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Marriage with Asperger’s Syndrome: 14 Practical Strategies

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By Eva Mendes, M.A., Psychotherapist & Couple's Counselor The excerpts below focus on interventions for relationships in which an individual with Asperger Syndrome (AS) is partnered with a spouse or partner who does not have AS (a neurotypical). The article in its entirety may be found at... more

Employment and Asperger Syndrome

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  Inadequate vocational services Graduating from high school and transitioning to the world of work is an extremely important and exciting milestone. However, for many young adults with autism obtaining and maintaining employment can present some unique challenges. Unfortunately, despite the... more

Asperger/Autism Spectrum Fact Sheet

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About Asperger/Autism Spectrum: It is neurological and affects the way information is processed in the brain. It is often an invisible difference. Many people appear very competent, but have difficulties in areas of communication and social interaction. It has a genetic and hereditary... more

Asperger and Autism Spectrum: Women and Girls

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Additional Resources for Women Common Experiences Women with Asperger profiles are less likely to be diagnosed and more likely to be misdiagnosed for a number of reasons. Additionally, many professionals have been trained to recognize typical Asperger/autism spectrum expression more easily in... more

Living with an Asperger Profile for Adults

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For more than two decades, AANE staff have learned about the talents and struggles of adults with Asperger profiles. Working closely and talking extensively with adults with Asperger’s, ranging in age from 18 to 83, along with their parents, relatives, and spouses, we have together explored... more

Asperger Syndrome in the Criminal Justice System

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Recent statistics suggest that as many as 1 in 99 people may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The criminal justice system (CJS) may have contact with individuals with ASDs as victims, witnesses, and/or offenders. All criminal justice professionals who have contact with individuals with ASDs will need to establish clear and consistent... more

Executive Functioning Explained

09/09/2021
Recent years have witnessed an intensified interest in the neuropsychological construct of “executive function.” In short, executive functioning is a multidimensional concept referring to higher-order brain functions necessary for individuals to execute, or perform, tasks. Examples of these... more

Self-Advocacy Discussion: Nick Gallop & Stephen Shore

08/05/2021
AANE's Nick Gallop and Stephen Shore, Ed.D. discuss how their own self-advocacy developed and the role it has played throughout their lives.  ***** Nick Gallop is the Adult Services Coordinator at AANE and a published author specialized in helping young adults. He has experience working with... more

Growing the Seeds of Self-Advocacy

08/05/2021
In middle school, I told my mom I didn't think I was very good at standing up for myself and wanted to work on that. I didn't realize, though, that the seeds of self-advocacy were being planted all around me.   Before I knew I was autistic, I knew I was dyslexic. For ten years, I went to a... more

A Journey Toward Self-Advocacy: Perspectives from an Adult Son & His Mom

08/05/2021
Joe, who is now 30 years old, started receiving special education services in preschool, was largely mainstreamed in K-12, and graduated high school in 2009. He attended a community college and obtained an Associates Degree in Engineering, and is currently working towards completing a BS in... more

Meet Juanita Webster-freeman

07/08/2021
From early challenges in school to competing in the heptathlon at the Olympic Trials, Juanita Webster-freeman shares her powerful story as an autistic... more

Nik & Martial Arts

07/08/2021
Nik Lund is 19, and has been involved with martial arts since he was young. He spoke to us about the significant role it has played in his life and gives advice to others who may not have found a connection to a sport yet. Nik also has a deep interest in different kinds of music, especially the... more

Reflections from the Adult Community: Adam

06/03/2021
Adam Markell discovered AANE 16 years ago, and we are thrilled that he has been a dedicated community member ever since. He is now a proud husband and parent, and enjoys an active lifestyle of hiking, swimming, traveling, and volunteering. As AANE celebrates its 25th year, we asked Adam to share... more

Reflections from the Adult Community: Caitlin

06/03/2021
Caitlin Medlar has been a part of the AANE community since childhood when she was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. As AANE celebrates its 25th year, we asked Caitlin, now 31, to discuss her experience growing up on the spectrum and what helped through different stages of her life. In this... more

The Asperger/Autism Network Interview – A New Understanding of Asperger’s and Autism

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Listen to Spirit Rosenberg from Great.com interview Associate Director, Brenda Dater as part of their 'Great.com Talks With...' podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world. ‘Meeting people where they are and helping them... more

Facing Frustration

05/04/2021
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español There are many words and phrases connected with autism that we hear a lot -- like anxiety, executive functioning, bullying, passions, social communication, and sensory sensitivities. But I think there is one word that underpins many areas, but is often... more

Emotional Regulation: Perspectives from Adults on the Spectrum

05/04/2021
Many individuals on the spectrum discover gaining a deep self-awareness has helped them find ways to manage their emotional regulation. As part of AANE’s May 2021 Newsletter, three adults on the spectrum share what they have come to understand about their own emotional regulation and the... more

Adult Sibling Relationships

03/04/2021
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español Recently I heard the story of an adult on the spectrum who joined her three siblings to care for an elderly mother in hospice. When the mother died, the siblings had to make decisions and manage her small estate. During this trying time, the interaction was... more

The Impact of the Pandemic Gives Some Adults a New Perspective on Employment

03/04/2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an overwhelming catastrophe on many fronts. In addition to the heartbreaking loss of life and the devastation to the economy, it has played havoc with the daily routines, social connections, and livelihoods of many adults with Asperger/Autism profiles in our... more

(Neuro)diverse Employment Approaches Serve Everyone

03/04/2021
If you’re an employer in 2021, you’re probably thinking a lot about diversity. You likely know why diversity matters in itself. You may also know that there’s a business case for it. Diversity, particularly diversity of thought, helps an organization solve problems in novel ways and... more

Online Support for Parents of Neurodivergent Transgender Adults

02/25/2021
In September 2020, the largest study to date to examine the connection between autism and gender identity found that people who do not identify with the gender they are assigned at birth are three to six times as likely to be autistic than cisgender people. (The term "cisgender" is used to describe... more

Variations on a Theme

02/02/2021
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways in which the COVID pandemic has created opposite responses for many on the autism spectrum. For some, loss of routine, changed social rules, and the fear of illness and death has been debilitating and has led to the... more

Three Worlds: Long Night’s Journey Into Day

02/02/2021
As AANE celebrates its 25th year, we are highlighting key moments and contributions. In 2017, AANE held the conference Aging with Aspergers, which explored the unique issues those on the spectrum face as they age. At this conference, community member Mark Goodman shared this moving story of growing... more

“Neurodiverty Experts Talk” Interview with Grace Myhill

01/29/2021
The following is a transcript of the radio interview with Grace Myhill, MSW on the show "Neurodiversity Experts Talk," conducted by Nathalie Tandiwe on WBAI 99.5 FM. To listen to a recording of the interview, click here. (Program begins around the 2:10 time mark.) Learn more about AANE's course... more

A Late Diagnosis, Questions Answered, and Self-Acceptance

01/06/2021
As an adult living with a late autism spectrum diagnosis, I have come to view my life up to now as embodying three phases: partially informed, enlightened, and paying it forward. I refer to the first stage of my life as "partially informed" because I was aware of my learning disability but not... more

A Different Kind of Grief

01/06/2021
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español I want to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I’m sure we all share a fervent wish this year will be easier than the last, and we can begin to heal from the difficulty, trauma, and loss we have experienced at the hands of this pandemic. As AANE... more

Climbing Out From Under the To-Do List

12/03/2020
Lee el mensaje de Dania en Español Many individuals on the spectrum are plagued with a recurring thought: “Why can't I get anything done?”  No matter the age, people with Asperger/autism profiles often feel overwhelmed when they think of the number of things they need to do,... more

Saliendo de la lista de tareas pendientes

12/03/2020
Muchas personas en el espectro tienen un pensamiento recurrente: “¿Por qué no puedo terminar nada?” Sin importar la edad, las personas con perfil de Asperger/autismo frecuentemente se sienten sobrecargadas cuando piensan en la cantidad de cosas que tienen que hacer, especialmente... more

The Return Home

11/03/2020
For a few years, way before this COVID pandemic struck, my husband and I were empty nesters. Both children had moved out of the house, and for the first time in 30 years, it was ours and ours alone. As much as I missed my daughters’ company, there was a comfort in finally having a fairly clean... more

In Our Own Words

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Asperger Syndrome, But Not Alone. A short video of adults with Asperger's Syndrome talking about life... more

Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders Symptom Evaluation and Medication Treatment

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Here for You

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change our lives in drastic ways, AANE's Executive Director Dania Jekel wants to remind the entire Asperger/autism community that you are not alone. Contact us to find out all of the ways AANE can help:... more

Self-Esteem and Our Expectations of Others

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Self-esteem continues to be an important topic for those on the autism spectrum. AANE community member Sam Farmer reflects on the way in which his expectations of others have shifted over the years and how this positive change has helped strengthen his self-esteem. To read more about Sam, including his new book, go to:... more

Acceptance, Expectations, and Self-Esteem

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Building self-esteem can be a challenging process for those on the autism spectrum. AANE community member Sam Farmer reflects on the elements that have helped him achieve stronger self-esteem and offers practical advice to those on a similar journey. Learn more about AANE at aane.org To receive information about Sam's writing, including the... more

Back to the Basics

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During this tumultuous time, when so much of our focus is understandably consumed by the current health and social crises, it is easy to forget some of the fundamental aspects of the Asperger/autism profile. Executive Director Dania Jekel reviews some of the key points to remember, which can help parents of any age child on the spectrum as... more

Anxiety Management Techniques

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“I think my parent is neurodiverse.”

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Many couples have no idea they are in a neurodiverse relationship, and sometimes the realization that one or both partners could be on the spectrum actually comes from their adult child. AANE's Executive Director Dania Jekel discusses how an adult child may process this discovery and reflect on the neurodiverse parenting they experienced.... more

Aspergers and Self-Esteem

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AANE's Executive Director, Dania Jekel, talks about the important issue of Aspergers and self-esteem, and presents anonymous comments from a recent... more

My Brother Tom

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A short film written and directed by Kaz Gamble of AA Films. Nominated for "Best Documentary Short" at the 2009 Woods Hole Film... more

The Impact of Uncertainty

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This month, AANE's Executive Director Dania Jekel responds to the heartbreaking time the nation is experiencing surrounding the horrendous murder of George Floyd and discusses strategies for the Asperger/autism community to cope with extraordinary uncertainty in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about AANE, visit... more

Dating and Relationships

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The arena of dating and finding someone special continues to be an issue for many people on the autism spectrum. Executive Director Dania Jekel discusses this topic and offers advice to those with Asperger/autism profiles who are considering whether or not a relationship is right for them. To learn more about AANE programs and services, visit:... more

Rejecting the Diagnosis

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While many parents work diligently to help their child understand the Asperger/autism profile and provide various kinds of interventions and supports, many teens and young adults enter a phase where they reject their diagnosis. Executive Director Dania Jekel helps parents understand this situation and suggests constructive ways to... more

It’s Never Too Late

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Many adults discover they relate to the Asperger/autism profile or receive a diagnosis later in life. This can bring much-need clarity to a person's life, but can also contribute to a sense of regret on many levels. AANE's Executive Director Dania Jekel discusses the impact of a later diagnosis on older adults as they process this new... more

June 2017 – Asperger Profiles and Exhaustion

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Dania Jekel, Executive Director of AANE, describes some reasons why individuals with Asperger profiles often experience exhaustion and the importance of recovery... more

Siblings of Asperger Adults Share Their Stories: A Panel Discussion

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Neurodiverse Relationships

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While any relationship can have its challenges, couples in a neurodiverse relationship (where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum) can face a unique set of issues. Dania Jekel, Executive Director of AANE, explores this difference and announces AANE's new training for therapists to better understand and serve these relationships.... more

Message to AANE community on services during time of coronavirus

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AANE Executive Director Dania Jekel assures the community of ongoing services during the coronavirus situation. For up to date information go to... more

Girl Talk: Thoughts on Being Female on the Autism Spectrum (with Liane Holliday Willey) HD

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Superstars and Autism

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Over the years, individuals with autism like David Byrne, Susan Boyle, and Greta Thunberg have become international celebrities. AANE's Executive Director Dania Jekel takes a look at the positive & negative impact this has, both inside & outside of the autism community, and points to the most constructive elements to draw from these... more

Finding Housing for Persons with Disabilities

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Therapeutic Treatments of Anxiety for Adults with Asperger Autism Profiles

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Aging with Asperger/Autism

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Sensitivity to Criticism: Advice for Parents

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For individuals on the spectrum, sensitivity may not just be sensory. Many experience hypersensitivity to criticism, which can have a profound effect on self-esteem and other aspects of life. AANE's Executive Director discusses this issue and gives important advice to parents. Learn more about AANE at... more

Repetitive Thoughts: Ways to Free Your Mind

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Dania Jekel, Executive Director of AANE, discusses the problem of obsessing over negative thoughts and presents ideas that may help release... more

Know Your Brand of Aspergers or Related Autism Spectrum Profile with Jamie Freed, MSW ,…

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This introductory presentation will provide a detailed overview of the traits associated with Asperger Syndrome or related Autism Spectrum profiles (PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, ASD, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Social Communication Disorder) in adults. Although people diagnosed with these conditions share some characteristics, each... more

LifeMAP: AANE Life Management Assistance Program

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For more information, call (617) 393-3824 or visit http://lifemap.aane.org AANE's Life Management Assistance Program (LifeMAP) provides practical assistance to individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and related conditions. LifeMAP provides intensive, highly individualized coaching by professionals with expertise in both AS and specific... more

Communication Challenges in Neurodiverse Partnerships

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Do you feel like your partner is "speaking a different language"? Does this communication impact important conversations you want to have with your partner? While communication is vital for all relationships, unique challenges can arise when there is neurodiversity between partners. Whether your goal is to maintain and strengthen your... more

Undue Influence: Cults and Predators with Steven Hassan

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Young Adults on the Spectrum and Isolation

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Many young adults on the autism spectrum become isolated after completing their education as they move into adulthood, which can be disconcerting to all involved. Dania Jekel, AANE's Executive Director, takes a look at the causes of isolation and strategies to help. Visit aane.org to learn more about AANE's programs and... more

First Person Account: Dating Challenges with an Asperger Profile

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As an individual with an Asperger profile, AANE community member Sam Farmer reflects on some of the communication challenges he faced while he was dating and how he how he learned to become more... more

Finding the Square Hole for the Square Peg: Autism and Employment HD

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Understanding Executive Functioning in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Girls and Autism: What’s the Difference with Sarah Hendrickx HD

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Viewing Marriage and Long Term Relationships Through an Asperger’s Lens

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Sarah Hendrickx

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 Sarah Hendrickx presents at the Asperger/Autism Network's conference, "Hiding in Plain Sight: Shining Light on Women with Asperger/Autism Profiles." March... more

Workers With Autism on the Front Lines

06/01/2020
Medical professionals, first response workers, those directly serving the public, and other essential workers during this COVID-19 pandemic face daily, exhausting challenges. This situation can be even more difficult for workers with Asperger/autism or other neurodiverse profiles. Communication... more

Special Education Advocacy During COVID-19

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Families are under unprecedented stress as they grapple with the impacts of school closures. Many are worried about what will happen with their child’s education when school resumes. For children with Asperger profiles who depend on the routine and structured environment at school, these times... more

Press Release: AANE Awarded Foundation for MetroWest Grant for Parent Support

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Watertown, MA - January 30, 2020 - The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) is thrilled to announce the receipt of a grant from the Foundation for MetroWest to fund two support groups and additional education for parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum who question or know they have a non-traditional gender identity.   With this grant,... more

AANE’s Online Training for Therapists Gives Hope to Neurodiverse Couples

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Grace Myhill l Autism Spectrum News l January 1, 2020 l winter 2020 issue     In 2018, AANE launched our NEUROLOGY MATTERS IN COUPLES THERAPY online training. Since then, 27 therapists have completed both TRAINING 101: Fundamentals of Working with Neurodiverse Couples in Therapy, and CERTIFICATION 201: Case Presentations and... more

Asperger’s Syndrome and the Criminal Law: The Special Case of Child Pornography

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Mahoney Mark J - Asperger's Syndrome and the Criminal Law 2009 Introduction For years parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) struggle and sacrifice in the simple hope that their child can lead a “normal” life – get an education, have a satisfying career, and raise a family. The child has such hopes, too. Finding the... more

Me and My ASD: Our Working Relationship

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By Becca Lory It has been three years since I got my official Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and quite a bit has changed in my life since, not the least of which is that I have adjusted my life to accommodate the specific challenges that my ASD presents for me. But getting here was no easy task. It took work, and a lot of it. I had to... more

Two Poems

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by Nomi Kaim   Instructions for Later Years Write a terrible poem. Go ahead. Do it. Write it in broken stanzas, or maybe none at all. Write it as though you had never lost your voice. Write it as if the truly pitiful, deeply inadequate words you have now are the only words you... more

2019 Jody Acford Benefits Conference: Benefits Materials

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These materials will be presented at Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life: Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems on February 23, 2019 and are gathered here for review. General Session: 24jan2019 Federal and State Benefits Landscape Overview (1) Morning Workshop 1A: JFCS Supported Housing Alan... more

Neurology Matters in Couples Therapy

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January 11, 2019 Working with neurodiverse couples is more complicated than neurotypical couples. In order to help the couple work as a unified team, the therapist first has to help the partners understand each other’s neurological differences. The therapist has to understand each partner’s... more

Aspie Dad, Spectrum Son

06/15/2018
What an experience this has been! Fatherhood in this day and age is no easy undertaking regardless and who is or isn’t on the Spectrum. Take it up a notch when both father and son have Spectrum profiles. Without question, I am in the thick of the greatest challenge of my life, though the word... more

Undue Influence: Cults and Predators

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In this webinar, Steven will teach you about the basics of undue influence, and why individuals on the autism spectrum are uniquely susceptible to it. He will explain the difference between healthy and unhealthy influence. Undue influence is not just an issue for religious cults; it is used by... more

Destroyer

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This is part of an 8-part series about growing up with Asperger's in a different era.   1944 - 1945 I was a lonely kid bereft of meaningful interactions with everyone including siblings and even parents to a large extent.  We had fled a big, grimy industrial city in the Midwest and moved... more

High School

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This is part of an 8-part series about growing up with Asperger's in a different era. 1948 - 1952 One Sequoia High was a large, two-story quadrangle constructed in 1927.  Each of its eight hallways, four on the ground floor, four on the second, had to be about eighty feet long.  Numerous... more

Lick Observatory

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This is part of an 8-part series about growing up with Asperger's in a different era.   Late Summer, 1946 Though the sun was half an hour from slipping behind the distant mountains to the west, it was still hot.  My mother, and I having just turned thirteen, were waiting at the bus depot... more

Lights Out

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This is part of an 8-part series about growing up with Asperger's in a different era.   1944, Grammar School Two burly maintenance men tramped into the classroom, glanced about and quickly got down to business. Number one proceeded to examine an electrical outlet on the wall.  He held... more

Magic Coil vs. School

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This is part of an 8-part series about growing up with Asperger's in a different era.   1943 - 1946 On the fifteenth of May, 1943, when I was not quite ten our family moved into a summer cottage in the then-rural hamlet of Woodside, situated about thirty five tortuous miles south of San... more

Over and Out

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This is part of an 8-part series about growing up with Asperger's in a different era.   Late 1940’s to mid 1950’s Mom told me the first word I uttered, at nearly four years of age, was “ra-yo”, for radio.  The console in the living room, bigger and taller than I, allured and... more

Bombs Away!

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This is part of an 8-part series about growing up with Asperger's in a different era.   1944 - 1945 Europe and Asia were in flames.  Russia and much of Europe were engaged in fighting for their lives against the juggernaut of Nazi Germany controlled by a madman backed by platoons of... more

Welcome to the World

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What’s it like, growing up different from everyone else?  Not different in the way we’re all different from one other, but different in a way that goes beyond.  Different from family members setting you apart, wracked by feelings of alienation in school, on the job, doubly so in the Military... more

Is This For Real?

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Is This For Real?  That is, did the events depicted in these eight narratives actually occur? Yes, bizarre as it may seem today. Imagine, if you will, a young boy forced to find his way in a strange new world, bewildered by every step he takes, steps without guidance, steps fraught with... more

Creating my Own Self-Esteem

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I am a 53 year old woman with mild Asperger’s. My self- esteem is a constant struggle since I have never found a group that I could belong to. Most of my family cut ties with me after my mother died almost twenty years ago. She was the only person who understood me and would advise me on how to act ' human'. Without her, I have been sort of lost... more

Ham Radio Saved My Life

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There is a popular predictor of future personal disaster that you may have heard of, it’s called the Adverse Childhood Experiences scale, and the idea is there are specific bad things that might happen in your childhood, such as seeing your mother try to commit suicide -- seriously bad stuff -- and if you’ve had – the more of these you’ve... more

Never Be Ashamed of Who You Are

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My name is Michelle Donnelly and I was diagnosed with Executive Functioning Disorder. Growing up with Executive Functioning Disorder was not easy especially since I was not willing to accept the fact I had it. I just wanted to be like everyone else without the struggles and accommodations. "Normal" was the term I used often, " I just want to be... more

Art and Asperger’s

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Living with Asperger's is not an easy feat. It never is. Imagine yourself in a room full of people. All of those people are laughing and mingling. Meanwhile, you aren’t. You’re sitting there in the corner all alone, watching everyone make nice with each other. Nobody doesn’t even acknowledge that you’re there. You just sit there, crushed... more

“What? I am Autistic?”

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I was sixty years old, married for thirty four years, and had two grown children; I was making my living as a Comedian on a Cruise ship AND I had no idea I was on the spectrum. After a show two Professional Therapists (A husband wife team) who worked for a school system as both a diagnostic team and a therapeutic team, came up to me after a... more

Path to an Independent Life

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My name is Joseph Berry. When I was three years old I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. When I was eleven, I realized that something was different about me. I had social challenges and needed extra support in school.  I was fortunate to be on a series of strong IEPs from age 3 to 20. My education largely centered on applied behavioral... more

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Inner Critic

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It is often thought of that depression is more of a seducer while anxiety is a guerrilla ambush, attacking you when you least expect it in times where you feel nothing could go wrong. And in the vanguard, stands your inner critic, looking like something out of Mad Max Fury Road. In addition to being a looming presence that just wants to rain on... more

My Diagnosis

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I have always known I was different from everyone else. I see things in black and white and there is no gray area for me. From ten to twenty-seven years of age I felt out of place as if I didn’t belong. I have always had a few close friends but it’s hard for me to make friends or be in social situations. I always felt awkward and didn’t know... more

Asperger’s People Parenting

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Hello,  I am G. Edward Hudson (formerly known as Gary E. Hudson).  I have been an AANE member for some time now. I found out I was an Aspie when I was 57 but the Massachusetts Commonwealth Care system back then did not support any doctors who would do a diagnosis.  I got one, however, in 2012. I am one of the founders of the AANE Artists... more

Untitled

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“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood …” Perhaps the event with the greatest impact on my self-esteem was in July of 2015 when a visit to the AANE offices confirmed my suspicion that I had Asperger’s. This the summer of my sixty-ninth year on the planet Earth. Heretofore I was not even sure I belong on planet Earth, or anywhere else for... more

StrangeFit

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April 27th, 2017, will be probably the biggest day of my life.  I hurt myself at work, I am a 52 year old male in construction, and it has led to a domino of effects. It completely hurt me physically but it changed the way my daily routine goes, if you have ASD that can and will rock your world. In the same light it has given me time to find some... more

Perfectly Flawed

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How many of us have ever felt buried? In work, emotions, thoughts, situations, stressors, hopes and dreams or sometimes defeat...? We live in a bustling society that easily buries us in bills, emails, expectations, insecurities, demands on our time and emotional responses. Those times I felt my most buried was when I'd run further into myself and... more

My Experience with Running, Racing and the Athletic Alliance Running Club

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In this presentation I am going to address the issue of how running, and being part of a specific community of committed, passionate runners has bolstered my self-esteem and enabled me to become a more socially centered person. The foundation for much of my self-esteem rests upon two pillars that draw from specific talents with which I have... more

Why Bother?

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I'm 65 years old.  I've spent most of my life feeling alone and different, and not understanding why. I had hoped my autism diagnosis two years ago would change everything for the better.  It didn't, at least not in the way I expected. No surprise that answers aren't always solutions. The good news is that I now understand my head-banging... more

The Me Between the Lines

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Why, in my mid-thirties, did it become essential for me to get the neuro-psych evaluation that determined I am on the autism spectrum?  Two lines. Let me explain.   My entire life I felt like a foreigner in a strange world.  My father joked he was from Jupiter and I believed maybe the same... more

I Believed I Could, So I Did

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I don’t understand why, as a society, we tell young children to believe in themselves more than we tell anyone else.  Don’t get me wrong, children need encouragement; I just don’t think they need as much as they’re getting compared to the rest of us, because it’s not until we get older that we stop believing in ourselves so much.  That... more

The Aspie In the Mirror

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My journey to self-discovery was so long. I had been working as a psychotherapist for thirty years. I had raised an autistic child to adulthood. I had read countless autism books and been to numerous autism conferences with my wife, Kristina. I was feeling pretty good about my accomplishments. And then we heard Sarah Hendrickx. As you may... more

The Light

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Adolescence blacked me out.  As a child, I burned with an inextinguishable light, but things changed, as things do.  I was homeless at fifteen and working full time by sixteen. I worked at my cousin’s tire shop and lived in an 8’ x 10’ shed next to the shop.  I went to school on Friday and made up for missing the work day by working on... more

Tips for Accused Students After a Campus Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Proceeding

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**The following is the fifth in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger’s or autism tips regarding the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at colleges and universities nationwide.** This article is primarily intended for a student who has been found responsible for campus sexual misconduct... more

Tips if You are Accused of Campus Sexual Misconduct

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**The following is the third in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger's or autism with tips for navigating the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at colleges and universities nationwide.** If you are accused of campus sexual misconduct, you will most likely be referred to as "the... more

2018 Benefits Conference: Benefits Materials

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These materials will be presented at Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life: Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems on January 20, 2018 and are gathered here for review. General Session: Kerry Mahoney: State and Federal Benefits Overview Workshop Session 1: Kathryn Collins-Wooley, Ph.D.: Autism Spectrum... more

Tips on What to Do if You Believe You Have Been a Victim of Campus…

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**This article  is the second in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger's or autism with tips regarding the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at our nation's colleges.**  The first article, Tips for Preventing A Violation of College Sexual Misconduct Policies, discussed best practices that... more

Tips for Preventing A Violation of College Sexual Misconduct Policies

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** The following is the first in a series of articles that are designed to provide students with a diagnosis of Asperger’s or autism with tips regarding the sexual misconduct policies and procedures at our nation’s colleges. ** If you are presently a student at a college or university, it is likely that you have heard discussions about... more

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