was born in November 2000. The "Magnificent Seven" (our original seven
founders) had been part of the only existing board nationally for spouses,
partners, and adults. But the seven desired to explore the positive
opportunities that exist for those with AS, and wished to form a path with
hope and vision.
ASPIRES is a mixed international
community of parents, partners, spouses, and adults with AS. We recognize
the challenges our community faces as we live it every day. By exploring
different methodologies, possible medications, social coaching, and diverse
strategies for building positive support systems in order to strengthen the
family unit with shared experiences, guidance, and even a sense of humor,
ASPIRES has evolved into a truly unique
We strongly believe that having a variety of members in this community gives
us different perspectives of any given situation. Each side can explore
the viewpoints of others without feeling personally challenged. The missing
piece of the puzzle of AS has generally been that the adults or children are
not allowed to articulate how it feels to have AS, and to explain the
reasons behind their actions. Here that "piece" is allowed freedom of
expression, and the resulting discussions are varied and illuminating.
We believe that many individuals feel isolated when they first learn of AS.
It is through support groups, locally, nationally, and internationally,
through message boards, and through sharing articles, books and other
resources that websites such at ASPIRES
can help others not feel alone or isolated. Awareness brings
understanding, tolerance, and respect for each other, and
ASPIRES helps provide the key to many
We believe the AS culture needs to be understood by those who have AS in the
family. The world of education, social interaction, and careers will bring
multiple challenges to the families experiencing AS. Together, as
individuals and as families we can make the journey together, supporting and
encouraging each other, and together we will climb the mountain of AS and
To educate and support families with Asperger Syndrome through discussion,
encouragement, sharing of resources and personal experiences.
The members of
ASPIRES will strive together to find positive solutions for the
many challenges our families face every day.