The mission of FPDA is to fight for the rights of people with autism and their families and represent its member associations near national and international organizations.
Objectives: to support research on the autistic spectrum disorders; to promote the education and training of the persons with autism to their full inclusion in society; to give support and training to families; to improve the quality of life of persons with autism through the access to a proper diagnosis, early intervention, inclusive schooling and education all through their lives and to promote employment and access to an adequate housing. To reach these objectives FPDA organizes services and promotes national and international projects of common interest to its associated members. FPDA has partnerships with Universities and is a member of the Council of Administration of Autism-Europe, Vice-president (18 years).
The President of FPDA, representing the federation, is a member of the Commission to accompany and evaluate the Inclusion in the Portuguese Schools (Ministry of Education), a member of the City Council of Lisbon for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and a member of the Observatory for Disability and Human Rights. FPDA follows the Charter for People with autism approved by the European Parliament (1996) and also the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
FPDA is accredited through ISO 9001:2015.