Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Socializing Group

FREE monthly group for adults on the high-end of the autism spectrum. Socialize, get acquainted, have great discussions.

When: Second and fourth Wednesdays | 7:00-9:00 PM
Where: Grace Lutheran Church | 112th and Greenwood Ave N. |  Seattle, WA
Phone: (206) 362-0922 for details

 

Asperger’s Syndrome Removed as Official Diagnosis

Tue, Dec 4, 2012 9:00 AM | KQED

The American Psychiatric Association voted this weekend to remove the diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome from the so-called bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders. People with Asperger’s will now more likely be diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder. The APA says the change will lead to more accurate diagnoses for people with autism — but critics say removing the diagnosis may result in fewer people getting the services and care they need.

Website: http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201212040900

Aspergers Syndrome (AS) and Their Partners

This site focuses on knowledge, resources, and understanding about relationships in which at least one partner has Aspergers Syndrome (AS). We define the words relationship and partner very broadly; a spouse, friend, co-worker, or family member may be a partner and a relationship may include one partner or many.

Regardless of the relationship parameters, Aspergers Syndrome introduces an additional factor into a relationship dynamic, especially for relationships with mixed partners–AS and non-AS (referred to here as NT or neurotypical). Such relationships can be challenging at times, as well as fulfilling. This site offers information, tools, and hope to both AS and NT partners through the content and the affiliation with the AS and Their Partners Forum.

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Aspie Hangout

A forum for those of us on the autism spectrum to get together and talk about our issues and lives.

A safe place to discuss things we may not otherwise be comfortable discussing elsewhere. Please note that this is not a debate forum nor a forum for controversial topics and discussions.

Website: http://forums.delphiforums.com/aspies

Aspiritech

Software Testing Service
Software Testing Harnassing the Power of Asperger’s Syndrome & HFA

Aspiritech is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide a path for high functioning individuals on the Autism Spectrum to realize their potential through gainful employment.

To this end we harness these individuals’ unique abilities – attention to detail, precision, an affinity for repetitive tasks, outstanding technology skills – to provide competitively-priced software testing services. We achieve this by providing our testers a combination of intensive training, structure, and support to mitigate potential workplace challenges.

Website: http://www.aspiritech.org/

Autism College

Get Educated About Autism

Autism College is a place where anyone can get educated about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Whether you are a parent, educator or job coach who needs practical information and tips
for raising and teaching children and teens on the autism spectrum, or a community member
who wants to know more, this is the place for you.

Website: http://autismcollege.com/

Cassandra Wozniak, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Have you ever wondered how it is that others make conversation look so easy?  Have you felt confused by someone’s response to something you’ve said or done?  Have you ever offended someone and not understood why?  Functioning well in our social world requires more than a discrete set of skills – it requires one to think and evaluate social interactions flexibly – an understanding that context matters, that others have thoughts separate from our own and that for most, being accepted is more important than being “right.”

Learn the foundation for improved social interactions at home, in the community and at work, in a safe, supportive atmosphere.  Therapist’s treatment method relies heavily on Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking approach and incorporates direct teaching, discussion and role-playing, with an emphasis on functional and measurable improvement in clients’ daily lives.  Executive function skills treatment offered separately or in conjunction with the above treatment objectives as well (improved time management, planning, organization, etc.)  Most major insurance plans accepted.

Please contact:

Cassandra Wozniak
Phone: (425) 614-0260
Email: cwozniakslp@yahoo.com
Location: Bellevue, WA

College Internship Program

The College Internship Program provides individualized, post-secondary, academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Learning Differences, Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism.

Website: http://www.collegeinternshipprogram.org/

College Living Experience

Post-secondary program for college-aged students with learning differences who require extra support with academic, social, and independent-living skills.

Website: www.experiencecle.com
Phone: Vanessa Lopez, outreach coordinator, at (831) 262-0566
Email: vlopez@experiencecle.com

Dr Arnold and Karla Fisher | Autism and Adocacy video

December 2012
YouTube | 60 minutes

Dr. Cynthia Arnold and Karla Fisher talk about Autism and Advocacy.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbnMkKG6qNs&feature=youtu.be

DVD: Asperger Syndrome At Work

DVD Helps People with Asperger Syndrome Find and Keep a Job

Employees who have Asperger Syndrome describe secrets for getting and keeping a job in a new DVD titled, “Asperger Syndrome At Work.”

The DVD, produced by Coulter Video, includes two programs:
a) one for job seekers
b) one designed to show potential employers the advantages of hiring people who have Asperger Syndrome.

For more information:

Contact: Dan Coulter of Coulter Video
Phone: (336) 608-4224
Email: dan@coultervideo.com
Website: http://www.coultervideo.com

Emotional Mastery for Adults with Aspergers | Book

Practical Techniques to work through anger, anxiety and depression
Authors: Leslie Burby, Mark Blakey

Emotional awareness is not something that we are taught in school and it is rarely even understood by our parents. We live in a society where even those not in the Autistic Spectrum (Neuro-typical Individuals) suffer to some extent with emotional repression and its subsequent side effects.

It is not surprising that most with Asperger’s syndrome struggle to get the help, knowledge and understanding to deal with problems with anger, anxiety and depression.

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GRASP | The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

Mission: GRASP’s mission is to improve the lives of adults and teens on the autism spectrum through community outreach, peer supports, education, and advocacy.

Where: Based in NYC with additional chapters established nationally.

Website: http//grasp.org/

How An Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis Saved My Marriage

Huffington Post – 01/19/2012
David Finch | Author

It was my wife Kristen, a speech therapist who had worked with autistic children, who was most suspicious about my behavior. After we were married and living together, she started noticing little “things” about me that were consistent with Asperger Syndrome, a mild form of autism: impaired social reasoning; persistent, intense preoccupations with certain interests; unusual rituals and behaviors; and clinical-strength egocentricity.

Oh, and my thumbs look like toes, so I’m, like, a total catch.

At that time, things were not going well between us. Though we had been best friends since high school, our relationship had been reduced to little more than delicate coexistence. We were both constantly feeling misunderstood, under-appreciated, and resentful towards each other. We didn’t talk very much, because if we did, it usually led to arguments. We felt hopeless, sad, and confused, the way people do when they’ve lost their best friend.

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Intricate Minds: Understanding Classmates with Asperger’s Syndrome – DVD

This video features candid interviews with teenagers designed to promote positive interactions between classmates and reduce harassment and bullying.

Website:  http://www.coultervideo.com/video/114/intricate-minds-understanding-classmates-asperger-syndrome-dvd

Living with Aspergers – Seattle

An ongoing group of adults where interpersonal skills can be learned in a non-stressful environment. Vocational counseling also available.

When: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM
Where: Group Health on Capitol Hill
Phone: Becker and Associates at (206) 935-2479 for details, or …
Email: stevebeckerassociates@comcast.net

Low Fee Assessments for Adults

Fremont Community Therapy Project offers psychological evaluations for adults: Aspergers, ADHD, learning disabilities, and more.

Work is done by Masters degree staff who are in their doctoral internships in psychology under the supervision of licensed psychologists.

For assistance with treatment, accommodations, SSDI applications, etc.:

Contact
Intake Line: (206) 633-2405 ext 2
Website: http://www.therapyproject.org

Marianne Jackson | Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher – Professional

PERSONAL TRAINER and YOGA TEACHER for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and related disorders. Reach your goals for improved fitness and well-being or for sports-specific assistance.

Contact: (206) 870-2755 … or cell: (206) 909-4361
Email: mariannewjackson@msn.com
Website: www.fitness-to-go.com

New Directions Programs for Young Adults with Aspergers, ADHD, etc.

New Directions is a comprehensive program that provides young adults with the opportunity to pursue higher education and/or vocational goals, and transition into independence.

Our staff work closely with students to enhance their skills in a variety of areas. We provide structured tutoring so as to enhance academic skills; facilitate group outings so as to develop social skills; and provide instruction in independent living skills, such as grocery shopping, cooking and paying bills.

Students live independently in apartments located within the same living space as the New Directions offices/staff and receive intensive support to achieve their goals.

Website: http://newdirectionsfya.com
Phone: Dr. Drew Rubin @ (954) 571-5102 or (954) 571-5202

Post High School Scholarship for Autism and Aspergers

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) holds an annual Schwallie Family Scholarship Competition to support qualified individuals with autism or Asperger Syndrome residing in the United States pursuing post-secondary education.

OAR will present awards of $3,000 each across three categories:

1) Four-year undergraduate college or university
2) Two-year undergraduate college
3) Trade, technical or vocational school

These will be one-time awards for any recipient. For details visit:

Website: http://www.researchautism.org/news/otherevents/scholarship.asp

Psychiatrists & Psychologists for Adults on the Autism Spectrum | Seattle Area

Psychiatrists & Psychologists for Adults on the Autism Spectrum | Seattle Area


Cynthia Padden Stoddard, MD, Psychiatrist | (206) 728-6465
Hower Kwon, MD, Psychiatrist | 365 118th Ave SE, Suite 118, Bellevue | (425) 454-2911
Robert Reichler, MD | Pacific Institute of Mental Health | 2150 N 107 St #510, Seattle | (206) 363-7464
Meridith Sargent, Psychologist | 18500 156th Ave NE, Suite 202 | Woodinville, WA 98072 | (425) 481-5700
Ted Ritter, ARNP, MS, MN, CFNP, CAPMHNP | Northwest ADHD Behavioral Medicine Clinic | 3958 150 Avenue, Redmond, WA 98052 | (425) 861-6400
Darrow Chan, Licensed Clinical Psychologist | Individual therapy for adults and children with AS and related disorders | (425) 827-3019.
Charles Wanghttp://www.interlakepsychiatry.com/

Ann M. Uherek, Psy.D, Woodenville and Samamish, WA | (206) 729-2101

Becker & Associates, Steve Becker, Ph.D. | Evaluations, psychotherapy, educational and vocational services | (206) 935-2479stevebeckerassociates@comcast.net | stevebeckerassociates.com

Puget Sound Psychology Social Skills Groups for Teens and Adults

“Be Social” social skills groups for teens and adults with ADHD, Asperger’s, HFA, Nonverbal Learning Disability and related conditions.

When: Monday and Wednesday evenings
Who: Patrick Gray MEd | Crystal Gray PhD
Where: Puget Sound Psychology and Consulting
5105 200th Street SW Suite 100
Lynnwood, WA

Phone: (425) 314-7618 or (206) 883-6175
Email: patrickg99@gmail.com
Website: http://www.pugetsoundpsychology.com/

Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life | [Paperback]

by Liane Holliday Willey

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Skills-Asperger-Women-Perfectly/dp/1849058369/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346602587&sr=8-1&keywords=Book%3A+Safety+Skills+for+Asperger+Women#_

See: Foreword

<excerpt> This was not an easy book for Liane to write. As I read the manuscript for Safety Skills for Asperger Women I could hear Liane’s voice and feel compassion for my friend, as she described her experiences as a girl, woman, and mother that included moments of vulnerability, despair, confusion and self-doubt. Clinicians tend to focus on the positive attributes of having Asperger’s syndrome, and there are many, but there are also aspects that need to be known, described by Liane as “the scary stuff” in order to, in Liane’s subtitle for this book, save a perfectly good female life. Her personal explanations and advice will resonate with the reader and transform and save lives.

 

 

 

Seattle Children’s Hospital Autism Center | Seattle

Seattle Children’s Autism Center provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for autism spectrum disorders. We offer a range of medical and mental health services for babies, children and young adults.

Location: Seattle Children’s (Hospital | Research | Foundation) is located in Seattle, WA.

Website: http://www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics-programs/autism-center/

Seattle NeoTypicals | Adult Asperger Friendship and Support Group

This group meets every other week in a comfortable and safe setting to enjoy discussion, friendship and Asperger-related media. Membership is limited and consistent. Must commit to regular attendance.

Cost: Free
Where: Seattle, WA
Email: seattleneotypicals@gmail.com for details.

Seeking AS individuals to write articles on Positive Experiences

Letter from co-editor of Aspies on Mental Health

Book: Aspies on Mental Health

Looking for Article Contributors:

→ Editor’s NOTE: Deadline Extended until the end of March 2015.

My name is Dean Worton. I am the co-editor of Aspies on Mental Health which I co-edited with Dr Luke Beardon, Senior Lecturer in Autism at Sheffield Hallam University.

We are continuing the book series and looking for adults with Autism/Asperger Syndrome to submit an individual article about something that is positive for them as a person living with Autism/AS for a book entitled ‘Aspies on Positive Experiences’. This could be something they enjoy doing like a hobby, a talent or achievement however big or small or just something they have felt proud of doing.

The book aims to help parents, carers, professionals and of course people with Autism and AS themselves, to appreciate the positive aspects of the condition and some of the great accomplishments of people with Autism and AS, which I am sure that you will agree are far too often overlooked.

We also have a limited number of places left for a book entitled entitled ‘Aspies on Romantic Relationships and Being Single’, which invites articles on any aspect of seeking and maintaining relationships, especially the positive aspects. This is aimed at a similar audience.

We hope to publish late 2015 or early 2016. <see updated date above> I attach an information sheet and sample articles which also provides links to more about my own and Lukes professional backgrounds.

I would be most grateful if you would make the attachments available to members of your Autism social and support groups and networks either by email and/or hard copy as you feel appropriate. Feel free to forward this e-mail to potential contributors.

Contact info:  furnessgraduate@hotmail.com

See samples: (requires a Microsoft Word reader)
Sample – Positive Experiences
Sample – Romantic Relationships
AS Book Series Introduction 2014 edited 7.12.14

 

Terra Therapy – Seattle, WA

Cary Terra is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in working with adults with spectrum disorders. She has a monthly group for men ages 18+ to discuss the fun and the challenges of Aspie life in a supportive atmosphere.

Location: Terra Therapy | 600 1st Ave, Suite 435 | Seattle, 98104

Phone: (206) 890-4858
Email: cary@terratherapy.org
Website: http://www.terratherapy.org/
Blog: http://aspiestrategy.blogspot.com/

The Center for Family & Lifespan Development | Federal Way, WA

The Center for Family & Lifespan Development

Family, group, and individual therapy, coaching, assessment, diagnosis and evaluations, social skills help. Suceed in College group.

Website: thecenterpsych.com/
Location:
33305 1st Way South, Suite# B210 | Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: (253) 235-5956
Email: thecenterfld@gmail.com

The Eli & Edythe L. Broad Asperger Center

In June, 2007 the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation was established within the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California at  Santa Barbara, a new center of excellence for Asperger Research. The  purpose and function of the Center is to develop and refine the  Koegel’s research-based model for intervention and support for children  and Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. The Center is conducting research  and intervention with the purpose of developing a model that can be  disseminated nationally, and is moving toward the long-term goal of  becoming the largest and most comprehensive clearinghouse in the world  on intervention for Asperger’s Syndrome.

Website: http://education.ucsb.edu/autism/aspergers/

The Specialists Guild

Services

The Specialists Guild provides software and product testing, graphic design and data entry services at competitive rates when compared to off-shored projects. The TSG team is in the same time zone, speaks the same language, and is available to come to your site if needed. Your company’s proprietary and sensitive data will never leave the United States. Lastly, but not least, your project helps Americans with disabilities to work with dignity.

Our Services:

  • Functional Testing – does your product, web site or app work as intended?
  • Usability Testing – do people visiting your web site, or using your app or device, find it intuitive and easy to use?
  • Regression Testing – have updates or changes impacted the function of your device, app or site?
  • Compatibility Testing – is your web site or app compatible with different web browsers, operating systems and hardware devices?
  • Test Case and Test Script Development – our team can create the test cases and scripts for future testing

Our testers are individuals on the Autism Spectrum who fundamentally enjoy software testing, thriving on what some see as tedious tasks. They have attention to detail, precision, focus, and strong technical skills. Our teams are trained and led by managers with years of experience in the high tech industry. Our managers will work with you to clearly define the scope of work, serve as the primary interface to your staff, and lead the team through deliverables and to completion. TSG can work within your existing processes, using your specifications, use cases or documentation, and deliver the results in a format of your choosing.

Email: info@specialistsguild.org
Website: http://specialistsguild.org/

Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome: A Professor’s Guide

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) released this 12-minute video for use by college students with Asperger’s Syndrome as a tool to educate their professors, teaching assistants, and other about the condition. Video includes information on reasonable accommodations in the college classroom.

Download at no cost: www.researchautism.org/resources/AspergerDVDSeries.asp

Yahoo Group for Adults with Aspergers and Professionals

This group is only open to adults with ASD and Professionals who work mainly with individuals with ASD. The group goal is for adults with ASD to share among professionals discussing the issues of autism from an inside perspective.

Website:  http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/connecting2worlds/

Post message: connecting2worlds@yahoogroups.com
Subscribe: connecting2worlds-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Unsubscribe: connecting2worlds-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
List owner: connecting2worlds-owner@yahoogroups.com

Young Adult Social Skills Group

Social skills group for high functioning Asperger / autistic young adults ranging in age from 18-29.

When: Meets every Saturday from 3:30-5:00 PM
Where: Federal Way, WA

The approach includes not only skills training but also actual experience in the community. Groups consist of games, interactive activities, learning how to cook/other life-skills, and outings in the community.

The groups are run by both a Masters level clinician and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Address: The Center for Family & Lifespan Development | 33305 1st Way South Suite# B-210 |
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: (253) 235-5956