Make the

VIP Connection

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. 

    Declare Your 

    Independence, Today!

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

    Become An Agent

    of Change

    Pictured: Branford with Caregiver-L  and        Job Coaches-R


    VIP In The Media


    Produced by the Verge of Independence Project Team


    Once entering the zone, you’ll be able to focus on empowering platforms that lead 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!"

    Enter the VIP Zone!


    VIP Promotes Its Launch on NBC Philadelphia News









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

    Presented by Blogger, Autism Self-Advocate 
    Melissa Lushington


                            Hi, VIPers!

                                              In the first of the new year, our blog was relaunched,                                                    with its new name -"Don't Cut Corners...Unless It's Cake"                                         (formerly The Click/Clique Blog). 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.


                           The blog for May titled "Dear Mom, Love Your Autistic Child"                                                                                   paytribute to mothers of autistic 

                                                                           children. It also takes a deep

                                                                           dive into lessons learned on the parent-

                                                                           child relationship of rearing children

                                                                           with autism spectrum disorders and of

                                                                           growing up autistic. Get the full story 

                                                                           by clicking on the cake, atop.




    Live Your Dreams and

    Be Inspired...


    Check out the Verge of Independence Song and its podcast that can can be downloaded from the following apps:






    Autism News & Resources

    College and job training scholarships,

    self-advocacy guidance, social and communication tips and so much more!





























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