, and training across the lifespan.  In addition, the Autism Society of Nebraska participates in local and statewide collaborative efforts with other agencies.  

Information & Referral 

The Autism Society of Nebraska provides information and referral through a website, 800 number, social media, and local support networks. 


The Autism Society of Nebraska works to educate individuals on the autism spectrum, their loved ones, professionals, and the public about autism to foster awareness, acceptance, and autonomy.  At the state level, the Autism Society of Nebraska collaborates with the NE ASD Network at the state autism conference each year.   Our organization is collaborating to produce and promote safety training for first responders and individuals on the autism spectrum. 

Legislative Advocacy

The Autism Society of Nebraska advocacy efforts have improved the lives of those on the autism spectrum and their families.  At the national level, the Autism Society of Nebraska meets with our elected officials to promote a legislative agenda to advance the quality of life of all on the autism spectrum and their family members by participating at Autism Society’s Day on the Hill in Washington, DC.  At the state level, the Autism Society of Nebraska actively participates in state legislative efforts.


We hope you consider helping us make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism here in Nebraska.

Our address is:

Autism Society of Nebraska
PO Box 83559
Lincoln, NE 68501-3559

For further information about the Autism Society of Nebraska please contact us by emailing autismsociety@autismnebraska.org or by calling toll free at 1-800-580-9279.

Board of Directors

Connection to autism: Family Member

Education: BA Social Work – University of Nebraska

Employment: NE Autism Spectrum Disorders Network at the University of Nebraska

Committees & Groups:
NE ASD Standing Committee Parent representative member 2010-present
Nebraska State Autism Collaborative- Autism Society of Nebraska Representative 2012-present
NE ASD SE Region Advisory Team Parent Representative 2014-present
NE ASD SE Regional Directors Advisory Team Parent Representative 2014- present
Autism Society of America Nebraska Representative

Autism Society of Nebraska
Lincoln East Band Boosters


Connection to autism: family members

Education: BA St. Catherine University, Business Administration Major

Committees & Groups:
NE Special Education Advisory Council Member

ASN Omaha Leadership Council President
ASN Omaha Puzzle Walk Co-Chair

Connection to Autism: Family Member

Education: BA, Theatre

Employment: Homemaker and Professional Volunteer

Committees & Groups:
ASA Committee on Underserved Populations and Minorities
Alternate Autism Society of America Nebraska Representative
P.E.O. member – Past chapter president, past Omaha Area Vice-president
PTO Member (3 schools)

Autism Society of Nebraska
ASN Omaha Puzzle Walk Chair & Co-Chair 2011-2014
Jubilee Church – Praise & Worship Team, Communications Chair
Elementary School Box Tops Chairman
Middle School Directory Chairman
Band Orchestra Parent Group – North High School
The Rose Children’s Theatre
Omaha Music Teacher’s Association – Competitions & Festival volunteer
Brookside Mama Bunch
Madonna School Annual Auction

Connection to Autism: Family member

Education: BA Family & Consumer Science/Business

Employment: Lincoln County Clerk/Election Commissioner

Committees & Groups:
Public Schools Special Education Committee
Legislative Committee – Nebraska County Clerk, Election Commissioners and Register of Deeds

Autism Society North Platte Support Network – Leader
Autism Society North Platte Puzzle Walk Chair
Lincoln County Employees Adopt A School Program

Janine Brooks-Self Advocate
Connection to Autism: Adult on the Autism Spectrum and parent of child on the spectrum
Education: BA English-University of Nebraska
Employment:Chemistry Department, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Michelle Kelly
Connection to Autism: Family member
Education: BS Human Resources & Family Sciences, UNL
Employment: UNMC
Volunteering: Autism Society Omaha Support Network – Past VP; PTA


Support Communities

The Autism Society of Nebraska has a growing number of support networks around the state. Each ASN support network has local meetings, events and activities for individuals and families. Currently there are six ASN support networks: Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha and Scottsbluff. Do you or someone you know have an interest in starting an ASN support network in your community? If so please email us at autismsociety@autismnebraska.org.

Photo Gallery

Mara Fritts

Connection to Autism: Self- Advocate and family members 
Employment:  Williamsburg Behavioral Health


State Autism Collaborative