Just yesterday, I received an email from a reader asking about support groups for spouses of adults with Asperger syndrome:
I am looking for a support system as the wife, for 15 years, to a person with Asperger's. We just this June realized he, and our 14 year old son, have most/many signs of Aspergers.
My husband sees the only therapist, in a nearby city (45 minutes away), who is familiar with Aspergers. We live in a very rural area; I believer there are support groups in a city over an hour away - too far to travel - is there anything on the internet that you know of?
I did a Google search, but found very little out there. It seemed to me this was a problem I could solve - by creating an area on the Autism.About.Com forum where spouses/partners of people on the autism spectrum can share their feelings, resources, insights and frustrations. JOIN THE CONVERSATION!
It also occurred to me that there are remarkably few places where married/partnered adults who have recently discovered they are diagnosable with autism can share their thoughts and feelings. So I've created a thread specifically for adults on the spectrum. JOIN THE CONVERSATION!
Lastly, while I know that all partnered relationships have a good deal in common, I also know that gay and lesbian couples have unique concerns. With that in mind, I've created a third thread specifically for gay/lesbian couples living with Asperger syndrome. JOIN THE CONVERSATION!
Let me know if you make use of these areas whether they're helpful for you. And let me know, too, if there are other special interest groups that could benefit from an online forum/support.