Mission Statement

Our goal is to provide:

  • safe and supportive social learning experiences for adults on the autism spectrum in a group setting
  • opportunities for adults on the spectrum to meet others on the spectrum
  • support systems for the family members of adults on the spectrum where they can exchange ideas and information and offer one another guidance in a group setting
  • no cost, on-going, obligation free, no strings attached group and referral services
  • up to date information on scientific research, books, movies, news, and local and national resources relevant to the autism spectrum
  • an online forum where adults on the spectrum can share thoughts and feelings
  • social events for people on the spectrum

Note to Adults on the Spectrum and their Families

While I am unable to respond personally to the many inquiries received via email from all over the world, I would like to help steer you in the right direction in your search for resources. Please also see our FAQ page.  You will find Tucson professionals on the Health Professionals page of this website and below there are ideas you can explore in your area.

Licensed professionals cannot ethically give advice or consultation without first performing a thorough assessment.  Please be advised that I will not answer email messages asking for personal advise.

Evaluation or diagnosis in Tucson or surrounding area: Please see the Resources and Health Professionals pages in this website for information on mental health professionals specializing in autism spectrum disorders. You might also find professionals specializing in the autism spectrum online.

Evaluation or diagnosis: If you need an official diagnosis for the purpose of obtaining governmental entitlements, it is best to seek a neuropsychologist or a psychiatrist for a diagnosis. Most neuropsychologists and psychiatrists are trained to make such a diagnosis and do not need to specialize in the autism spectrum.  If you do not need a diagnosis for entitlement application, you can see a psychologist or counselor in your area who specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.

Resources:  Psychology Today lists professionals in each metropolitan area who specialize in the autism spectrum. You can find that list here: www.psychologytoday.com

Benefits or entitlements for autism:  Contact your state economic security department, state vocational rehabilitation office, or the federal Social Security Disability office for entitlement information.  Please see my FAQ page for more information.

Thank you,

Barbara J. Nichols, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist