Where do you look for support?
“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.
Walk beside me and be my friend.”
- Albert Camus (also attributed to Maimonidies).
One of the greatest challenges in life is feeling as though you are alone. If you have been diagnosed for the first time, or if your child has been diagnosed for the first time with autism, PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), or with Asperger’s, it’s easy to feel very much alone.
Reaching out and getting support is a very important part of success and resilience in life. This post represents a small beginning in gathering some helpful links to sites that represent helpful support for those on the autism spectrum, and their families.
Dr. Tony Attwood is a psychologist specializing in writing, researching, and advocating for individuals with Aspergers everywhere. He is based out of Australia.
Here are some links to Aspergers support groups on his site:
Web Based Support Groups page that he has put together at his site.
Support Groups Outside of Australia (he is based out of Australia, and has a whole section devoted to support groups just within Australia)
Here is a Directory of Support Groups and Organizations for Asperger Syndrome that looks very helpful.
One of my favorite online Aspergers support groups for both NT’s (neurotypicals) and Aspies of all ages is Wrong Planet. I encourage you to check it out: it’s got over 35, 000 members. Alex Plank, the founder, himself has Asperger’s, and started the online autism community, as it’s termed, when he was in college!
It’s got forums for broad areas such as ‘coping in life (areas include dating, school, parenting, social skills and making friends, and finding a job/working,’, ‘topical discussions’ (that are not just about Aspergers), ‘Age/Gender Related Discussions.’
OASIS @ MAAP
From the website:
Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).
This is a link to their page to find local help and services in your area.
My friends, this list is just a beginning. Please do feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] , or leave a comment after this post with other suggestions of both online and offline resources for support groups for individuals and families with Aspergers.