Connect

Here you’ll find some organizations, other websites, etc. that can be used to connect with other students and families. Inclusion here does not constitute endorsement – “trust but verify.” Especially the verify part.

Organizations

The Autism Higher Education Foundation “recognizes that the current lack of lifelong learning opportunities in higher education, music and the arts for individuals with autism is a civil rights issue which demands immediate action.
The Foundation’s long-term mission is to create global access to educational opportunities for individuals with autism. The Autism Higher Education Foundation exists to create, improve, and provide access to college-level educational opportunities to individuals on the autism spectrum who have requisite reading and writing skills and would like to continue to advance their learning beyond high school, but are otherwise unable to do so.”

Autism Network International “is an autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people. ”

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network “seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. Drawing on the principles of the cross-disability community, ASAN seeks to organize the community of Autistic adults and youth to have our voices heard in the national conversation about us. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens.”

Autism Speaks “has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.”

Blogs

Autistic Hoya – a Georgetown student involved with ASAN – focused in large part (but not just) thinking about self-identity as an Autistic. NEW

LA Jones the author – a college student with Asperger’s who blogs (mostly) about the self-publishing world

The Third Glance – blogging from a PhD student who happens to be autistic.

My Autism My Voice – a vlog (video blog) by a young man who’s now in graduate school

NatKat921 – advice for college (and life), polls, challenges from a college student

Navigating College – infrequent but valuable posts by college students with ASD’s.

Illusion of Competence – wide-ranging, often controversial musings by a college student on the spectrum.

Mailing Lists

ASPIRES is an e-mail subscription list for individuals with AS, and those who have a parent, spouse, or child with AS.  We share our family and relational experiences, resources and survival tips as well as offer encouragement and hope.  Through sharing, we hope to lighten one another’s burdens and find positive solutions to many of the troubling challenges that characterize our relationships and bridge the communication gap that exists in everyday life. NEW

ANI-L is a mailing list of Autism Network International, for people on the spectrum. NEW

Discussion Forums

Aspie Tribe – a Google group for Aspie adults.

Aspies Central – includes an “Education and Employment” forum.

Spectrumville – an online community for people on the spectrum; includes a “School and Work” forum. NEW

Wrong Planet “is the web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences.” Includes a forum on school/college life.

College Confidential is not specific to students with ASD’s, but has a discussion area that includes both forums (fora?) on ASD’s and threads that focus on ASD’s. CC can be a bit intimidating (lots of focus on “top” schools), but is chock-full of good information (a discussion there was the inspiration for this site).

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