Group Description

The AUTISTICS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER WASHINGTON, INC. (AAGW) serves autistic adults in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the surrounding region. We established our community to provide mutual support, organize social activities, and advance our policy interests. We refer members, parents, families and others to appropriate resources and contacts.


Our e-mail and support groups are open only to adults (at least 18 years of age) in our region who have -- or who think they might have -- autism.  Members need not be professionally diagnosed.
  1. You're at least 18 years of age,
  2. You live in the general DC/MD/VA region, and
  3. You have -- or think you might have -- autism.

How to Join

To join our e-mail group, send a blank e-mail to

Membership Conditions

By joining, you promise to maintain strict confidentiality, to treat other members with respect, and to avoid commercial self-promotion.

Web Site

You can learn more about our organization at our Web site:

Monthly Support Group Meetings

A new member may bring along one or two adults (friends or family members) to his or her first meeting. Thereafter, members should attend by themselves.
Occasionally, at the request of the Teaism restaurant where we meet, we must change a meeting date. We announce meeting date changes ASAP in our e-mail group. Thus, it is recommended that all support-group members join our e-mail group.
You can learn more about our meetings from our Web site.

Meeting Location

We meet at:
Teaism at Penn Quarter
(lower level)
400 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
[Google Maps location]
The Teaism at Penn Quarter restaurant is located on the corner of 8th and D Streets NW. The nearest Metrorail station is Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter, on the Green and Yellow Lines.

We are not a source of medical advice

Our e-mail group, our support group and our members are not sources of medical advice. For medical advice please contact a qualified physician.

Historical Info

Our online community, originally hosted by Yahoo Groups, was started on June 28, 2004.  The next year, on February 20, 2005, we founded our support group, which since 2005 has met monthly at Teaism at Penn Quarter in downtown Washington, D.C.
Originally, we welcomed local adults with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), High Functioning Autism (HFA), Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and related conditions.  In May 2013 the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th Edition) (DSM-5) subsumed these conditions into the broader classification of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Group Information

  • 371 Members
  • 11,511 Topics, Last Post:
  • Started on

Group Settings

  • All subscribers can post to the group.
  • Posts to this group do not require approval from the moderators.
  • Messages are set to reply to group.
  • Subscriptions to this group require approval from the moderators.
  • Archives are visible to subscribers only.
  • Wiki is visible to subscribers only.
  • Members can edit their messages.

 or  Log In If You Are Already A Member

Message History

Group Email Addresses