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Welcome to Verge of Independence Project (VIP), a progressive change

initiative that uses multimedia to promote the independence, self-advocacy, and social confidence of autistic young adults! 


"Did you know that nearly 800,000 young adults in the U.S. are affected by autism?" Learn more about autism and resources on our 

About Autism page.


Established in 2009, VIP aims to help autistic young adults in discovering that Connections Matter. You, too, can make the discovery by exploring this resourceful site. 

    Discover VIP VoxPop

    Exercise Your Independence by Answering for Yourself the Following Question:      

                                "What does independence mean to me?" 

          I am autistic and a self-advocate. I am also the cofounder of Verge of Independence Project and its autism ambassador. For me, independence means, having the freedom to discover and embrace my different abilities                                                                       

         My interests are listening to all kinds of good music, playing musical instruments, swimming, skating, bowling, golfing, traveling, being around trees, attending; concerts, performances, and sporting events, exploring jobs, spending time with my family   and friends, and learning and participating in the voting process."


         Verge of Independence Project/VIP was created for autistic young adults to have the freedom to express themselves. So, check out The VIP VoxPop, where you can hear and share your thoughts on living and leading as an autistic individual. 

    Hi, my name is Branford...

    Put Your John Hancock on the Virtual Verge of Independence Project Declaration, and sign up to get your VIP e-Newsletter!!


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    The Vip Blog

    "Don't Cut Corners...Unless It's Cake" Blog Series


    Presented by VIP Blogger Melissa Lushington 

    Hi, VIPers!

    Welcome to the "Don't Cut Corners...Unless It's Cake" Blog! On the first  Wednesday of each month, you can look forward to receiving news and   information along with a sweet slice of wisdom that speaks to autistic adults and to those who support them."

    Vip zone & Podcast

    Produced by the Verge of Independence Project Team

    The Inaugural   

    VIP Zone Podcast




    Once entering the zone, you’ll be able to focus on empowering platforms that supports and leads to gaining independence.


    We want to keep you charged up by presenting encouraging web and podcast interviews!


    Take a listen to our kick-off interview with              Kevin "Katalyst" Carroll, bestselling author of "Rules of the Red Rubber Ball!"

    Live Your Dreams and Be Inspired...

    Check out the Verge of Independence Song and its inaugural podcast. On June 16th, we kick off the reimagined VIP Zone Podcast-Unplugged. Download from the following apps:



    “In their season finale podcast titled Sit Back & Overreact (SBO) (Episode Title "Pizza Party"), hosts Heather and Julia shout out the Verge of Independence Project's blogger Melissa Lushington, praising the work that she has penned under the VIP Blogs in the series "Don't Cut Corners...Unless It's Cake." In an exchange of cool information, SBO posted a link to the VIP Blogs on their podcast, and we've posted a link to their podcast here! Please enjoy!.”

    - The VIP Team