ASPEN provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly known as Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, High Functioning Autism), and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with:

  • Education about the issues surrounding the disorders.
  • Support in knowing that they are not alone, and in helping individuals with ASD and NVLD/NLD achieve their maximum potential.
  • Advocacy in areas of appropriate educational programs, medical research funding, adult issues and increased public awareness and understanding.

ASPEN is a national volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization with headquarters in New Jersey. Our chapters meet monthly, alternating parent support meetings with speaker presentations. ASPEN offers professionals the opportunity to join us at meetings where speakers are scheduled and provides Professional Development Hours to those who attend. ASPEN is registered with the NJ Department of Education (registration #1619) as a Professional Development Provider.


Escobar Pam
Phone: 703-430-3519
Email: [email protected]

ASA-NV Advocacy Group

Parent to Parent

Jennifer Lassiter
Phone: 703-777-1939
Phone: 703-737-3899

Parents of Children With Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Parent to Parent

Linda Neil
Phone: 703-534-3732

Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (AS IS) Group

Parent information and support

Lucia Claster
Arlington, VA
Phone: 703-276-0748
Email: [email protected]

Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism parents Support Group

Support group for parents of kids with ASD

Barry Loss
Fairfax, VA
Phone: 703-704-7010
Email: [email protected]

Adult Autism Spectrum Friends

Email: [email protected]

Adult Autism Spectrum Friends is an activity, mutual support, advocacy, etc. group for Adults on the Autism Spectrum (18 years and
older) in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. This group is run by an Autistic Adult, for Autistics Adults. We are an inclusive
group, all Autistic diagnoses are welcome (Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, etc.). Being an Adult on the Autism Spectrum means
that it is harder for us to get to know people and make friends than our NT counterparts, the aim of this group is to make it easier in a more
relaxed atmosphere where you can be yourself, stims and all! Eye contact isn’t essential to be part of this group; all you need is a
desire to do neat things! The kinds of activities that we will host will be anything from playing board games to going to exhibits to
advocacy, etc. This is our group, ideas are always appreciated! Join us, share your experiences, learn about the best resources, and keep
updated on Autism Activism. Think of us as a group of friends that help each other cope with a world that doesn’t always understand us. Come
and let your hair down and relax among your true peers who require no explanations.

  • Address: P.O. Box 109
  • City: Oceanport
  • State: New Jersey
  • Zip: 07757
  • Phone: 732-321-0880
  • Web site:
  • Additional subcategories: Advocates