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Mindful based support group in the Los Angeles area

For those in the Los Angeles area:

I am in the process of setting up a mindful based (meditation and dharma (Buddhist) philosophy) group for adults with aspergers and/or high functioning adults on the autism spectrum (or those who suspect they are) and/or friends and family members. It would be 1 hour long, 20 minutes of mediation and 40 minutes of dharma talk and sharing. It would be through SHARE - SHARE has…


Added by Pete Grella on January 4, 2015 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Holiday Angst

Added by laughinghelps on December 26, 2014 at 12:19pm — No Comments


Dear members of GRASP,

I'd like to take some time to introduce myself. My name is Adam Granger, and I am 16 years old. At a very young age I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. I don't have a very active social life, and I'm hoping that by joining GRASP I can possibly meet new people and make friends.

Here are some things you might like to know about me. Two of my favorite academic subjects are math and science. My favorite genre of music is rock/metal, and…


Added by Adam Granger on December 18, 2014 at 9:15pm — 3 Comments

love my autistic personalities,

I love my autistic personalities, traights and the abilities that make me who I am. Kind but strong hart, fierce but smart mind, brave bold but honest spirit. These are the qualitys of my autism. My autism is not my disability, it is who I am. Acceptance doesn't mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there's got to be a way through it. autism is not something you have. autistic is something you are. it is part of how you think, feel, sense and…


Added by Joseph Monette on December 11, 2014 at 12:13am — 1 Comment


Christmas is considered one the greatest days of the year. It is a time to bring families together and show peace to everyone and anyone you come across. A time where you see Christmas trees and decorations lighting up the night and Christmas music playing almost everywhere you go. It is also the time when you go to your local department stores and toy stores to get those presents so they can be given to your loved ones on Christmas Day. Let’s be honest,…


Added by Michael Johnson on December 3, 2014 at 10:57pm — No Comments

my 11 y/old Autistic son

Hello, my son has High Functioning Autism, I am new to this site and would like to know if there are any support groups in the Los Angeles area. Also, any support for the IEP. Thanks!

Added by Mariela on November 18, 2014 at 7:47pm — No Comments

Happiest Day of my Life! I am an Aspergirl. (just need an NT to confirm it :-))

I have known that I have Asperger's for 13 years now, and have mentioned it to a lot of my family and friends over the years. I had never thought it was necessary to have an official diagnosis until this year as a result of circumstances and a spell of bullying and abuse to date unprecedented.

I live in the Uk, and it has been a struggle even trying to get an appointment for an initial assessment - I now have a good care coordinator and am awaiting the letter to give me the…


Added by freya pietzsch on November 17, 2014 at 7:05am — 5 Comments

Disclosure: Being true to self vs. protecting self?

I was diagnosed with ASD earlier this year, and it has literally been a life saver for me. Everything in my life is improving since the diagnosis and I feel like I'm getting a second chance to live by having this new understanding.

I'm married, 26, and live with my husband about 15 hours away from the rest of my family (parents and two siblings). He obviously has been with me throughout the process so he knows everything. I recently…


Added by Poppet on November 10, 2014 at 3:23pm — 6 Comments

First Blog Post

Hi, my name is Eric Vitale. I'm a college student about to graduate in December from East Carolina University. I've been on the spectrum my entire life and I'm close to 100 percent sure I have Aspergers more than anything. The 2 biggest things I struggle with are feeling as if I never fit in and having to try twice as hard as everybody else at everything. I take adderrall and Clonopin. Sometimes I just feel like I'm hiding myself by taking these medications like it is not my true self. But,…


Added by Eric Vitale on October 21, 2014 at 3:10pm — 4 Comments

I can't cope with having autism

My mental balance is breaking down and there doesn't seem to be anything I can do to stop it. I'm tired of college. I'm tired of this life. Why can't I be normal for once?

Added by Muhakma on October 8, 2014 at 6:18pm — 4 Comments

First Time Post-Struggling with marriage and being more affectionate

I had never considered the idea that I may be on the spectrum until my daughter was diagnosed 2 years ago.  My wife and I took her to see a psychologist who specializes in autism.  She was officially diagnosed on my birthday.  It was very difficult news to hear as I was not very aware of what exactly autism was.  She has made great strides and is able to communicate more effectively.  Communication problems were what lead my wife to start the process to seek a diagnosis.  My wife works in…


Added by Can Man 554 on September 28, 2014 at 7:29pm — 3 Comments

Adult female with Asperger’s - discovering I have it, worrying about the future

Hi, I’m new to GRASP.  I’m really happy to be here but also really nervous.  As with anything that is complex and important to me, I kind of don’t know where to start discussing the million thoughts I have about this.  “This” being everything I’ve been learning about Asperger’s, especially as it presents in women, and its implications for my future.

About a year ago I self-diagnosed as having Asperger’s.  Two things led to it.  I have a young nephew who had just been diagnosed…


Added by Liz on September 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

The Differences?

What are the differences in the different levels of Autism?

Added by Tiffany Thompson on September 3, 2014 at 10:03pm — 1 Comment

Was former President Richard Nixon on the spectrum?

In order to get the most out of this post you should have some basic knowledge of the Nixon Presidency and the Vietnam/Watergate era and Watergate scandal.  There is so much material on these subjects I just do not see the need to write my own summary here.


The late President Richard Nixon has probably been the subject of more amateur psychoanalysis then any figure in the 20th century. The 40th anniversary of his resignation this past Saturday inspired a…


Added by Edward Kollin on August 11, 2014 at 8:14pm — No Comments

My name is Ashley

Sorry for not introducing myself first, that would have been the right and appropriate thing to do.

I'm Ashley. 23-years-old self diagnosed aspie girl- still in search of a local specialist who can finalize my diagnosis. Was hoping there would be a support group in my area but there is not.  Maybe I will finally be reconciled with some young female aspies who can enlighten me and so forth.  I have not one friend- I have several aquaintences but none which I stay in touch with. I wish…


Added by Ashley4Life on August 6, 2014 at 7:21pm — 4 Comments

Alabama Aspergers Support is WHERE?

I am 23-years-old and after 10 years of a series of mental illness misdiagnosis and all kinds of medication that needless to say have definitely had a negative affect.  I'm still on the prowl for an adult aspie specialist here in central AL. (Birmingham) and still getting the same response...'Sorry, we only help children.'  I mean- I think it's EXCELLENT that children are able to get the early intervention they need now as compared to when I was younger- but one would think SOMEONE who is so…


Added by Ashley4Life on August 6, 2014 at 7:10pm — 2 Comments

Hello from Jimmie


This is the first thing that I have written on this site. I thought that I would introduce my self. I am Jimmie Leiffer. I am 16 years old as of this writing. I have Asperger's Syndrome. I am interested in astronomy and I wish to become an astronomer later in life. Consequently, my profile photo is based off of the astronomical symbol for the Sun. I am fascinated by all heavenly bodies, but the stars are usually the most impressive to me.

Added by Jimmie on August 6, 2014 at 3:29pm — 1 Comment

Tasha and Marcus

This is the story about two people who live different lives. One is fun and outgoing while the other is shy and introverted. They are friends who can be close one day and can’t stand each other the next. Some people would even say that they don’t even need to be near each other because they are so different from one another. But somehow, no matter how bad things get between the two, they always find their way…


Added by Michael Johnson on July 14, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Black and White Thinking the Middle Path and Relationships

I've added a new post to my blog. It is titled: 

"Black and White Thinking the Middle Path and Relationships".

It can be found here:


Added by Pete Grella on July 6, 2014 at 6:46pm — 2 Comments


Autism can have its disadvantages. But it can have some advantages. But there is one trait that can be both. It’s the ability to pay attention and look out for things that other people not might notice. You might be able to find a small h*** in someone’s shirt that no one else sees. Or you can see when things are changing so dramatically that they may stick out for you but not to others. Right now, I’m noticing that a relationship…


Added by Michael Johnson on June 2, 2014 at 1:59am — 3 Comments



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