AFSS Quarterly / May 1, 2017 /



Welcome to the first quarterly newsletter of Aspies For Social Success, AFSS. We look forward to sharing all sorts of news and information about AFSS, our team, members and the Autism community.


Steve K.

Stephen Katz

Executive Director

Our mission

Headquartered in New York City, Aspies For Social Success (AFSS) is a peer-run organization that provides support and social groups, as well as cultural events, to adults 18 and over who have either been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), believe they might be on the Autism Spectrum, or who for other reasons have difficulty with social communication, sensory processing, or executive functioning. AFSS is working to build a more inclusive community for individuals who otherwise may not have many opportunities or be able to find others with whom to socialize. We do not charge our members any fees, and our income comes exclusively from fundraising.



Aspies for Social Success would like to acknowledge the following for their participation in helping us get off the ground and find early success within our organization.

We must first acknowledge the AFSS Advisory Board

Jonas Arnaldo, Founder

Dr. Irma Ozer, Ph.D. / J.D., Co-Founder

Karl Wittig, P. E., Chair

Brian R. C. Kinghorn, M. Phil.

Kelly Dee Barndt, MFA


Platinum Award for continued excellence in support

Dr. Irma Ozer, Ph.D. / J.D.

Dr. Ozer has supported AFSS with her sage advice and continued financial participation from day one.



For donations of $1,000 and up                       

Dr. Irma Ozer, Ph.D. / J.D.                             

Karl Wittig, P. E.                                           



For donations of $50 and up

Carole Katz

Kathy Stillson  

David and Shane Holmes



For donations of $10 and up

Kelly Dee Barndt

Henry (Jake) Gibson

Timothy Itschner

Della Herden

Herbert, Mildred, and Debbie Lechner

Lifetime achievement award

Michael John Carley

Founder of GRASP, Author, Public speaker and Advocate

AFSS is pleased to acknowledge Michael John Carley for his hard work building the Aspie/ Autism community here in New York and across the country as well as community education, outreach, advocacy and effecting change that helps us all.

In-Kind Award

For donating time, venues, and tickets

MoMa (Museum of Modern Art), the Met Museum, Shane Hudson and Amy Harris Primary Stages, ReelAbilities Film Festival and the Manhattan JCC, the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY, Brian R. C. Kinghorn and the NeurodiversiTC initiative at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Shoutout Award

For offering special discounts

The Barrymore Theatre, Shubert Organization, Kelly D. Barndt, and the entire production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; The New York Historical Society; and The American Museum of Natural History.

Special Thanks To:

Anke Wessels, Lisa Ann Marsella and the whole team at CTA, Harry Precourt and Maurice Bretzfield at SCORE Inc, Pat Schissel, LMSW at AHA, Katherine Cody, PsyD, PLLC at Spectrum Services, Carole Katz, and Kathy Stillson for their continued support.


Your tax deductible donation is essential to our programming efforts and will help us offer ongoing support and social groups, allow all participants access to great cultural events, and reach out to others who will benefit, among other AFSS goals.

Cultural events have included: attending the Broadway show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, trips to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (with a private tour and an art project for our group), the Museum of Modern Art, The New York Historical Society, and many other events in and around New York City.

We are proud to participate with the GiveGab donation platform. When clicking on the “DONATE NOW” button, GiveGab offers a secure, fast and easy way to make a donation


For additional ways of participating

Aspies For Social Success (AFSS) is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA). CTA, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization is legally and financially responsible for all of our program activities.


Support and Social Groups: An Essential and Vital Need of the Autistic Community

An Essential and Vital Need of the Autistic Community

By Karl Wittig, PE

Advisory Board Chair

Aspies for Social Success AUTISM SPECTRUM NEWS ~ WINTER 2017

During all of the years since I was first diagnosed on the autism spectrum, support groups have been a constant part of my life in a variety of ways. Having attended, facilitated, and served in organizations that sponsored such groups, I came to appreciate their importance to those on the spectrum and to the autistic community as a whole. Read More

Asperger’s Syndrome and the Public Consciousness.

By Dr. Irma Jacqueline Ozer (Ph.D./J.D.)

CO-Founder and Advisory Board member

Aspies for Social Success

Dr. Ozer has several sections in her book. The Psychology section provides the reader with a scholarly review of past and present works on Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I highly recommend this as required reading for anyone who works with people on the spectrum, as well those who are on the spectrum themselves, families and friends. Read More

Educating a Neurodiverse World

Brian R. C. Kinghorn, M. Phil TEDx Teachers College, Published on July 23 2014

Advisory Board member

Aspies for Social Success

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What kind of world would we have if we all realized what kind of mind we had and began appreciating it? What if we did the same for others? In this talk, Brian Kinghorn champions the cause of Neurodiversity, arguing that there is not just one “standard-issue” brain. 

SAVE THE DATE; Sunday June 4

AFSS Improv theatre workshop: In collaboration with Primary Stages and CO-LAB, this workshop will be using improvisational theatre to improve social cognition, communication skills and will be a whole lot of fun.


See Y'all at our next event!