AANE September 2022 Newsletter: The Power of Passions

AANE September 2022 Newsletter:
The Power of Passions

Autism & Interests

Whether areas of interest bring relaxation and joy, create opportunities for connection, or become avenues for employment, their impact can be significant in autistic lives. This month, we share perspectives on the power interests & passions can have.

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Past & present federal civilian, postal, and military employees can make a pledge to AANE (CFC# 12115) through the Combined Federal Campaign. Please share with eligible family and friends!

AANE Calendar

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

Celebrating Autistic Interests

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Years ago, parents were told to limit the amount of time their autistic children engaged in their interests and passions, but fortunately this is changing. Executive Director Brenda Dater discusses this positive shift and shares a personal reflection on the deep desire many autistic individuals have to find others who share their interests.
Don't miss the next Executive Director Community Chat with Brenda on September 29!
Watch Brenda's Message
Check out these helpful AANE resources!
ANNE's Fall 2022 Virtual Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference: November 5, 2022
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Thank you to our platinum conference sponsors!
For too long, autistic perspectives were not valued in key fields that significantly impact life. This year's virtual conference event will include a series of presentations highlighting how integrating lived experience into professional practice can improve and advance the fields of medical & behavioral healthcare, education, and employment. This annual conference provides autistic adults, families, and professionals working in the autism community opportunities to come together and learn.
Learn More + Register
📣Sponsor AANE's Fall Conference! Read about sponsorship levels and benefits
Autistic Adults
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From Interest to Career

Sometimes a passion can grow from personal enjoyment to something more. Read the story of one autistic adult whose life-long interest in film led him to a job he loves.


Coming Up...

Click here for the current listing of events, support groups, and social activities for adults, including an online workshop sharing end of summer recipes, the webinar Detecting and Diagnosing Autism in Womenand much more.

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

Often the interests of autistic individuals can provide new adventures for their family too. Read how one mother and son reflect on his passion for game shows and the experiences they have had through the years as a result of his interest.


Coming Up...

Learn more about upcoming events, workshops, and support groups for parents and families, including the webinar Transition Planning for Autistic Youth, the workshop Autism and the IEP for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults, and much more.

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

Tapping into passions and interests can be a powerful tool in the classroom. Two educators share ways student interests can be the key to meaningful and sustained educational engagement.

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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AANE LifeMAP coaches help clients pursue and leverage their interests to achieve their goals. These passions can pave the way to exciting opportunities for employment, social relationships, and education. Learn more about LifeMAP.


Team-based support to help autistic adults optimize independence
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AANE's successful LifeNet program is now available for autistic adults in CT and NY to help them navigate day-to-day life with a broader support team. Register for our free online Info Session on September 28! Learn more about LifeNet.

The Peter M. Friedman
Neurodiverse Couples Institute

Resources for couples
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Training 101 and Certification 201 deepen therapists’ understanding of how neurodiverse partners can balance individual and shared needs so both partners feel supported. Learn more about these courses.
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