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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:

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

Evaluation or diagnosis outside Tucson or surrounding area: All neuropsychologists are capable of making a diagnosis for autism spectrum of disorders. You will find information online for your area. It is not necessary that they specialize in the autism spectrum population. Skype consultation using PayPal as payment can be arranged.  See my information on the Arizona Professionals page.

Counseling or consultation in Tucson or surrounding area:  Licensed professionals cannot ethically give advice or consultation without first performing a thorough assessment of the situation.  Please be advised that I will not answer your email message asking for personal advise. You will find Tucson professionals on the Arizona Professionals page of this website.

Counseling or consultation outside the Tucson or surrounding area:  Licensed professionals cannot ethically give advice or consultation without first performing a thorough assessment of the situation. Call psychologists and counselors in your area (or in your insurance network) and ask who specializes in the autism spectrum.  Please be advised that I will not answer your email message asking for personal advise. Skype consults are available with PayPal as a payment method. See my information on the Arizona Professionals page of this website.

Resources:  Psychology Today lists professionals in each metropolitan area who specialize in Asperger’s and 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