In March of 2001, an adult diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome was asked to take over the Adult Asperger Syndrome Support Group of New York City; an offshoot of a parents group originally begun by Adele Foley. The outgoing facilitator, a wonderful man and grandfather (of an AS child) named Harry Feigenbaum, was stepping down. The new facilitator, Michael John Carley, assisted for a time by Philip Jimenez-Snyder, then saw the group rise from a list of 13 people, to a list of over 300 within two years—The likelihood being that an individual with the diagnosis had a better chance of eliciting the full trust of the group members, and that therefore the turnout rose tremendously.
GRASP already has many professional affiliations. GRASP works in tandem with parents’ organizations such as New York Families of Autistic Children, AHA (Advocates for Individuals with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome; also a professional organization) and The Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center; service agencies such as JobPath, the New York City Special Education School District 75; research institutions such as those set up at NYU's Center for Brain Health; and with other self-run autism groups. GRASP is also grateful to be represented, free of charge, by a major Manhattan law firm, Stroock, Stroock & Lavan.