The Autism Society of the Quad Cities (ASQC) is an Iowa nonprofit charitable corporation incorporated in 2004 with its own, independent tax exemption under 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(3). It is also the local chapter of the Autism Society of America (ASA). Before incorporation ASQC had existed since its founding in 1974 as an unincorporated association, affiliated with ASA as its local chapter, performing charitable services similar to those it currently provides.
Our charitable activities consist of education, support, and advocacy for persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and their parents, caregivers, and professionals. Our educational activities consist of the presentation of events such as conferences, symposia, and workshops relating to ASD, dissemination of information and literature on ASD, and referral to treatment and community resources. Our support includes support groups for families, caregivers, and young adults and children with ASD; we also provide occasional limited monetary grants relating to ASD. We advocate for beneficial legislation and regulation for those with ASD by urging our members to contact their federal and state legislators and agencies concerning such matters.We perform these services for those in the metropolitan Quad-Cities, consisting of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline, Illinois, and the surrounding area in Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine Counties in Iowa, and Rock Island and Henry Counties in Illinois. All members of ASA in that territory are also our members.