Watercooler Live! is an Asperger’s support group for adult Aspies in the Merrimack Valley area and beyond. All Aspies are always welcome! For more information, check us out at Watercooler Live! And don’t forget to visit our BLOG!
At this very moment, throughout the United States, including the Merrimack Valley, children are born with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). The statistics are staggering: 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism by the time they become 8 years old. Do you ever wonder what the future holds for these children?
Although today children born with Autism receive wonderful services in school, they have limited opportunities once they graduate or age out. And there are practically no 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 in person or online to discuss their problems and support one another.
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. Despite what others may think, most of us are highly intelligent, intensely focused, and very honest. We 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.
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!
Dinner of Hope 2021
The Dinner of Hope 2021 is now history. We would like to thank all of our sponsors: Diamond – Pentucket Bank, Gold – Fred Simmons, Silver – Enterprise Bank, and Bronze – Katalin Baltimore and NILP (Northeast Independent Living Program); and all those who bought tickets, donated, and purchased ads in our booklet. We would also like to thank Calee Merenda, representing State Senator Diana DiZoglio who could not attend.
Additionally, we thank KBK Sports for once more conducting our silent auction, and the following who donated items toward the auction: Mallory Portraits, the Boston Red Sox, Essex County Ghost Project, and Eva Rajczyk. We also thank Tim Coco for reprising his MC duties, Maria’s Family Restaurant for donating the venue, all those who contributed baked goods for our dessert: Lois Auclair, Janet Brodie, Betty Khol, Beverly Patterson, Christle Rogers, and Eva Rajczyk, and our wonderful volunteers: Bonnie Prosper and Tara Maharjan.
Don't forget to visit our sister page, Asperger Works Volunteers, to meet the wonderful volunteers and interns who have been helping us!