Defying Stereotypes Since 1976

Resources

I’ve included a short list of resources I’ve found along the way. I will be continuing to expand this list as I find more websites, broadcasts, and articles about Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism.

Websites: Individuals

Websites: Organizations (National/International)

  • Autism Women’s Network according to Executive Director Sharon da Vanport, AWN is “dedicated to building a community of autistic females, their families, friends, and supporters who have a place where they can share their experiences amongst a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment.” AWN hosts forums, publishes articles, and provides other resources as well as hosts a radio show on BlogTalkRadio.
  • ANCA/Naturally Autistic: Their mission is to “support the natural development of autistic people by providing education and training to autistic individuals, their families, and the community at large.” In 2010, they will be holding the Inaugural Naturally Autistic Awards in Vancouver, BC on October 30, where they will be honoring artists and community activitists on the autism spectrum. They also have a Facebook Page.
  • AutismHWY: This site, which is set to go live on October 29, will be an informational friendship network for children and adults on the spectrum as well as extended family. Please feel free to check out their Facebook Page until the launch.
  • Global Autism Project — This organization is dedicated to “provide services to individuals with autism in under-served communities Worldwide”. Currently, their reach extends to Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, and India, as well as the United States.
  • Rethinking Autism – This website was started by the mother of an autistic boy to help combat what she calls the “pseudo-science”, the “quackery”, and the media sensationalism over autism, and to combat this with something closer to the truth. She aims to “change the autism conversation one video at at time”. Please check out their latest video as well as their Facebook Page.
  • Asperger’s Parallel Planet — This is a site ran by Alyson Bradley, an Aspie in New Zealand. It is chock full of information including forums, articles, interviews, and video/audio links. Definitely worth a look.
  • Wrong Planet – this is an online community for people on the autism spectrum, as well as their families. The site offers discussion forums, as well as real-time chat, articles, and other resources.
  • Asperger Women Associationthis organization based out of Texas is dedicated to the lifestyles and support of women and girls with Asperger Syndrome. They also have a periodic broadcast on BlogTalkRadio (see below under Broadcasts). 
  • Neurodiversity.com this site is a wealth of information. There are links to books, articles, and many other resources dealing with Asperger Syndrome and the autism spectrum. Especially of interest on their site are profiles of famous people who exhibit signs of being on the autism spectrum. 

Websites: Organizations (Central Ohio)

  • OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) — OCALI is an organization based in Columbus, Ohio dedicated to serving “families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries”. They provide referrals for professionals who diagnose autism spectrum disorders, educational materials, and other assistance to Ohioans on the autism spectrum.
  • The Nisonger Center at Ohio State University — The center specializing in developmental disabilties and “provides assistance to people with disabilities, families, service providers and organizations to promote inclusion in education, health, employment and community settings.” The center does have an autism spectrum disorder clinic. While the clinic is currently not accepting new referrals, other services may be available.

Articles

  • An Aspie in the City (Psychology Today, November 2006). This article talks about women and girls with Asperger Syndrome by profiling and interviewing a young Aspie woman from Manhattan, Kiriana Cowansage. A VERY excellent read and one of my first introductions to women and girls on the spectrum.

Broadcasts

Publishers

Comments on: "Resources" (6)

  1. I so love this blog, especially the heading pictures :)

    I so believe its more about neurological differences, aspergers just pone part of my many differences, each label helps explain apart of what makes me an i ndividual, who has a name!

    I would love to exchange links, but sorry could not find a contact, so hope ok to add here.

    Regrads Alyson

    • Hi Alyson:

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. And I’ve visited Asplanet before, but haven’t had a chance to check it out extensively, but would be glad to trade links. I’ve been updating my resources page anyway, so I will add you here.

      -Nicole

      • I have now linked you blog to my blogs/web site links page and to my Autistic page.

        I see myself as more neuro diverse and not so much an aspie as I have quite a few varied neurological traits, mental, intellectual and autistic, and each label I feel explains apart of some of my many differences, but I like to think I am human and have a name, so these days I guess I see myself as more neuro diverse ;)i

      • Hi Alyson:

        Thanks for the link. Again, you’ve offered some very thoughtful comments, and it does make me think about and wonder about the use of labels. The inherent problem with human beings is that we tend to rely heavily upon them or think that we need them.

        -Nicole

  2. jennifanicholls said:

    Hi Nicole,
    My name is Jen. 24 years of age from Australia. I was diagnosed by the Tony Attwood just a week ago in Brisbane where he has an office. I’m delighted to find your blog, your logical honest approach really grabbed me.

    I have picked up some of your hopes for this blog and audiences you might reach and will certainly pass this on to women I might meet here in Australia who could benefit from this blog and your writing and resources!

    I will keep in touch with this blog most certainly! I just read ‘Aspie in the City’ and cut and pasted paragrapgs that could have been written by myself about myself and highlighted parts which I could really RELATE to. This being able to ‘relate’, having something in common with other people for the first time in my life is going to take some getting used to but I am finding it a comforting (still numb) part of the process of learning about Asperger’s and trying to figure out what it means to me. So hello from Australia. And a sincere heartfelt ‘well done’ for replying to the great array’ of comments people have left here.

    Regard. Jen

    • Hello Jennifer:

      I’m sorry that I have not replied sooner. Real life has been rather hectic lately and I’ve not had the time I like to devote to this blog and answering comments.

      Thank you for commenting. I have not been able to read as much as I like about Dr. Attwood but I do understand how valuable his research, especially on women and girls on the spectrum, is. There is a definite lack of information and understanding about autistic girls and women and I’m glad Dr. Attwood and others authors such as Rudy Simone and Liane Holliday Willey are adding their knowledge to help fill in this lacuna. I have listened to a broadcast with Dr. Attwood as guest on the Autism Women’s Network Blog Talk Radio station so I have some sense of how he is but I am curious to know what your experiences were.

      Thank you also for the vote of confidence in and the sharing of this blog. I write from the United States as you know but networks of information and sharing are invaluable to the online autistic community, especially us women. I have met a few female Aspies in real life but even not that many here in Central Ohio, so my primary way of connecting with other Aspies is the interwebs.

      “Aspie in the City” was certainly a touchstone for me too. When I read Kirana’s story, I recognised a little of myself and my own experiences. I have also built up ways of being to navigate the world — shops, driving, the workplace, and so forth. My way of being and the image I present to the world has been a result of trial and error, but there are times I feel a little bit of guilt, especially if my heart if not in it and I am doing too much mimicry.

      I look forward to connecting with more women on the spectrum as time moves on. We who blog are trying to share our stories and figure out what Asperger’s and autism mean to us. Thank you for the hello and the sincere compliments and I hope to see you around again soon.

      -Nicole

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