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FAMILY AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Romantic Relationships for Young Adults with Asperger's Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
Despite the social struggles experienced by many people with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome, some adults are able to develop intimate personal relationships. Read more in this article by Tony Attwood.

Adults with ASD: My Brother's (Sister's) Keeper
The sibling bond typically undergoes major changes during adulthood. Researchers are delving into the possibility that this bond plays a key role in the quality of adult life when one of the siblings has an ASD.

Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues, all at the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge, discuss the "lost generation" -- those with Asperger's who grew up before the diagnosis existed. They describe a unique program designed to help diagnose and assist these adults, helping them to understand themselves as well as to access services and support.


This guide is aimed at adolescents and adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It looks at social skills, social skills training groups and social groups and also suggests ways in which people with an ASD can meet and form positive relationships with others.

People with an ASD often find social situations very difficult. There are so many social rules that people without an ASD learn instinctively. People with an ASD often have to work at learning these rules. It can often be confusing and cause anxiety as many social rules are unwritten and not spoken about.

Unfortunately it would be impossible to fit every helpful idea into this guide, but it does offer some basic suggestions that you could begin to think about. Discussing these with someone you feel safe with (e.g. a family member or key worker) may help you to think of some other ideas.  Clicking here will take you directly to the guide. 

Web resources and chatrooms

There are a number of other groups and organisations that offer opportunities for meeting and socialising with other people with an ASD. You can find out more about each one by visiting their website:

National Autistic Society online community
The community is for people on the autism spectrum and their parents and carers. You can register to post your thoughts, questions and experiences.

Aspergers Syndrome Meetup 
Meetup® is a website that aims to help people all over the world contact each other and they have a section dedicated to Asperger syndrome. This section allows people with AS to get in touch with others with the possibility of arranging to meet up.

Independent living On the Autistic Spectrum 
This is an online support group for people with an ASD. As well as allowing you to communicate with others through email you can visit their websites and list your own if you have one.