AANE June 2022 Newsletter: Autism & Gender Identity

AANE June 2022 Newsletter:
Autism & Gender Identity

A Look at Gender Identity

Many autistic individuals realize they do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. This month, AANE community members talk about autism and gender identity through their personal and professional experiences.

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

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Website Survey

AANE is beginning to build a new website! We'd love to get your feedback on the current site to learn ways to improve the user experience.


AANE Calendar

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

Honoring Gender Identity

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Long before Brenda Dater became AANE's Executive Director, she worked with other staff members to support autistic gender diverse adults and their families. Her experience in this area also became personal. This month, Brenda shares her journey as the parent of an autistic transgender daughter.
Don't miss the next Executive Director Community Chat with Brenda on July 19!
Watch Brenda's Message
Check out these helpful AANE resources!
2022 AANE Annual Meeting
You're Invited to
AANE's Virtual Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, June 14, at 7 PM ET, catch a brief report from Executive Director Brenda Dater about the growth and change that has defined AANE this year. Then enjoy Dr. Meredith Maroney, PhD, in conversation with AANE’s own Nicki Gallop as they discuss the intersection of autism and gender identity. This is a free, virtual event open to all.
Learn More and Register
Autistic Adults
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Autistic Voices on Gender Identity

The process of realizing one's own authentic gender identity and expression is unique to each person. Three autistic community members share their personal journeys of gender identity self-discovery.


Coming Up...

Click here for the current listing of events, support groups, and social activities for adults, including Educación Financiera de PwC: Prevención del Fraude Financiero - un Taller para Adultos, the two-day webinar series Recent College Graduates and College Professionals Panels, and much more.

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

Discovering one's gender identity does not align with the gender assigned at birth can have a life-changing impact on the individual as well as their family. One mother reflects on what she has learned from her experiences with her transgender son.


Coming Up...

Learn more about upcoming events, workshops, and support groups for parents and families, including the webinar Special Needs Trusts - Planning Your Future, a series of workshops for teens on daily living skills, the workshops Asperger/Autism 101 and 102, and much more.

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

What's the best way to support individuals who are discovering their gender identities? One therapist shares from his professional and personal experience, and a psychologist draws on her research and practice.

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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Life can be difficult to navigate when you feel you can't show your true self to others. LifeMAP coaching can help autistic gender diverse clients manage societal pressures and express their authentic selves. Learn more.


Independent living support program for autistic and similar neurodivergent adults
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LifeNet can offer gender-affirming support and validation as people navigate their gender identity journey. Learn more about the support LifeNet CT, LifeNet MA, and LifeNet NY Metro can offer.

The Peter M. Friedman
Neurodiverse Couples Institute

Resources for couples
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After taking Training 101, therapists can continue with Certification 201, which includes in-depth discussions about working with partners navigating both neurodiversity and gender diversity in their relationships. Learn more.
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If you or someone you know is looking for support surrounding gender identity, there is help available. Visit The Trevor Project or call 1-866-488-7386. 
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