AANE Support and Social Groups: Adults

AANE has a number of support and social groups for adults with Asperger profiles that meet at various locations and times. These groups are intended for post-high school adults who are 18 or older.

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.

Social groups such as 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.

Dates are subject to change each month. To see this month's schedule and to register for an event, please see the Calendar of Events for Adults If you have any questions, please contact adult services staff.

Greater Boston

“Our son telling us that his evening at AANE was the first time in his life where he could be himself and not have to be what everyone else expected him to be was very powerful. I’m so thankful we have found such a place for him to enjoy being just who he is. If he continues to enjoy AANE for just that reason and no other, we have found a goldmine. Anything above and beyond that will be icing on the cake.”

Watertown, MA — Pizza & Game Night
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: AANE office
Cost: $12
Host: Remy Springer

Watertown, MA - Monthly Cohort Group
A different topic or cohort is identified for each month.
2nd Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: AANE office
Cost: $5
Host: Rotates

Watertown, MA - Interest Series
A different interest is identified each month.
4th Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: AANE office
Cost: $10
Host: Rotates

Watertown, MA — Women’s Support Group (open to all adult women)
3rd Thursday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: AANE office
Suggested Donation: $5
Host: Remy Springer

Watertown, MA — Young Women's Support Group (post high school to age 30)
1st Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: AANE office
Suggested Donation: $5
Host: Remy Springer

Watertown, MA — 50 and Over Support Group
1st Monday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: AANE office
Cost: $5
Hosts: Anastasia O'Melveny and Peter Luttik

Watertown, MA — Gender Identity and A.S. Support Group
3rd Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: AANE office
Cost: $5
Host: Julie Schwartz

Watertown, MA — Employment Support Group (open to mid-career professionals)
3rd Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: AANE office
Cost: $5
Hosts: Peter Lert and Guy Ronen

Watertown, MA - Artist Collaborative
Saturdays TBA
Location: AANE office
Cost: FREE
Host: Kaitlyn Coppola

Boston, MA — Gay Men’s Support Group
3rd Monday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Mass General Hospital (MGH)
Cost: $5
Host: Guy Ronen

North Shore

Danvers, MA — Adult Support Group
3rd Thursday, 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Location: North Shore ARC; 6 Southside Rd, Danvers, MA
Cost: $5
Host: Gail Kastorf

Danvers, MA — Pizza & Game Night
1st Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: North Shore ARC, 6 Southside Rd, Danvers, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Gail Kastorf

South Area

South Area, MA — Adult Support Group
2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Arc of South Norfolk, 789 Clapboardtree St., Westwood, MA
Cost: $5
Host: Stephen Nadel

South Area, MA — Pizza & Game Night
1st Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Arc of South Norfolk, 789 Clapboardtree St., Westwood, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Stephen Nadel

Metrowest

Framingham, MA — Pizza & Game Night
3rd Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: SMOC, 300 Howard Street, Framingham, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Laurie Thompson

Central Massachusetts

“My son is 22 years old, and this is the first time in his life that he’s had such social success! Being able to go to a social function and connect with other people is a godsend for him. ”

Fitchburg, MA — Pizza & Game Night
4th Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Fitchburg State University, McKay Art Academy, Room C192, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Laurie Thompson

Worcester, MA — Pizza & Game Night
2nd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Worcester State University
Student Center Building, Room 204, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Christian Tsetsos

Western Massachusetts

Athol/Orange, MA — Pizza & Game Night
2nd Saturday, 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Worker's Credit Union, 32 New Athol Road, Route 2A, Orange, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Sarah Gallo

Amherst, MA — Pizza & Game Night
1st Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: UMASS Amherst, Herter Hall, 161 Presidents Dr., Amherst, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Kris Watson

Great Barrington, MA - Adult Support Group
1st Tuesday, 5:00-6:45 p.m.
Location: Mason Public Library, 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA
Cost: $5
Host: Michael Wilcox

Holyoke, MA - Pizza & Game Night
4th Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: MCS (Multi Cultural Services), 260 Westfield Street, Holyoke, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Linda Wynne

Northampton, MA — Adult Support Group (ages 25+)
Meets twice per month in the Northampton area
Prospective members should contact Jan Doody at jan.doody@aane.org

Northampton, MA — Women's Support Group
Meets once per month in Northampton
Prospective members should contact Jan Doody at jan.doody@aane.org

So. Hadley, MA - LGBTQ and the Autism Spectrum Support Group
1st Wednesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley, MA
Cost: $5
Host: Meghan Carroll

Out-of-State Support Groups

Portland, ME — Support Group for Adults
First Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Please call in advance)
The Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave., Portland, ME, 04101
Contact: Robert Lagos (207) 846-3063, Wilma Wake (207) 985-8776, or Nathan Scoville (207) 604-0436

Keene, NH — Recreational Group for Adults with Asperger Profiles
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Subject to change due to holidays or vacations)
121 Railroad St., 2nd floor, Keene NH or in community
Contact Joanna Andros: joannaandrosmsw@gmail.com, 603-852-8168

Providence, RI — Pizza Night for Adults
Last Friday, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $3 per person (pay at door)
Bradley Hospital, Providence, RI
New members must contact Toby Liebowitz before attending their first group, tobyaane@gmail.com

East Providence, RI — Support Group for Adults with AS
Second Monday, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Please call to check)
Conference Room, Bradley Hospital, Providence, RI
Host: Arthur Mercurio, M.A. (401) 432-1189

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