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Community: Support Groups and Disability Specific Organizations

Asperger Syndrome


See also Autism
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State Listings:   AL / NJ / NY    (Official USPS State Abbreviations)
Country Listings:   Australia   / France   


National

ASPEN (Asperger Syndrome Education Network) provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, High Functioning Autism), and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with:

ASPEN is a national volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization with headquarters in New Jersey. Their fifteen Chapters meet monthly, alternating parent support meetings with speaker presentations. ASPEN offers professionals the opportunity to join at meetings where speakers are scheduled and provides Professional Development Hours to those who attend. ASPEN is registered with the NJ Department of Education (registration #1619) as a Professional Development Provider. Membership includes a newsletter and resource directory, access to their lending library. Additionally, ASPEN maintains a comprehensive website and sponsors conferences featuring some of the most prominent names in the research community.

Asperger's Disorder Homepage is an informative website for parents of children with Asperger Syndrome. This website includes helpful materials on Asperger Syndrome, information on diagnosis, and links to other helpful organizations.

ASPIRES (Asperger Syndrome Partners & Individuals Resources, Encouragement and Support) is an on-line resource for spouses and family members of adults diagnosed or suspected to be on the autistic spectrum. Their approach is directed towards solving problems in relationships. ASPIRES is an e-mail subscription list for individuals with Asperger Syndrome, and those who have a parent, spouse, or child with Asperger Syndrome. They share their family and relational experiences, resources and survival tips as well as offer encouragement and hope. Through sharing, they hope to lighten one another's burdens and find positive solutions to many of the troubling challenges that characterize their relationships and bridge the communication gap that exists in everyday life. This website has resources, books, and news on Asperger Syndrome.

GRASP: The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership is an educational and advocacy organization that is serving individuals on the autism spectrum, and run BY those individuals. GRASP has many Support Group Networks in operation and offers a list from all over the country. The present focus of the organization is support and education, but they also have an interest in advocacy and monitoring of social services and professionals in the field. The basic philosophy of the GRASP organization is to maximize the positive aspects of Asperger Syndrome, and to minimize the negative aspects. They have local support groups in New York City, Long Island, Southern New England and a new group is forming to serve the Philadelphia/Southern Jersey/Delaware area.

MAAP Services for the Autism Spectrum "The Autism Source. A Global Information Source for More Advanced Individuals with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, Hyperlexia and NLD (Nonverbal Learning Disorders." This national nonprofit group has been providing support to families and individuals with Asperger Syndrome and other High Functioning Autism spectrum disorders for many years. They sponsor a very large annual conference and publish a quarterly newsletter. In addition, they are now actively involved in research and national advocacy. Please visit their recently updated web site above or contact them at: MAAP Services, P.O. Box 524, Crown Point, Indiana, 46307 or phone: 1-219-662-1311.


New England States


Asperger's Association of New England (AANE's) mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for individuals with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions and their families. AANE is made up of individuals with Asperger Syndrome, their families, friends and professionals. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with AS and related conditions. They invite parents, adults with AS, teachers and professionals to call the Asperger's Information Line - 617-393-3824 - for information, support, resources and referrals. Be sure to ask about their three Family Grant Programs, funded by the generosity of the Edwin Philips Foundation, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, and an esteemed private donor. AANE has chapters in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Western Massachusetts and Vermont. Although technically a regional organization, they have become national leaders in areas such as support, education and advocacy. They sponsor many conferences and workshops. The main chapter is located in 182 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Phone: (617) 393-3824. Fax: (617) 393-3827 and email: info@aane.org.

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State Listings


Alabama

New Sign Alabama Autism and Aspergers Statewide Network info and support network provides many resources on various topics of support on their page Network Links and Resources: including Advocacy, Age Specific, Diagnosis/Treatment/Medical, Education, Camps and Recreation, Family Support, and Statewide Resources.

New Sign Aspergers Specific Supports is another link on the Alabama Statewide Network that has support groups for people with Aspergers. Support groups may be helpful as you may find out how others have made this transition to employment, the companies that hired them and how to find assistance.

New Sign Autism Society of Alabama Community Supports for Adults responds daily to requests for information. Their toll-free Information and Referral Line, 1-877-4AUTISM, receives more than 3,000 calls a year. They maintain a resource list of services that have been recommended by families and professionals. Additionally, families may call to access written information on a variety of topics.


New Jersey

Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN) is a regionally-based non-profit organization headquartered in New Jersey, with 12 local chapters, providing families and those individuals affected with Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, and related disorders, education about the issues surrounding Asperger Syndrome and other related disorders,support in knowing that they are not alone and in helping individuals with AS achieve their maximum potential, and advocacy in areas of appropriate educational programs and placement, medical research funding and increased public awareness and understanding. They also offer a very informative website. For more information, e-mail info@AspenNJ.org.


New York

Spectrum Social Skills Solutions, Inc is a fee based service company that is committed to better the quality of life for individuals with social skills deficits. They offer interpersonal and social skills seminars for children ages 6-18 as well as young adults. These seminars may help those who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD, PDD, ADD, anxiety / depression, difficulty with assertion, bullying, self confidence, engaging in conversation, or lack of friends. Spectrum Social Skills Solutions Inc. does offer a free parent support group. For more information, contact Spectrum Social Skills Solutions, Inc., 38 Winthrop Place, Staten Island, New York 10314, Phone: (347) 944-5900 or send Email to: help@spectrumsocialskills.com

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Country Listings


Australia

Asperger Syndrome Support Network, Victoria, Australia is a group of parents who have a family member diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), an Autism Spectrum Disorder. They hold regular coffee mornings and evenings, information sessions and seminars on Asperger Syndrome. Many people really enjoy getting together to talk about their family member who has Asperger Syndrome in an understanding and supportive environment. For more information call, (03) 9845 2766.


France

Asperger Aide Association Nationale pour l'aide aux personnes atteintes du Syndrome d'Asperger. This Asperger association is an organization of parents and professionals to assist individuals with Asperger Syndrome and is located in France. The website is entirely in French, with an English version of the website under construction. The organization has a newsletter and one can send e-mail from the form on the website or call 06.83.50.35.74.

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