Watercooler Live! is an Asperger’s support group for adult Aspies in the Merrimack Valley area and beyond. All Aspies are always welcome as are people who care about them! And don’t forget to visit our BLOG and our Facebook group, Watercooler Live!
At this very moment, throughout the United States, including the Merrimack Valley, children are born with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). The statistics are staggering: When we began the adventure of what became Asperger Works, 1 in 68 children were diagnosed with Autism by the time they become 8 years old. Today, due to better diagnostic tools and the recognition that girls can also be autistic, the ration has changed to 1 in 40. Do you ever wonder what the future holds for these children?
Although today children born with Autism receive early intervention and various services in school, they have limited opportunities once they graduate or age out. And there are inadequate services for older adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. Our parent organization, Asperger Works, is attempting to change this dynamic. But Watercooler Live! is trying to make a difference by having adults on the Spectrum get together online to discuss their problems and support one another. We also encourage neurotypical people to participate on behalf of Aspies in their families and communities.
There is no such thing as an Aspie trait. All of us are different. All of us have different needs, different problems, different ways in which Asperger’s affects us. The one thing we have in common, though, is that most of us are supported by the states we live in and by our families. Why? Because, despite being highly qualified for well-paying jobs, approximately 80% of us are un- or underemployed! Despite what others may think, most Aspies are highly intelligent, intensely focused, and very honest. They also pay great attention to detail and will not stop trying to solve problems presented to us until we are absolutely certain that we had come up with the answers because, for us, there’s minimal room for error. We believe that companies that are willing to take a chance on Aspergians will benefit from having them on their teams.
Don't forget to visit our sister page, Asperger Works Volunteers, to meet the wonderful volunteers and interns who helped us in the months and years prior to COVID! It is our fervent hope that soon we will be able to welcome even more volunteers to our organization.