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This purpose of this group is to bring together a group of people with Asperger's/autism and provide mutual support in navigating the tech industry.

All aspects of technology are included: programming, data entry, data science, hardware, operating systems, office software, computer art and graphic design, industrial design, engineering, mathematics, science, electronics, startups, space exploration, testing, entrepreneurship, hackerspaces, and much more.

No previous experience with technology is required -- just a desire to learn and help others. Complete beginners are welcome. Those with experience can provide advice and support to the newcomers.

More information will be posted here soon.

FAQs

Do I need any experience with technology?
All levels of experience are welcome, including complete beginners.

What is the format of the meetings?
I think that this group will start with online discussions and move towards some in-person meetings after that. I’m also looking for assistance with planning the format of this group, so please email me if you have suggestions or would like to assist. If you prefer to participate only via the Internet, then you can do so in the discussion forum (coming soon).

Why tech?
There is a large tech scene in the Bay Area and it's the field that I'm familiar with. Some tech companies, like SAP and Microsoft, have programs to actively seek out employees with autism/Asperger's, and that's the niche that this group focuses on. According to one source, "the unemployment rate for people with Asperger's is as high as 85 percent", so maybe this group can target that problem. If we are successful with this group that targets the tech industry, maybe other similar groups could be formed to support people who are interested in other fields.

I’m not technical, but I’m a tech entrepreneur with autism/Asperger’s -- can I still join?
Yes, everyone is welcome.

Are there good resources for learning how to program?
Yes. Click here and here. You can also ask questions in our forum.

I am the parent of a child with autism/Asperger’s -- can I join?
Yes.

Do I need an official autism or Asperger’s diagnosis to join? 
An official diagnosis is not required. This is an inclusive and friendly group for people who are interested in helping each other.

Are there other meetup groups about Asperger's and autism?
Yes, click here for a list.

Can I register on the meetup page with a pseudonym?
Yes, anonymity is fine. Meetup doesn't show information about the group to non-members.

Is there a website?
Yes. Click here. There is also an email newsletter.

If I contribute money with the "chip in" feature, what does the money go towards?
Meetup fees, web hosting for the future website, a discussion forum, and other costs associated with running the group. Contact me if you have questions.

Can I sponsor your group?
Yes. Any assistance with organization, meeting space, software, hardware, partnerships, job training, and/or other help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the organizers

Where can I send additional questions and feedback about the group?
Click here to send me an email.

More information will be posted here soon.

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