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    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


    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.



















                           With summer 2020 underway, and while we're out and about                                    taking in the sun rays and adjusting to social and

                            physical distancing, we hope you'll enjoy reading the recent

                            blogs. Just released for August, the blog reveals that                                                     in this coronavirus era, kindness goes a long way in the autism

                            community. Get the scoop by clicking atop the cake. Also,

                            we want to know what you think of the blog content, so in

                           addition to you clicking on the heart, please, and kindly share a

                           comment on the content of the blogs.  




    Live Your Dreams and

    Be Inspired...







    Autism News & Resources

    College and job training scholarships,

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


































                              Pictured: Branford-R greeting one of his best friends Logan-L, whom he              

                               happened to run into while out in the community/photo by B. Sankoh



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


    • Facebook - White Circle
    • Twitter - White Circle


    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!




    What's New for You?


    The 2020 NAMI | National Alliance on Mental Illness Virtual Convention, featured a new app, the notOK app developed by teen siblings, to help anyone in times when we're not ok by pressing a single button on your smartphone. 





























    Call Us 1-833-VIP-2030 (833-847-2030) Contact email: 


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    A proud collaboration with Loebigink

    Pictured: Coach and Author, Speaker Kevin Carroll, the Katalyst