AANE February 2023 Newsletter: Independence & Interdependence

AANE February 2023 Newsletter:
Independence and Interdependence

There are many preconceived ideas about what it means to be independent, but there is little discussion about the way in which we are all interdependent. Through their own experiences, members of the autism community share their views on these concepts.

Looking for upcoming events? Buttons in sections below link to listings for each group in our community.

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AANE Calendar

See what's happening this month and beyond in the AANE Calendar.

The Interdependence Mindset

It is easy to become focused on a narrow idea of what adult living should look like. Executive Director Brenda Dater discusses the importance of interdependence and recognizing the need for support.
Watch Brenda's Message

Important Steps to Protect Your Health Insurance

Medicaid eligibility renewals will resume for all enrollees. Because health insurance is so confusing, you might not know if your plan is part of Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in your state. Read how to take steps to protect your eligibility.

Check out these helpful AANE resources!
AANE's 2023 Virtual Jody Acford Conference -- March 25 + 26, 2023
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AANE's landmark conference will include live and recorded presentations on public and private benefits, services, and supports available to adults on the spectrum nationwide and state specific programs for Massachusetts and New York residents. Conference topics include financial planning and guardianship alternatives, healthcare, housing, vocational supports, social security, and more!
Learn More + Register
Autistic Adults

Autistic Voices on Independence & Interdependence

One autistic adult reflects on the way she thinks about her own evolving independence and another shares how they discovered the beauty of interdependence.


Coming Up...

Click here for the current listing of events, support groups, and social activities for autistic adults, including the workshop, Asperger/Autism 101 for Adults, the twelve-part workshop, Healthy Friendships and Intimate Relationships for Adultsand much more.

Here are some helpful links for adults in our community:
Parents & Families of Autistic Individuals

A Journey Towards Independence and Interdependence

Parents sometimes wonder how to assist their autistic children in a way that supports them but also promotes growth. One mother shares what she has learned from her three adult, autistic children with different support needs.


Coming Up...

Learn more about upcoming events, workshops, and support groups for parents and families, including the  workshop, Asperger's/Autism 102 - What's Next?, the webinar, Should You Train Your Own Service Dog?, and much more.

Don't miss these services AANE provides for parents and families:
Professionals Working with the Autism Community

Fostering Interdependence: A Roadmap for Professionals

For those working with autistic clients, read about steps to promote constructive engagement on the topics of independence and interdependence.

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Financial Security for Clients with Special Needs

PLAN of MA & RI shares information about options to create financial security for individuals with disabilities.

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AANE's Intensive Autism Coach Training (IACT) (formerly known as AsperCoach) is now accepting applications for in-person training this summer at our Watertown, MA office. Life coaches, high school & college counselors, social workers, and similar human service professionals will learn to develop appropriate coaching goals and use innovative techniques to improve and extend their coaching practices. Space is limited; applications must be received by June 5.
Learn More + Apply Today!
Learn more about AANE programs, support, and training for professionals.
AANE Programs


Individualized life coaching program for autistic older teens & adults
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LifeMAP coaches can help autistic older teens and adults define and reach their individualized goals to help create the life they desire. Learn more about LifeMAP.


Team-based support to help autistic adults optimize independence
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LifeNet works with autistic adults to optimize their independence by nurturing their interdependence, helping to ensure a robust support team surrounds them through every stage of life. Learn more about LifeNet.

Neurodiverse Couples Institute

Resources for couples and couples therapists/coaches
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AANE’s self-paced, online course 101 for Couples helps both partners better understand themselves and each other. Use promo code COUPLES214 during February to get an $85 discount! Learn more.

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