Growing up, Carl excelled in academics, but when it came to social interactions with his peers, it was a different story. "I didn't go out trying to make friends," Carl says. "I just didn't get people."
Carl was in college when he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Looking for information and support, Carl and his family found AANE. "Individuals with Asperger's don't always seek each other out," Carl explained, "but AANE showed me that there are other people like me that have these very intense interests."
For the first time, Carl felt a sense of community. Carl graduated from college and now holds a full time job at an insurance company. He continues to participate in activities at AANE.
Mackenzie and her twin sister Megan are six years old. Early on, their parents recognized that Mackenzie's needs and behaviors were different from Megan's. Last year, Mackenzie was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Her parents began looking for information and support. Fortunately, they found AANE.
Immediately, they felt warmly welcomed into the AANE community. "It was nice to know that there are other parents out there, going through the same thing we were going through," says Mackenzie's mother.
AANE Child and Teen Services offers families like Mackenzie's a lifeline through our information line, face-to-face or telephone consultations, our Parent Topic Nights and workshops, our extensive website, the AANE Journal, and our online support groups.