Here are some places you can find autistic communities:
- Local meetup groups.
Some autistic groups meet using a site called meetup.com.
You can search “autism group” on that website to find groups near you.
- Autistic Self Advocacy Network affiliate groups.
ASAN has a list of groups that we work with.
You can check and see if there is one near you.
The list is at https://autisticadvocacy.org/get-involved/affiliate-groups/
- People First groups.
Most states have People First groups.
They are for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
People First groups work on Standing up for yourself so you get what you need..
They fight for our rights.
You can find a list of People First groups at https://www.peoplefirst.org/usa/
- College groups.
Some colleges have groups for disabled people.
Some groups include all disabled people.
Some groups are just for autistic people.
Most colleges have a website for groups.
People who aren’t students can’t always get to these websites.
If you are a student, it is a good place to look.
If not, you can try to call or email the colleges and ask.
Sometimes there are conferences for autistic people.
A When people from many different places get together. They all talk about a specific thing, like autism. is when people from many different places get together.
They all talk about a specific thing, like autism.
Conferences usually happen once a year.