AANE January 2022 Newsletter: A Journey of Self-Discovery

AANE January 2022 Newsletter:
A Journey of Self-Discovery

The Shift in Understanding

When a person of any age discovers they are autistic -- whether on their own or through a formal diagnosis -- the experience can be profound. This month, we share reflections from the AANE community on journeys of self-discovery. Looking for upcoming events? Buttons in sections below link to listings for each group in our community.

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There's Still Time to Give!

Help us provide the powerful experience of understanding, connection, and community to others. Support AANE's Annual Appeal. Donate today!

AANE Calendar

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

Reflecting on AANE's Past and Future

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A new year gives us a chance to think back on what we have accomplished and create plans to move forward. Executive Director Brenda Dater shares her reflections on AANE's past year and her vision for 2022 and beyond. Don't miss the next Executive Director Community Chat with Brenda on January 25!
Watch Brenda's Message
Read Brenda's Message (English) / Lee el mensaje de Brenda en Español 
Check out these helpful AANE resources!
AANE's 2022 Virtual Jody Acford Conference -- March 2022
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Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors
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Registration is now open for AANE's renowned Jody Acford Conference, which includes comprehensive content on the public and private benefits, services, and supports available to adults on the autism spectrum. This essential conference will provide Massachusetts and New York editions and be livestreamed and recorded.
Information + Registration
Adults with Asperger/Autism Profiles
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Three First-Person Stories of Self-Discovery

Every journey of self-understanding is unique, and many individuals do not realize they are autistic until adulthood. Read the stories of three different individuals who each discovered their autism in different phases of their adult lives and how this realization impacted them as they consider their past and also as they look toward the future.

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Coming Up...

Click here for the current listing of events, support groups, and social activities for adults, including a webinar on How to Find Public Benefits for Adults with Asperger's/Autism in Any State and Being Your Authentic Self - What language do you use to identify yourself and why? and much more.

Here are some helpful links for adults in our community:
Parents & Families of Individuals on the Spectrum
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Supporting Autistic Kids in Self-Discovery

Parents and families may wonder how telling their autistic child about their diagnosis will impact them. Noah, an autistic adult and our Executive Director's son, shares how learning about his autism at a young age was a critical step in understanding and accepting himself.


Coming Up...

Learn more about upcoming events, workshops, and support groups for parents and families, including new support groups for parents and teens starting this month, the workshops Asperger/Autism 101 and Asperger/Autism 102 and much more.

Don't miss these services AANE provides for parents and families:
Professionals Working with the Asperger/Autism Community
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Diagnosing Autism in Adults: Why is it so hard?

Receiving a formal autism diagnosis as an adult can be a difficult journey. Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. explains several factors that make it challenging for clinicians to accurately diagnose adults.

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Save the Date! July 18-21

AANE is pleased to announce the return of in-person AsperCoach 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. Apply beginning January 21!

Learn more about AANE programs, support, and training for professionals.
AANE Programs


Individualized life coaching program for older teens & adults with Asperger/autism profiles.
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LifeMAP coaches can help older teens and adults deepen their self-understanding to create meaningful life goals and individualized, strength-based plans to achieve them. Learn more.


Independent living support program for adults with Asperger/autism profiles.
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While the 2022 rollout timeline of LifeNet in the NY metro area will depend on pandemic developments, we are now conducting eligibility screenings with interested NY metro adults. Learn how to start the application process here. Learn how to start the process here.

The Peter M. Friedman
Neurodiverse Couples Institute

Resources for couples
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Therapists may discover their typical techniques are ineffective with some clients or couples, but haven't considered that neurodiversity may be the reason. Training 101 and Certification 201 for therapists can help. Learn more.
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