Information about ASPEN

ASPEN NJ - picture of an ASPEN TreeASPEN provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, High Functioning Autism), and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with:

  • Education about the issues surrounding the disorders.
  • Support in knowing that they are not alone, and in helping individuals with ASD’s and NLD achieve their maximum potential.
  • Advocacy in areas of appropriate educational programs, medical research funding, adult issues and increased public awareness and understanding.

ASPEN is a national volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization with headquarters in New Jersey. Our chapters meet monthly, alternating parent support meetings with speaker presentations. ASPEN offers professionals the opportunity to join us at meetings where speakers are scheduled and provides Professional Development Hours to those who attend. ASPEN is registered with the NJ Department of Education (registration #1619) as a Professional Development Provider.

Membership includes a newsletter and resource directory, access to our lending library. Additionally, ASPEN maintains this comprehensive website and sponsors conferences featuring some of the most prominent names in the research community.

Along with our chapter coordinators, ASPEN’s Board is comprised of a Professional Advisory Board made up of some of the most highly respected experts in their fields and an Honorary Board of talented, well-known individuals.

ASPEN Executive Board

  • President/Executive Director – Lori Shery
  • Vice President – Rich Meleo
  • Vice President – Elizabeth Yamashita
  • Secretary – Ann Hiller
  • Treasurer – Anita Finkel

ASPEN Board of Directors

  • Monique Castillo
  • Helen Ciraulo
  • Bice Del Galdo
  • Roberta Hoffmann
  • Teresa Nicoliello
  • Susan Nierenberg
  • Matthew Root
  • Jannine Zerres

The ASPEN website has been recognized as a Select Site.


We do not endorse specific treatments or products. All references to other websites or organizations are for information only, and should not be construed in any way as recommendations on the part of ASPEN®. Presentations and other activities are intended to provide parents and affected individuals with information, and they should consult their trusted and experienced professionals to establish the best course of treatment for their own child.

The name ASPEN® and the Aspen leaf logo are the registered Federal Trademarks of ASPEN® – Asperger Syndrome Education Network, Inc.

Unless noted to the contrary, all trademarks and other intellectual property on this site are owned by ASPEN®, 9 Aspen Circle, Edison, NJ 08820 USA.