At a Glance

Our Mission

Puzzle Solvers of Central Illinois, Inc. helps adults with autism live self-directed and fulfilling lives through self-advocacy skills, person-centered planning and community support. Our not-for-profit human services cooperative also educates the public about the barriers adults with autism face as they seek successful integration into the community, and advocates for the removal of these barriers.

 

Our Vision

People with autism can live well with their condition by learning self-advocacy skills and creating a community of support with help from peers and allies. Living with autism spectrum differences in a world where the majority of people are “neurotypical” can be a stressful experience. Many adults with autism have survived a lifetime of trauma stemming from peer bullying, continual misunderstandings, rejection by others and various forms of discrimination. Our program provides “safe space,” where people can be who they are, talk openly about their feelings and challenges without fear of rejection or other negative consequences, and help each other achieve self-determination to the greatest extent possible.

 

Governance

Puzzle Solvers of Central Illinois, Inc. was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization by the State of Illinois on Jan. 21, 2015, and granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service on October 7, 2015. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and By-Laws.