The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), one of the first Asperger Syndrome organizations in the United States, was founded in 1996 by a small group of concerned parents and professionals, shortly after the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS) first appeared in the U.S. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (edition IV). AANE builds a supportive community by providing education, information and referrals to individuals with AS, their extended families, and the professionals who assist them.
Originally named the Asperger's Association of New England (AANE), on October 1, 2014, AANE changed its name to the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) keeping the same acronym, while evolving to meet changes in the diagnostic environment and to acknowledge its expansive reach beyond New England. The new name will ensure that people who need AANE's services and support will be able to find the organization - regardless of where they live or what diagnosis they receive under the new DSM-5 guidelines.
Our diverse AANE Governance includes adults with AS, family members and professionals whom oversee the fiduciary, strategic planning, development, and governance of AANE. We also have an Executive Advisory Board which advises the Executive Director on clinical and programmatic issues.
The staff of AANE are professional social-workers and educators with an expertise in Asperger Syndrome and related profiles. They also have strong personal ties to Asperger Syndrome. Many of our staff have children, siblings, or other relatives or friends with AS, and the work done at AANE affects them on a very personal level. We also employ several adults with AS.
While our primary mission is to assist individuals affected by AS, AANE is an inclusive organization that also serves people who have other neurological differences or who feel our services would be helpful. Individuals do not need to have a professional diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome in order to benefit from AANE’s services.
In addition to the services we provide from our home base, AANE works in close partnership with other Asperger's and Autism organizations throughout New England, as well as disability organizations that offer services relevant to the autism population.
We are working towards continued growth of our organization, particularly with the use of new technologies, allowing us to extend services to those living beyond the reach of our main office. For details, see our annual report.
AANE is open during regular business hours (9am-5pm) and after hours by arrangement. We welcome you to make an appointment to visit our location at any time. Our office is located in Watertown square and is accessible by car or public transportation.
As an independent nonprofit, we rely primarily upon the membership dues and donations from the community we serve. We receive support from a number of foundations and corporations. We also depend on the efforts of volunteers from our community who help us on a variety of administrative, technical, and fundraising projects.
AANE is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our Employer Identification Number is 04-3376227. We also have Massachusetts and Vermont state tax exemption.