Useful links and other resources

Asperger quizes

Aspie Type Quiz
A popular 12 question quiz that helps unlock your hidden asperger behavior preferences. The quiz measures social openness and habitual flexibility and provides a type summary. What's your aspie type?

Asperger blogs

Penelope Trunk is written by a career-oriented, home-schooling entrepreneur who has Asperger’s. Not only does Trunk have Asperger’s, but her ex-husband, son, and father have it, plus other people in her family. Although the central theme of the blog is not Asperger’s, there are specific posts relating to how it affects her life. And of course, Asperger’s is her frame of reference. Particularly interesting are her comments about the gender differences in levels of functioning.

Life with Aspergers is written by a man called Gavin, who received his diagnosis only after realized he shared symptoms with his 6-year old son. His younger son has high-functioning autism. Gavin tries to focus on the positive aspects of Asperger’s. There’s an interesting analysis of how it affects people in different stages of their lives, and the impact of labeling.

Confessions of an Aspergers Mom is an endearingly honest account of family life with autism. Author Karen does not sugarcoat any of the sometimes bitter realities which crop up as she navigates through her sons’ autism and Asperger’s. The site is beautifully presented and features some emotive poetry.

Aspergian Gal is a challenging read. There’s some deeply thought-provoking fodder on the nature of religion and its relationship to Aspergers. The writer also dispels 67 “myths” about the condition which, again, will make you stop and reconsider what you thought you knew. Forcefully written, this blog will make you sit up and question. Its links and resources are worth checking out.

AStrangerInGodzone is a philosophical blog on life with Asperger’s and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. While many blogs are from the perspective of parenting a child who has Asperger’s, this has an emotive post on how her mother parented her, one which most likely will bring a tear to your eye. The writer knew she was different from a young age, but at that time diagnoses weren’t commonplace. Her wisdom and humility help make this blog an excellent read.

Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) Blog is the collaborative effort of professionals, family members, and AANE staff and volunteers. There’s an engaging use of infographics and other visuals to pique your interest. Pertinent topics surrounding Asperger’s and autism are discussed from the perspective of professionals and others affected personally. This makes for a varied style and plenty of timely, relevant posts. Numerous tips and strategies are discussed, which can be of great use for people with Asperger’s and their families.

The Art of Autism helps empower and connect individuals within the autism community through participation in the Arts. Their mission is to foster independence, self-esteem and artistic expression by participation in The Art of Autism Project. A collaborative of artists, poets, authors, and entertainers on the spectrum and like-minded organizations. The Art of Autism helps empower participants in project by showcasing their talents and creating spaces and places for them to be seen and heard.

Asperger videos

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Asperger websites

Autistic Self Advocacy Network
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens.

Autism Women’s Network
The mission of the Autism Women’s Network is to provide effective supports to Autistic women and girls of all ages through a sense of community, advocacy and resources. The Autism Women’s Network is dedicated to building a supportive community for Autistic women of all ages, our families, friends and allies. AWN provides a safe space to share our experiences in an understanding, diverse and inclusive environment.

The Autistic National Committee (AUTCOM)
Autism advocacy organization dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches. The organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism and related differences of communication and behavior.

Autism Network International
ANI organizes a retreat and conference for autistic people every year called Autreat. It’s by and for autistic people, so it’s especially comfortable and safe for anyone on the spectrum to go.

The Umbrella Foundation
The Umbrella Foundation invites young adults, 18 and up, to join them for social events, friendship, and participation in their Facebook and Meetup groups.

A national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.

The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support Center
The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).

Social Communication for Aspies
This site is intended as a self-help guide for adults with Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and others with gaps in their social skills.

Social Communication
Social Communication is a site dedicated to helping people improve their ability to communicate with others. We hope to provide straight talk about talk, tone, and other ways humans form and maintain social relationships, for people with social communication challenges

Wrong Planet
A web community designed for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and other PDD's. The website has a discussion forum, an article section, a blogging feature and a chat room

Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA)
An organization that provides information and support for families, individuals and professionals affected by Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN)
ASPEN is a nonprofit organization that provides education, support and advocacy for families and individuals affected with autism spectrum disorders
Offering help, support and information regarding Asperger Syndrome.
A free full-resource website loaded with daily updated information on High-Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome bringing your the latest in the Medical, Education, Employment and Family areas pertaining to autism. Being the best you can be under your diagnosis is our ultimate goal and we’ll strive to offer continued information that may assist you in your amazing journey.

Born with Aspergers
This website was created to change the way you feel and deal with Asperger's. If you have the condition, it will inspire you and help you connect to a world of resources that will change your life. If your loved one has Asperger's, it offers a deeper understanding into their condition and begin to understand them on a deeper level.

The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP)
GRASP is an educational and advocacy organization serving individuals on the autism spectrum. Founded and operated by individuals with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism, GRASP strives to educate the public about ASD's, provide a supportive environment for persons on the spectrum, and celebrate the unique strengths and abilities these individuals possess.

Help for Asperger's
Here you can find Asperger books, in the areas of Employment, Female AS and Relationships where at least one person is on the spectrum. You will also find lists of Asperger traits, research on possible causes and cures of autism, questionnaires, information on diagnosis, benefits and more.

I Have Asperger's
A unique perspective of the world through the eyes of me, a girl with Asperger's Syndrome.
Improve Your Social Skills is a comprehensive, practical guide to social skills. It explains the core principles of social interaction in clear, easy to follow lessons

Asperger books

Alone Together: Making an Asperger Marriage Work
by Katrin Bentley
Communication is one of the biggest challenges faced by people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), yet an Asperger marriage requires communication more than any other relationship. Thousands of people live in Asperger marriages without knowing the answers to important questions such as 'What behaviors indicate that my spouse has AS?' 'Is it worthwhile to get a diagnosis?' 'Is there hope for improvement?' Katrin Bentley has been married for 18 years. Since receiving her husband's diagnosis of AS, their marriage has improved substantially. They learnt to accept each other's different approaches to life and found ways to overcome problems and misunderstandings.

Asperger Syndrome in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians
By Kevin P. Stoddart, Lillian Burke, Robert King
Despite the dramatic proliferation of research, clinical perspectives, and first-person accounts of Asperger Syndrome (AS) in the last 15 years, much of this information has focused on the application of the diagnosis to children, even though AS displays persistence over time in individuals. This book is one of the only guides to Asperger Syndrome as it manifests itself in adults. It integrates research and clinical experience to provide mental health professionals with a comprehensive discussion of AS in adulthood, covering issues of diagnosis as well as co-morbid psychiatric conditions, psychosocial issues, and various types of interventions―from psychotherapy to psychopharmacology. It also discusses basic diagnostic criteria, controversies about the disorder, and possible interventions and treatments for dealing with the disorder.

The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide
by Craig Kendall
Asperger's Syndrome Guide for Teens and Young Adults - This 211-page book will be a life saver for every family with an Asperger's teen. Concisely written with step-by-step instructions to bring happiness and peace to your loved ones. Finally, all of the information that everyone has been asking for to help teenagers and young adults. The book offers solutions for some of your teen's most difficult problems such as: Inability to have friends and develop deep meaningful relationships; Spending too much time alone and spending too much time on the computer; Low self esteem; Bullied at school; Getting in trouble with the law; Wanting to date but failing; Failure at getting or keeping a job; Inability to take care of themselves.

Asperger's and Girls
Featuring Tony Attwood, Temple Grandin, and other experts.
Winner of the Gold Award in the 2006 ForeWord Book of the Year competition, this groundbreaking book describes the unique challenges of women and girls with Asperger’s Syndrome. In it you’ll read candid stories written by the indomitable women who have lived them. You’ll also hear from experts who discuss whether “Aspie girls” are slipping under the radar, undiagnosed; why many AS women feel like a minority within a minority (outnumbered by men 4:1); practical solutions school systems can implement for girls; social tips for teenage girls, navigating puberty, the transition to work or university, and the importance of careers.

Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters
by Jesse A. Saperstein
The poignant, funny, and truly unique observations of a young writer diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. "Please be forewarned that you are about to read the observations and life lessons of someone who entertains himself by farting in public and conversing in gibberish with his cats." Thus begins the charming, insightful, and memorable story of Jesse Saperstein. Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism, Jesse has struggled since childhood with many of the hallmark challenges of his condition-from social awkwardness and self-doubt to extreme difficulty with change and managing his emotions.

Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Second Edition
by Stephen Shore, Foreword by Temple Grandin
This honest, courageous book, written by a person with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome, offers so much more than the traditional autobiography. Drawing on personal and professional experience, Stephen Shore combines three voices to create a touching and, at the same time, highly informative book for professionals as well as individuals who have Asperger Syndrome. Get a unique perspective on AS across the years!

Finding Kansas: Decoding the Enigma of Asperger's Syndrome
by Aaron Likens
Finding Kansas is a memoir like no other, written by an unlikely author who at first never dreamed he would find even one reader. When he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age 20, Aaron Likens began to collect his thoughts and experiences on paper-the highs, the lows, the challenges, and the unexpected joys. What he found was hope -- not only for himself, but also for others with Asperger's. Now a sought-after speaker and blogger, he is passionate about sharing his insights into this often misunderstood condition.

The Guide to Dating for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome
by Jennifer Uhlenkamp
Dating is difficult for everyone, but it can be especially overwhelming tor teens with Asperger Syndrome, who typically struggle with social issues. Written in a question-and-answer format, this much-needed resource offers insight into and practical advice on dating challenges. Special education teacher Jeannie Uhlenkamp tackles some of the specific issues facing teens with AS in a logical progression, from how to know if someone likes you and how to ask someone out, to actually dating someone and breaking up. Each topic is followed by Discussion Questions (to get conversation flowing between teens and parents/teachers) and a Main Idea (to succinctly wrap up the main point). Also included are special notes to define the more elusive vocabulary and concepts of today s dating world.

Life With a Partner or Spouse With Asperger Syndrome: Going over the Edge? Practical Steps to Savings You and Your Relationship
by Kathy J. Marshack, PhD
Delve into the dramatic impact Asperger Syndrome can have on the complex world of adult interpersonal relationships. Psychologist Kathy Marshack shares poignant true stories based on her own life and the lives of her clients, focusing on how partners/spouses of someone with AS can take back their own life and find true meaning and happiness. The author discusses these sensitive issues and shows readers how to take control of their lives and grow away from dysfunctional behavior and dysfunctional relationships. Each chapter closes with a series of Lessons Learned that recap the main points of the chapter and offer new ways to look at these very unique challenges.

Loving the Tasmanian Devil - Reflections on Marriage and Asperger Syndrome
by Maureen McCarthy Bartlett
Having a partner with Asperger Syndrome can feel like a roller-coaster ride for the neurotypical spouse -- riding high one moment on the spouse s charming quirkiness, only soon to spiral downward, exhausted and discouraged -- sometimes by the very same traits, which have suddenly taken new forms of expression. In this charming and well-written book, the author combines research on autism spectrum disorders and her vast knowledge of literature, pop music, and philosophy with accounts of daily life on a large dairy farm with three sons and a husband with an ASD. In sharing the ups, the downs, the growth, and the regression in their particular AS-NT journey, the author hopes that others on a similar path may find humor, recognition, and ways to view the unique life of loving an Aspergian from a new angle.

Decoding Dating: A Guide to the Unwritten Social Rules of Dating for Men with Asperger Syndrome
by John Miller
The ultimate guide to cracking the social code of dating! The rules of dating are a conundrum for many men, but for men with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) who often have difficulty understanding social communication, they can be almost indecipherable. This book methodically breaks down the steps of dating giving advice on the best places to meet women - whether on or offline, getting ready for the big date, where to go and what to talk about, and how to tell if a second date is on the cards. Written for those with little or no prior experience on the dating scene, the book discusses how to know if you are ready for a relationship, what qualities to look for in a potential girlfriend, and if dating goes well how to make a relationship work.

What Men with Asperger Syndrome Want to Know About Women, Dating and Relationships
by Maxine Aston
This practical handbook provides the answers to Asperger men's most frequently asked questions about women, dating and relationships, helping them to understand the way relationships work and increasing their confidence and ability to have successful relationships. This comprehensive handbook is essential reading for men with Asperger Syndrome (and their partners). It will also be of immeasurable use to counselors and other professionals working with such individuals.

The Guide to Dating for Teenagers With Asperger Syndrome
by Jeannie Uhlenkamp
Dating is difficult for everyone, but it can be especially overwhelming tor teens with Asperger Syndrome, who typically struggle with social issues. Written in a question-and-answer format, this much-needed resource offers insight into and practical advice on dating challenges. Special education teacher Jeannie Uhlenkamp tackles some of the specific issues facing teens with AS in a logical progression, from how to know if someone likes you and how to ask someone out, to actually dating someone and breaking up.

Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
by Eva A. Mendes
Proven counseling strategies that will help improve the relationships of married, long-term or co-habiting couples with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder). ASD relationship expert Eva A. Mendes provides advice straight from the couples' counseling room that can be applied in day-to-day living and help with the challenges that can arise in relationships where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum. This includes issues surrounding diagnosis, mental health, sexual compatibility, sensory needs, executive functioning, theory of mind, communication, and co-parenting.

The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships
by Emma Goodall (Author), Wenn B. Lawson
Unravelling the complexities of relationships and sexuality, this straight-talking guide will help you to navigate the associated social, emotional and physical issues. Expert advice and real life examples give you the knowledge to reflect on your own sexuality, provide you with information on different types of relationship, and gives you the confidence to decide which type of relationship is right for you. Together with important information on sexual health, this book will help you to understand how to find and maintain a relationship of your choosing in a safe and enjoyable way.

Look Me In The Eye
by John Elder Robinson
Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome
by Tony Attwood
The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to AS, it brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults.

Pretending to Be Normal: Living With Asperger’s Syndrome
by Liane Holliday Willey
Compelling and witty, Liane Holliday Willey's account of growing to adulthood as an undiagnosed 'Aspie' has been read by thousands of people on and off the autism spectrum since it was first published in 1999. Bringing her story up to date, including her diagnosis as an adult, and reflecting on the changes in attitude over 15 years, this expanded edition will continue to entertain (and inform) all those who would like to know a little more about how it feels to spend your life `pretending to be normal'.

Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger’s Syndrome
by Rudy Simone
Girls with Asperger's Syndrome are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognized, help is often not readily available. The image of coping well presented by AS females of any age can often mask difficulties, deficits, challenges, and loneliness. This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt, and savant skills, to friendships, romance and marriage. Employment, career, rituals and routines are also covered, along with depression, meltdowns and being misunderstood.

Asperger’s and Girls
by Tony Attwood, Temple, et al.
Winner of the Gold Award in the 2006 ForeWord Book of the Year competition, this groundbreaking book describes the unique challenges of women and girls with Asperger’s Syndrome. In it you’ll read candid stories written by the indomitable women who have lived them. You’ll also hear from experts who discuss whether “Aspie girls” are slipping under the radar, undiagnosed; why many AS women feel like a minority within a minority (outnumbered by men 4:1); practical solutions school systems can implement for girls; social tips for teenage girls, navigating puberty, the transition to work or university, and the importance of careers.

Coming Out Asperger: Diagnosis, Disclosure and Self-Confidence
by Dinah Murray
Coming Out Asperger explores the complexity of diagnosis for Asperger Syndrome, the drawbacks and benefits of disclosing a diagnosis of a "hidden disability" and how this impinges on self-esteem. The contributors include some of the best-known and most exciting writers in the field of Asperger Syndrome (AS) today, and include individuals on the autism spectrum, parents and professionals. The broad range of the chapters, which draw on anecdotal, professional and research-based evidence, make this book a comprehensive and highly original consideration of the implications of an AS diagnosis.


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