Resources for Higher-Functioning ASD Adults
Support Groups, Social Groups, and Transition Programs
Parents Helping Parents
Aspergers Support and Information Group
Meets at PHP in San Jose
Making Friends, People Opportunities Passions
The San Jose event at PHP provides opportunities to create lasting friendships, to facilitate mingling over common interests. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Parents of Adult Children with Developmental Disabilities listserv
PACDD, sponsored by PHP, serving full spectrum
AASCEND Monthly Meetings
The Aspergers, Autism Syndrome Coalition for Education, Networking, and Development meets once a month on Saturday mornings at SF State. Call 415-648-8390 for more information.
AASCEND Job Club
An employment initiative supported by AASCEND, a San Francisco-based support group for adults of all ages on the autism spectrum.
The Job Club has been created especially for people who want to prepare for a job search and employment by learning and practicing job search skills, and enhance executive function processing, social practices, and communication. Meets Saturdays in SF (see website for schedule and location details). While the Job Club meets in SF, they have had people carpool in and/or take BART from outer lying areas to attend.
EvoLibri Consulting provides a wide variety of services, including support groups, geared primarily to those young adults who are neurodiverse -- with Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, Learning Differences, and Mood Disorders -- whose challenges are often not severe enough to warrant state or federally-funded services, but which nevertheless cause the client great difficulty in life.
Comprehensive programs for teens and young adults with Asperger's/HFA, including residential camp and living support. Located in Orinda.
An independent living community for adults with Asperger's syndrome, located in San Jose. Also holds Friday night socials.
Mochaa (Mothers of Children with Autism and Aspergers)
Online listserv support group for mothers of kids on the spectrum, featuring frequent dinners and gatherings on the Peninsula and South Bay and social groups for teens and young adults. Contact Jennifer Timmerman at email@example.com for more information.
Friends of Children with Special Needs
A large nonprofit in Fremont serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Visit their website for support groups.
Adult Aspies of the South Bay Meetup Group
Based in Berkeley, "Our Mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives."
AUTASTICS (Autistics United Together And Showing They Can Succeed)
Autastics offers support Group for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning Autism. Call Adam Pollack at 415-648-8390 for more information.
Local People First Groups Self-Advocacy
The group meets in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties. Call Area Board 5 at 510-286-0439. In Santa Clara County call Area Board 7 at 408-246-4355.
Community Gatepath Social Connections
Autism Social Connection’s Hang Out at Community Gatepath are social gatherings for young adults ages 13-22 with ASD/HFA, from 6-9pm every third Friday of each month. Hang Outs are opportunities to meet friends, play board games, video games, watch movies, or just kick back and chat. Attendees enjoy pizza, drinks and snacks.
UCSF Star Center for ASD and & NDDs PEERS Program
PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skilla) is a 14-week program for teens, or a 16-week program for young adults, which utilizes evidence-based social skills intervention for teens and young adults who are interested in learning ways to build and maintain positive friendships. PEERS also includes a parent group; parent participation is required for the program. Classes begin September 15th, 2016 on Thursday evenings. For more information visit http://star.ucsf.edu, call (415) 502-3500 or email STAR@UCSF.edu
College and Post-Secondary Experience
College of Adaptive Arts
Building an innovative college of the arts for students with disabilities to provide an environment where our students can flourish and thrive and continue to push the boundaries of their potential.
Foothill College (Disability Resource Center)
Offers some special education classes and a variety of supports. Has entry requirements in English and Math.
College Living Experience
A program for students with ADD, Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, or nonverbal learning disorder to acquire independent living skills.
Taft College, Transition to Independent Living Program
The Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) is a post-secondary educational experience for adults having developmental/intellectual disabilities. The program provides instruction, training, and support on a community college campus. The program is comprehensive, with curriculum and training that promotes acquisition of the functional, social, and career skills necessary for students to live a productive and normalized lifestyle. The program occupies 32 dorms at the TIL Center for Independent Living (one of three residence halls on the Taft Community College campus) and several one to four bedroom homes in the community.
Transitions Program at Stanbridge
Stanbridge Academy in San Mateo has expanded their education program to include a 1-2 year Postsecondary Transitions Program for young adults with high functioning autism and/or learning and intellectual differences who have completed a high school program. The staff works with participants, their families, and external support services and professionals to promote each participant's development of independence skills, facilitate the transition to work, further education, and/or independent living. Additionally, they provide panels, events, and forums for participants, their families, and the community to learn about topics relevant to individuals with special needs. The program follows the academic calendar (Aug-June, M-F, 9-3), and has a tuition cost of $25,000. For more information, click the link below or email Mary Murlbut at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independent Living Services (funded by regional centers)
The individual can enroll in a college and the ILS staff can assist the individual with his studies. Programs include support at Cal Berkeley, and Cal State Monterey.
Moving Forward towards Independence
A residential community in Napa
In 1998, a group of parents came together, concerned with the lack of post secondary options, and collaborated to form Moving Forward. A unique residential program where young adults with learning disabilities enjoy productive, fulfilling, and healthy lives within a caring and safe community made up of fellow residents, trained staff members, and various representatives of volunteer organizations and businesses in the greater Napa community.
MERISTEM places an emphasis on cultivating social and emotional capabilities through practical skills, work on the land, and the arts. The program is offered to both day and residential students on a beautiful thirteen-acre campus, twenty minutes from Sacramento.
Palo Alto Unified School District, Vocational Education
Offers post high-school vocational training focusing on securing employment at individual job placements throughout the community. The program is funded by the District and the Department of Rehabilitation.
The Autism Society of the San Francisco Bay Area provides information but it does not constitute medical or legal information. Referrals provided are suggestions to organizations that might help, but do not constitute a recommendation. The Autism Society cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. The Autism Society provides an I&R service but individuals must assume personal responsibility for what they do with the information provided. Inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval.