Resources for Adults

Many adults with Asperger profiles reach out to AANE to find some of the first people who understand them. The adult services team is committed to making sure that you have access to information that will help you to understand yourself, access supports, and connect with others with Asperger profiles. You may be at the beginning stages of considering that you may have an Asperger profile, you may have just turned 18 and want to know what the future holds, or you might be returning to AANE because new questions have come up. Wherever you are in the process, AANE is here to remind you that you are not alone and that there is information and support out there.

Essential Resources:
Information and Education

Overview: Asperger/Autism Spectrum Diagnosis in Adults
Resources for Women
Resources for LGBTQIA+ Individuals
First-Person Accounts
Conferences, Webinars, and Workshops

Select Services and Support

Support Groups 
Social Activities and Events
Employment Resources
LifeMAP Coaching
LifeNet Independent Living Support Program

For everything AANE has to offer adults, visit our main adult page.

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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

“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

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

Aging with Asperger/Autism – Webinar

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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... more

Undue Influence: Cults and Predators – Webinar

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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

The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know

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The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know Jul 21, 2014 by Nick Dubin and Isabelle Henault   A good resource for families and professionals interested in legal and criminal issues in regards to AS and... more

Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Is Occupational Therapy Right for You?

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Elaine Hill works at the Center for the Disabled in Albany, NY, in a day rehab program. She has over 13 years of experience in occupational therapy. Young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome may face challenges with social interaction, impaired motor skills, sensory processing issues, repetitive... more

The Self-Discovery of One Aspie Woman

11/09/2016
I had always thought of myself as a sensitive and independent introvert who had found her way after an anxious and lonely childhood. When I hit 40 years old, something shifted – so many of my peers had reached the traditional milestones of marriage, children, home buying, etc., none of which I... more

Finding Housing for Persons with Disabilities – Webinar

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Finding housing for people with disabilities does not have to be overwhelming! There are tools and resources for locating housing available to families in Massachusetts that are affordable and accessible. This webinar will provide an overview of the affordable housing programs for persons with... more

Artist Collaborative

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A look into some amazing works of... more

The AANE Community

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The AANE community share their... more

AANE Life Management Assistance Program

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A short description of the AANE LifeMAP... more

In Our Own Words

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Adults with Asperger profiles talk about their experiences and... more

Parallel Play Book Talk

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Tim Page, author of Parallel Play, discusses growing up with Asperger Syndrome and making his way in the... more