GRASP Chicago-Downtown Women's Group is a peer-run support group is open to women only, 16 and older, who are on the autism spectrum, though no official diagnosis is necessary. Since most of the other Asperger's groups and activities in Chicagoland are strongly attended by males, this group is an opportunity for women to not be outnumbered. We also can talk about experiences that are mostly relevant to a female group and present questions and concerns that may be uncomfortable in a mixed group.
Meeting Dates and Location:
Please see the GRASP calendarfor details on upcoming meetings.
We generally meet on the First Saturday every month, from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Please confirm before attending, though, because our schedule is somewhat flexible.
For September & October we meet at:
If you drive, metered parking is often available right in front of the building.
Location changes for November & December:
We will be meeting at the Downers Grove Public Library in the conference room (upstairs).
The address is 1050 Curtis St, Downers Grove, IL, meeting from 2:30-4:30pm.
The BNSF Metra arrives at the Downers Grove - Main Street station (less than a block away) at 2:25 pm and departs again at 4:45 pm. We will wait a bit for those taking the train.
Is kept through the main GRASP office, so you must subscribe before you can attend. Due to limited space, the Chicago Downtown Women's group also requires RSVPs. This can be done via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the CASPAN: Chicago Autism Spectrum Adult (and teen) Network Meetup up at http://www.meetup.com/CASPAN.
All GRASP groups are absolutely FREE to attend. However, GRASP survives on funding from foundations, corporations, and generous individuals. If you wish to donate to GRASP, we would gratefully appreciate it (and we’re almost certain to need it). You can make a tax-deductible donation with a credit card via our DONATEpage or mail your check made out to GRASP to: GRASP, 666 Broadway, Suite 825, New York, NY 10012
Important note for all Chicago residents!
GRASP currently has three networks serving the Chicago area; Chicago-Evanston, Chicago-South Suburbs, and the Downtown Chicago Women's group. GRASP also maintains good relations with non-GRASP groups. Because Chicago is spread out over such a large area, transportation may be a factor in determining which group is right for you. If you need to resubscribe to a different group, please go back to our main page and do so through the "subscribe" button as you did to get to this group. Other non-GRASP options are
1. A group that meets in the northwest suburbs run by Brian Tozzo
2. A group that meets downtown through Chicago Adults with AS and Friends
GRASP Support Group Removal Policy
(out of over 6,500 people, we've luckily only had to use this 7 times.
But there'll be more— we are vulnerable by design as we do not demand that everyone bring often-expensive proof of diagnosis)