Services for Adults

AANE - Asperger SyndromeWelcome to Adult Services at the Asperger/Autism Network. The AANE Adult Services team is here to help you feel connected, understood and empowered. At AANE, you can explore how Asperger Syndrome (or related autism spectrum profiles, including Social Communication Disorder and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder) affects your life and find a community of understanding and support. AANE offers many options for learning, community building and problem solving. If you are interested in exploring any of our services and programs, please contact us in adult services and we will be happy to work with you! AANE Adult Services works with individuals with AS or related profiles who are over 18 and post-high school as well as with their families.

*Note: In this overview we will use the term Asperger Syndrome or AS to mean Asperger Syndrome or related autism spectrum profiles including Social Communication Disorder and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder.

Asperger Syndrome Information and Referral

AANE Adult Services Staff can help you locate referrals, respond to your questions or concerns, or provide support for you, your family member, friend or employee. Call or E-mail us for assistance. There is no fee for this service.


Parents, adults, and professionals frequently call AANE. AANE offers face-to-face consultations. During a consultation a staff member can listen and provide practical strategies. At the end of the hour we hope you will feel more supported, at ease, and better prepared to navigate the complexities of Asperger Syndrome (AS).

Adult Social Groups and Recreational Opportunities

Pizza and Game Nights
AANE Pizza and Game Nights provide an opportunity for participants to get together in a relaxed, accepting atmosphere to socialize and have fun. Participants build social skills in a low key, comfortable environment and often make friendships which transcend AANE.

Locations and days:

  • Watertown – 2nd and 4th Thursdays
  • Amherst – 1st Thursday
  • Westwood – 1st Monday
  • Danvers – 1st Thursday
  • Fitchburg – 4th Wednesday
  • Framingham – 3rd Monday
  • Worcester – 2nd Tuesday

Days may change due to holidays or other circumstances. Please consult the AANE Adult Social Event List for the most up to date information and for specific times and locations of each event.

Special Social Events
We offer a variety of opportunities to get together socially outside of AANE such as trips to: Red Sox and Boston University Basketball Games, Anime Boston, The Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Philharmonic concerts. Please consult our adult services Calendar.

Support Groups

AANE Support Groups: Adults
AANE support groups provide an opportunity for participants to meet and talk with others in an understanding and non-judgmental atmosphere. Comparing life experiences and sharing current challenges and successes help group members to learn that they are not alone.

  • Drop-In Groups – Danvers, Westwood
  • Young Women's Group – Watertown
  • Women's Group – Watertown
  • Gay Men's Group – Boston
  • Re-Employment Roundtable for Mid-Career Professionals – Watertown
  • 50 and Over – Watertown
  • Cohort Groups – Watertown
    • Including but not limited to adults on the spectrum who are: Parents, LGBTQ, People of Color, Partnered Men, Newly Diagnosed (meet 1- 2 times per year)

Please consult the AANE Adult Social Event List for the most up to date information and for specific times and locations of each event and to register.

AANE Support Groups: Partners

  • Spouse / Partners Support Group – 6 week group for people married to or in partnership with someone with Asperger Syndrome. – Watertown
  • Neuro-exceptional Couples Group - For both members of a couple in which at least one member identifies with having Asperger Syndrome. – Watertown and Western MA
  • Six-Week Video Conference Neuro-exceptional Couples Group – Summer 2014
  • Six-Week Video Conference Partner/Spouse Group – Summer 2014

AANE Support Groups: Parents
Parents of Adults In-person groups (Watertown, Westwood and Danvers)

AANE Support Groups: On-Line
On-line groups for Parents of Adults, Spouses/Partners and Adult Siblings

Specialized Topic Groups
AANE periodically offers time-limited groups. Examples of these groups include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group – Run periodically by AANE staff.
  • Psychodrama in Action Workshops – In partnership with Carol Feldman Bass, psycho-dramatist and founder of Social Dynamix.
  • Managing Internet Use – In partnership with Michael Glenn, LICSW and Mark Kline PsyD.

AANE Interest Series

People on the autism spectrum tend to connect best around shared interests. Many in our adult community are extremely creative or enjoy exploring creative activities. Others may have deep knowledge of a particular subject and wish to connect with others around that area of expertise. These monthly groups will enable individuals on the spectrum with shared interests to meet and connect with others while participating in their interest area.

Areas of exploration may include but are not limited to: Music, Zentangles, Filmmaking, Robotics, Anime and Manga, History, Technology (video games), Writing, Storytelling

Please consult the AANE Adult Social Event List for the most up to date information and for specific times of each event and to register.

AANE Artist Collaborative

The AANE Artist Collaborative endeavors to support artists in the AANE community by enabling them to showcase and sell their work on a regular basis throughout the year. The artists meet monthly to share artistic, technical and business knowledge in a supportive environment appreciative of their unique styles and perspectives. All are welcome to visit the Collaborative's permanent collection at the AANE Offices during normal business hours. http://aaneartists.org/

AANE Life Management Assistance Program (LifeMAP)

LifeMAP provides personal, intensive, one-on-one coaching support to post-high school adults with AS or related conditions who are struggling with day-to-day tasks. These tasks may include but are not limited to Home Skills, Community and Social Skills, Personal Growth, Managing College, Pre-Employment and Employment Skills.

Specialized LifeMAP Programs include: LifeMAP Foundation, LifeMAP for Teens, WorkMAP, InterviewPREP, Practice Interview, CollegeMAP, and LifeMAP en Español.

AANE Adult Speakers' Bureau

No one understands the Asperger's experience better than those with Asperger Syndrome. In recognition of the unique perspectives individuals with AS have to offer, AANE has assembled a Speakers' Bureau of adults of all ages who are diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. All of these adults have backgrounds in public speaking. Their presentations will enhance your understanding of the challenges people with AS face and the strategies that help them succeed through an irreplaceable first-person perspective.

Educational Workshops and Conferences

  • The Jody Acford Spirit Conference – Annually each summer
  • Navigating Public and Private Supports in Massachusetts – Annually in January
  • Understanding Asperger Syndrome for Adults and Older Teens
  • Understanding Asperger Syndrome for Parents of Adults
  • Dating, Relationship and Sexuality Workshops
  • External Trainings for Professionals working with Adults on the autism spectrum

AANE Forms Clinic

Do you need help completing applications for housing, SSI or health insurance? AANE is offering this service to all adults with AS and related conditions by appointment.

To set up an appointment, please at AANE. Be sure to include the following information:

  • Your name, address, phone number, and email address
  • Names of the forms you wish to complete
  • Your coach's name, if applicable

Appointments will take place at AANE Tuesdays from 10-2pm.

Western Massachusetts and Out of State Groups

For more Specific information about all of these groups please visit AANE Support & Social Groups: Adults.

  • Western MA
    • Adult Support Group (ages 25+), Sept. thru June – Trish Huff, facilitator
    • Women's Support Group, Sept. thru June – Trish Huff, facilitator
  • Maine
    • Adult Support Group – Portland - Robert Lagos, facilitator
    • Spouse/Partner Support/Psycho-educational Group – Westbrook - Ginger Walker, facilitator
  • New Hampshire
    • Adult Recreational Activity Group – Keene – Joanna Andros, facilitator
  • Rhode Island
    • Adult Pizza Night – Providence – Arthur Mercurio, facilitator
    • Parent of Adult Support Group – Providence – Toby Liebowitz, facilitator

Adult Services at AANE works with individuals with Asperger Syndrome or related autism spectrum profiles who are over 18 and out of high school, and their families.  For information on any of the above programs and services, call 617-393-3824 or email and ask for adult services.