Imagine a place where you are encouraged to be yourself and valued for your individual talents. Asperger's Alliance was developed with the goal of creating an environment where teenagers and young adults and their families could experience belonging. Often families come to us feeling lost within the system and struggling to find acceptance. Asperger's Alliance was created to be safe environment for our participants to develop the skills necessary to develop friendships and improve their confidence in school and to prepare for their transition into adulthood. Our parent group was designed to educate parents with strategies to work with their child or young adult, while providing a network of parents to share resources and experiences.
The puzzle piece is traditionally synonymous with Autism Spectrum Disorders and while we like many continue to search for answers; the Sea Glass symbolizes the vision of Asperger's Alliance.
Sea Glass is made when unwanted bottles or glassware are tossed into the sea, much in the same way society casts aside those who are different and value is not understood.
The glass shatters once engulfed by the waves and thrown against the rocks. The journey the glass must take is much like the transformation that happens to our teenagers and young adults.
Often group members come to us disheartened, bruised, and broken from being thrown against life's rocks. However, like the sea glass becoming frosted with patterns evident of its journey, over time our participants begin to find their identities and special talents begin to surface. Our vision is that create an environment where our participants and their families experience belonging, experience the same successes as their same-aged peers, and build the confidence to achieve their goals.