Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living Edition
| Editors: Fred R. Volkmar


  • Lori S. SheryEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102043-1

Membership as of October 2016

Membership is open to families and individuals whose lives are affected by autism spectrum disorders (those formerly known as Asperger syndrome, PDD-NOS, and high-functioning autism) and nonverbal learning disabilities and the professionals who work with them.

Major Areas or Mission Statement

ASPEN is a national volunteer nonprofit organization with headquarters in New Jersey. It was established in 1997 by a group of parents of children diagnosed with Asperger syndrome to address the increasing need for information, support, and advocacy for individuals on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum and their families.


We will:
  • Increase awareness and knowledge among the community and the professionals who diagnose, treat, educate, or provide services to individuals with Asperger syndrome (autism spectrum disorder) and related disorders

  • Develop and maintain a strong network of families to support one another through the challenges of daily life


Autism Spectrum Disorder Asperger Syndrome Learning Disability Social Skill Training Emergency Responder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ASPEN (asperger/Autism SPectrum Education Network)EdisonUSA