President: Lori Shery
The asperger/Autism SPectrum Education Network (ASPEN) supports families and individuals whose lives are affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (i.e., asperger syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and High-Functioning Autism), and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD). ASPEN provides education about the issues surrounding these disorders, support to individuals with ASD and NLD in knowing that they are not alone, and help so that they may achieve their maximum potential. ASPEN advocacy areas include educational programs, medical research funding, adult issues, and increased public awareness and understanding. ASPEN is a national volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with headquarters in New Jersey. Chapters meet monthly. Alternating parent support meetings with speaker presentations. ASPEN sponsors conferences that feature some of the most prominent names in the research community. Members receive a newsletter and resource directory and access to ASPEN’s lending library.
Frequency: several times a year
Type: online newsletter