What we're about
If you are a Neurotypical Adult with a spouse, partner, sibling, parent or grown child who has Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD) this is the group for you. You will soon learn that you are not alone. With over 1000 members we meet in small face to face group meetings, and hold international teleconferences, and have intimate video conferences for those who live abroad but want the small group feel.
If you need daily support you can join one of dozens of private, online discussions. You are safe here. Only members can access the discussion boards. You can ask questions and share stories of your day. Not everyone agrees on everything, but our diversity is what creates opportunity to grow and change and take back your life from these very tough ASD relationships.
When I started this group back in 2009 I intended it to be a place for those in the Portland Oregon area to meet for lunch and find supportive friends who understood the often frustrating and isolating life of loving an adult with Asperger Syndrome. I was never so surprised when people from other states and then other countries started joining, just for the opportunity to share in the online discussions. We have grown to have members all over the world, on every continent. Whatever the language or the culture, we can all relate to the common theme of life with an adult with Asperger Syndrome.
I hope you will join us and know that you are not alone. When I wrote the following words back in 2009 at the launch of this group, I had no idea how prescient they were.
"I do hope you will join me and others to form a community for those of us who have this unique life of being in relationship with an adult on the Autism Spectrum."
We have become that community, not just a Meetup group. You will not only find support here, you will make friends.
Kathy Marshack, Ph.D. and author of "Going Over the Edge?" (2009) and "Out of Mind - Out of Sight (2013), is your organizer, but by no means the leader of this group. This meetup is a forum for all of us to learn more and through this learning, to take back our lives. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Kathy please go to www.kmarshack.com. Her books are also available on Amazon.