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Support for Adults with autism

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:25 am
by cookiem
Are there any groups that focuses on support for adults with autism? Most things online seems to be directed towards children with autism.

Re: Support for Adults with autism

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 1:52 pm
by autistic19
I guess some of it depends on what exactly you're looking for, and for whom you are doing the looking. Are you autistic yourself, or are you looking for resources to help someone you know who is autistic? What sort of resources are you looking for?

If you're an autistic adult yourself, some good advocacy organizations to start with are the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) http://autisticadvocacy.org/ and the Autism Women's Network (AWN) https://autismwomensnetwork.org/ .

As far as forums go, I know of a couple off the top of my head. There's Wrong Planet http://wrongplanet.net/ which was one of the first and it's the biggest. It's kinda fallen apart of the past two years, both software wise and community wise. It's still huge and active, and a fine starter resource, but it's nowhere like it used to be. There's also Aspies Central https://www.aspiescentral.com/ . I don't know much about it, but I've heard it's good, it was a couple years ago anyway. But there's a bunch of other different communities out there in smaller forums, Facebook, blogs, etc. I've ended up finding most of my online support from other autistics on a service dog forum. So there are little niches out there.

If you're looking for resources for another person, or still even for yourself, a lot of organizations out there that once only had resources for children are now started to branch out and serve older and older people, though young adults are usually the focus. So if you're looking for local information about housing, job opportunities/help, social groups etc. I'd try and find a good state or local organization. But what's available depends on your area. But organizations like ASAN also have information about those sorts of things too.

I don't know if any of this is helpful for what you're looking for. I hope some of this is helpful. Good luck with your search. I can ask around some to find anything more specific to what you're looking for if you let me know.

Re: Support for Adults with autism

Posted: Sun May 28, 2017 7:00 am
by jaumeb
Thanks a19.

Re: Support for Adults with autism

Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 7:57 pm
by cookiem
autistic19 wrote:I guess some of it depends on what exactly you're looking for, and for whom you are doing the looking. Are you autistic yourself, or are you looking for resources to help someone you know who is autistic? What sort of resources are you looking for?

If you're an autistic adult yourself, some good advocacy organizations to start with are the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) http://autisticadvocacy.org/ and the Autism Women's Network (AWN) https://autismwomensnetwork.org/ .

As far as forums go, I know of a couple off the top of my head. There's Wrong Planet http://wrongplanet.net/ which was one of the first and it's the biggest. It's kinda fallen apart of the past two years, both software wise and community wise. It's still huge and active, and a fine starter resource, but it's nowhere like it used to be. There's also Aspies Central https://www.aspiescentral.com/ . I don't know much about it, but I've heard it's good, it was a couple years ago anyway. But there's a bunch of other different communities out there in smaller forums, Facebook, blogs, etc. I've ended up finding most of my online support from other autistics on a service dog forum. So there are little niches out there.

If you're looking for resources for another person, or still even for yourself, a lot of organizations out there that once only had resources for children are now started to branch out and serve older and older people, though young adults are usually the focus. So if you're looking for local information about housing, job opportunities/help, social groups etc. I'd try and find a good state or local organization. But what's available depends on your area. But organizations like ASAN also have information about those sorts of things too.

I don't know if any of this is helpful for what you're looking for. I hope some of this is helpful. Good luck with your search. I can ask around some to find anything more specific to what you're looking for if you let me know.

Thanks for the suggestions,

I'm mainly looking for myself ... I'm in my 30's and I've seem to have acquired the symptoms of autism/aspergers for the last few years. I guess I was just disappointed to see how pretty much everything seems geared towards parents with autistic children.