Autistic in NYC

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

Professional-led support groups and social activities

Below are support groups and social activities run by autism professionals (e.g. psychotherapists and social workers).

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. Schedule info below refers to each group's traditional in-person meeting schedule, not its current online chat/conference schedule. See each group's website for the latter.

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

WARNING:  Currently, meetings of groups run by even the best autism professionals are not necessarily held in meeting spaces that accommodate the full range of sensory sensitivities that may be found among autistic people. 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: Organizations listed on this page are not affiliated with this website.

 

Free support groups in Manhattan

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Free support groups in Nassau and Suffolk Counties

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Free support groups in Westchester and Rockland Counties

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Paid support groups in northern New Jersey

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Free social activities in Manhattan

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Sensory notes on the venues

  1. The conference room at Spectrum Services uses CFG bulbs, which may bother people who can hear frequencies above the normal human hearing range. However, the sound made by the CFG bulbs is partially drowned out by white/pink noise generators in the hallway. (The noise generators are far less irritating than the CFG bulbs, at least to my sound-sensitive boyfriend. Their purpose is to protect the privacy of psychotherapy clients by muffling sound.)

  2. Felicity House is designed to accommodate a variety of sensory sensitivities. If your sensory needs are not addressed, talk to your staff contact about it.

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.