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.

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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:

Video Support Meetings

During the coronavirus crisis, we are holding monthly video meetings.  We are also holding occasional informal video chats.  We use the video-conferencing service Zoom to connect our community.
You can learn more about our video meetings from our Web site.

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 between 2005 and February 2020 met monthly at Teaism at Penn Quarter in downtown Washington, D.C.  During the Pandemic, we are meeting on Zoom, the videoconferencing application.
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).

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