Autistic in NYC

Resources and new ideas for the autistic adult community in the New York City metro area.

Autistic peer-led support groups and social activities

Below are peer support groups and social activities run by and for people on the autism spectrum.

NOTE: During the CoViD-19 crisis, all in-person meetings and events have been either canceled or moved to online venues. Hopefully they'll resume their previous schedule when it's over.

Below are pages listing the current (as of April 1, 2020) online chat meeting schedules of various autistic peer-led groups:

  1. Video/audio chats:

  2. Text-based chats:

    • Autistic in NYC: Queens discussion group (first and second Tuesday evening of the month, starting in May 2020)
    • Coming soon: Various groups for autistic people who share particular categories of careers (or career goals) and/or hobbies. Contact us to let us know your hobbies and/or your profession / occupation / job (or career goal), to be informed about suitable groups when they are created.

(As of April 1, 2020, North Jersey Young Adults Making Friends has not yet announced a chat schedule.)

For all these groups/activities, it is strongly preferred that you RSVP rather than just show up unannounced, so that the organizers can know how many people will show up. Meetings/events are usually held either in rented rooms with a limited amount of space, or in a diner/restaurant (in which case the organizer needs to know how big a table to reserve). It is desirable to RSVP for online chats too, so the host can know how large a crowd to expect.

More details about each group can be found below.

Schedule info below refers to each group's traditional in-person meeting schedule, NOT its current online chat/conference schedule. THE IN-PERSON MEETINGS LISTED BELOW ARE NOT CURRENTLY HAPPENING.

Other groups and programs will be listed here soon. In the meantime, consider also Professional-led groups and social activities (listed on a separate page).

WARNING:  Currently, few if any of the meeting spaces accommodate the full range of sensory sensitivities that may be found among autistic people. For example, there aren't very many reasonably-priced meeting spaces that don't use fluorescent lights. Hopefully in the future it will be possible for more groups to meet in more sensory-friendly spaces. In the meantime, see Sensory notes on the venues. If a venue is not described there, that means I don't yet know its sensory status. (It does NOT mean "No news is good news.")

Note: Except for the Queens discussion group, organizations listed on this page are not affiliated with this website.

 

Free support / self-help groups in Manhattan

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Free support groups in Nassau and Suffolk Counties

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Support / self-help group meetings held at a diner (pay for meal; otherwise free) in Queens

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Free social activities in Manhattan

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Social activities held at a restaurant/diner (pay for meal; otherwise free) in Manhattan

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Social activities held at a restaurant/diner (pay for meal; otherwise free) in Central New Jersey

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Miscellaneous social activities in Manhattan

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Miscellaneous social activities in northern New Jersey

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Sensory notes on the venues

  1. The Magnet Theater Training Center has fluorescent lights.

  2. The Skylight Diner has okay lighting, according to my boyfriend who is moderately sensitive both to standard fluorescent lights and to CFG bulbs. It also is usually not very crowded, but has the usual noises of a diner.

  3. The Atlantic Diner has okay lighting, according to my boyfriend who is moderately sensitive both to standard fluorescent lights and to CFG bulbs. It also is relatively uncrowded, but there are various possibly-distracting sounds.

Featured page:  Where to get an ASD evaluation as an adult.

It's not easy to find psychotherapists who are qualified to diagnose autism spectrum disorder, especially in adults.

On the above-linked page is a preliminary list of places where some members of local support groups obtained their diagnoses. Soon this list will be updated to include many more places and, for those already listed, more information about insurance, other reduced-cost options, etc.