Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions that may be useful to you and/or someone you know. If you have more questions, please contact us.
How long has Asperger Works been in existence?
Asperger Works has been in existence since 2012 and has been a 501(c)(3) charitable organization since July, 2014.
What does ASD stand for? How about AS? What’s the difference?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is now defined by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as a single disorder that includes disorders that were previously considered separate:
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Childhood disintegrative disorder
- Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified
Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, often alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. Aspies, as they commonly refer to themselves, are usually highly intelligent, honest to a fault, and very focused when involved in a task.
AS differs from other Autism Spectrum Disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Often physical clumsiness and atypical (peculiar or odd) use of language are also reported.
What programs do you offer? How can I get services?
At this time, we are still in our fundraising stage and are not fully ready to sign up clients. However, we will be offering the following services before the end of June, 2016:
- Individual and/or group living-skills training (in partnership with the Northeast Independent Living Program)
- Education programs that will include – but are not limited to- (in partnership with the Northeast Independent Living Program)
- How to find jobs
- How to write resumes
- How to fill out applications
- How to interview for a job
- How to dress for an interview
- Individual job coaching
- Individual mentoring
Does Asperger Works have any people with AS in positions of authority?
We are extremely proud of the diversity of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Our Executive Director/President is an Aspie as are at least two other members of our Board of Directors. In fact, our bylaws dictate that our ED and at least fifty percent (50%) of our Board be on the Spectrum.
This insistence on having Aspies in leadership positions can make things difficult at times; but we conscientiously made the decision to not only “talk the talk,” but to also “walk the walk.”
I have heard a lot about neurodiversity. What exactly is it?
Neurodiversity, according to Wikipedia, is an approach to learning and disability that suggests that diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normal variations in the human genome. This term was coined in the late 1990s as a challenge to prevailing views of neurological diversity as inherently pathological, and it asserts that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status.
What is your mailing address?
You may write to us at Asperger Works, Inc., 190 Haverhill Street, #378, Methuen, MA 01844.
How and when do I get a gift receipt?
We send you a thank-you letter upon the receipt of your donation and a detailed donation receipt by no later than the second week of January.
What is your Tax ID Number?
Our Tax ID Number is 27-3092044. Asperger Works, Inc. is a US registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Gifts are deductible under applicable laws. Please consult your tax professional if you have questions.
Why should I donate to Asperger Works and what is my money being used for?
Please see Why Asperger Works?
Fundraising Employment Volunteering
Can I aide you by fundraising for your cause?
By all means, help us fundraise! Thank you for your interest in aiding us! Here is what you can do:
- Participate in any, or all, of our fundraising activities by contacting our volunteer coordinator.
- Spread the word about our organization to your family, friends, and neighbors and get them involved in our fundraising activities.
- Do you have fundraising ideas that could help us raise more funds? Share them with us by contacting our volunteer coordinator.
Do you have any volunteer, internship, or job opportunities?
We have a number of volunteering positions available. We have just begun to offer non-paying internships. Should you wish to intern with us through a program at your school, by all means contact our volunteer coordinator.
Presently, we are in the final phases of designing our mentor/job coaching positions. Please check back here often if you feel that you would be a good fit for our needs. Soon we will be providing application forms and arranging for interviews.
Can I use the Asperger Works logo and/or pictures or videos on your Website when I fundraise for your organization?
Can I interview you for a class project or a class paper?
There are many misconceptions about Autism Spectrum Disorders, especially Asperger’s Syndrome. It is our belief that education of the public and employers is a key component of our organization. Therefore, members of our Board would be happy to be interviewed by students of local high schools and colleges. Please contact us at [email protected].
Could I invite you to appear at an event or a conference?
Although our organization is still small, we would be happy to appear at appropriate events and conferences to help us get the word out about our organization and to educate the public about Asperger’s. If you would like us to attend one of your meetings or conferences, please contact us at [email protected].
Can you send me some information like brochures or pamphlets?
In order to keep costs down and to remain eco-friendly, we don’t send materials through the mail but ask instead that you share our resources via e-mail or social media.