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AANE Spring Conference: Intimacy, Dating, and Sexuality

March 30 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, $50.00






AANE, in partnership with Aspire and NESCA, is pleased to announce the Spring Conference: Intimacy, Dating, and Sexuality.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Belmont Savings Bank, we are pleased to offer conference tickets at the 50% discounted price of $50. Click on the ‘Tickets’ button above to choose to register for in-person attendance or live streaming option.

Friendships, dating, and relationships can be challenging for many people. When an Asperger/autism or related profile is added to the equation, these areas can become more difficult. Adults on the spectrum may have difficulty fulfilling the social, executive functioning, sensory, and perspective taking tasks often needed to establish and maintain friendships and relationships. Significant anxiety often inhibits or prevents those with autism from even attempting to enter into relationships despite a desire to do so. This conference will explore the issues of intimacy, sex, and dating and offer strategies for establishing and maintaining relationships for those with autism spectrum profiles.

Conference Schedule:

8:30 AM–9:00 AM: Check-in and Registration
9:00 AM–9:15 AM: Welcome
9:15 AM–10:45 AM: Relationships, dating and healthy sexuality – Dr. Isabelle Hénault, M.A. Sexology, Ph.D. in Psychology
10:45 AM–11:00 AM: Break
11:00 AM–12:00 PM: First-Person Panel and Facilitated Discussion
12:00 PM– 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM– 1:45 PM: The Tree of Love: Life Lessons in Relationship – Karen Lean
1:45 PM– 2:00 PM: Break
2:00 PM– 3:00 PM: First-Person Panel and Facilitated Discussion (Part 2)
3:00 PM– 3:30 PM: Closing Remarks

Dr Isabelle Hénault, M.A. Sexology, Ph.D. Psychology, is a psychologist from the University of Québec at Montréal, Canada. Her practice and studies have focused on providing diagnosis, education and support to children, adolescents, adults and couples living with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Dr. Hénault has developed a relationship and sex education program. She works with individuals and groups to increase their understanding of sexuality, and conducts relationship counselling. She is presently collaborating on numerous international research initiatives involving socio-sexual education and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Hénault is the author of Asperger’s Syndrome and Sexuality: From Adolescence through Adulthood, published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London (2005).
Karen first came to AANE in 2008 and was diagnosed with Aspergers in 2009 at the age of 32. She has been involved in the Artist Collaborative, the Speakers Bureau, and has volunteered for various committees. She is currently Vice-Chair for the AANE Board of Directors. She is originally from Toronto, Canada. She enjoys knitting, cats, and she lives in Roslindale with her husband Franklin. Instagram: @lovekoan

Parking is available in a nearby garage. The cost is $3 on Saturdays. Parking is located at Woodland T Station, 1940 Washington Street, Newton, MA, 02466.



March 30
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Stephanie Birkdale, AANE
617-393-3824 x32


Boston / Greater Boston, MetroWest
Regional Area
Boston / Greater Boston, MetroWest


Newton-Wellesley Hospital Bowles Conference Center
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA United States
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