Musings of an Aspie

Subtitle: One woman’s thoughts about life on the spectrum

Blog submenus:

  • Adult Diagnosis
  • Asperger’s and Marriage
  • Asperger’s and Motherhood
  • Aspergers and Autism Resources
  • Working Definitions
  • What and What


Blue Compass

We are a summer camp for ages 7-22 with adhd/add, asperger’s, & high-functioning autism who can benefit from camps focused on building personal and social confidence.  Based out of Seattle, Washington, we operate programs throughout the Pacific NW.

Check out our newest program –  Adventure Club!  Once-a-month adventures for teens and young adults!


Navigating College Handbook

Leaving high school and going to college is complicated for everyone. But if you’re a student on the autism spectrum who is about to enter higher education for the first time, it might be a little bit more complicated for you.

Maybe you’re worried about getting accommodations, getting places on time, or dealing with sensory issues in a new environment. Maybe you could use some advice on how to stay healthy at school, handle dating and relationships, or talk to your friends and classmates about your disability. Maybe you want to talk to someone who’s already dealt with these issues. That’s where we come in.

Navigating College
is an introduction to the college experience from those of us who’ve been there. The writers and contributors are Autistic adults, and we’re giving you the advice that we wish someone could have given us when we headed off to college. We wish we could sit down and have a chat with each of you, to share our experiences and answer your questions. But since we can’t teleport, and some of us have trouble meeting new people, this book is the next best thing…..”

Ari Ne’eman | President
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Download: PDF

Coming Of Age With Autism

About one in 120 children in the Washington state public school system have an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 430 percent increase from a decade ago. In the next decade many of those teenagers with autism will become adults. But what they will do as adults is anyone’s guess. Autism is often associated with children, but it’s a lifelong condition.

In Coming Of Age With Autism, we meet young people taking their first steps toward independence, and the family members and professionals who support them.




Adults of all ages on the autism spectrum, their families and friends, academics and professionals in the autism field unite as a community in AASCEND. Our members sit down at the table as peers to support one another and work together to achieve AASCEND’S goals of Education, Networking and Development.

Promotes Self-understanding

Autism’s core challenges can be profound. AASCEND members explore the world of autism through group discussions, guest speakers, films and book selections.

Offers Support

For the past ten years AASCEND members have been meeting monthly to share information resources, support one another emotionally, and in the process learn to appreciate the view points of others. Our group is intergenerational and comes from all walks of life.

Location: San Francisco Bay area

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.


Academic Supports for College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview

re Autism College

Contributed by Marci Wheeler, MSW from Indiana Institute on Disability and Community

Each year more information about the college experiences of those on the autism spectrum is written by their parents, professionals and these students on the autism spectrum.

“Temple Grandin” a biopic movie of Temple’s life premiered last year on HBO, and won several Emmy and other awards. Included in the film, of this very accomplished woman with autism, is a significant look at Temple’s experience at college. This film also reminds us that fellow college students need information to better understand their peers on the autism spectrum and how to include and support them.

There is much more to college life than academics. Intellectually these students are often very bright but many may face a variety of “hidden challenges” that can undermine their ability to navigate a typical college campus and perform well in class. This article will discuss some of the challenges and possible academic supports for students on the autism spectrum.

read more …

Autism Spectrum Transitions Support Group

This group is for anyone on the autism spectrum (and their families) who is facing a transition – from high school to college – from college to career – and beyond. Join us – ask questions, and come to our meetings. Share with your friends and help us build a community.

Schwallie Family Scholarship Program | OAR

In 2008, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) introduced the Schwallie Family Scholarship Program 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.

The 2013 application will be available December 1, 2012.


AFF Aspies for Freedom

This site has autism forums, aspergers forums, autism chat room, articles and lots of information in the autism wiki. Anyone can join, and members of the autism parents community are welcome.

Aspies for Freedom began in June 2004. We have the view that aspergers and autism are not negative, and are not always a disability.