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Online “Closed” Twice Monthly Support Group for Parents of Neurodivergent Transgender Adults (23+), 8/4/21 – 11/10/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET
August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, $160
DESCRIPTION: This “closed” support group is designed for parents/family members of adults with Asperger/Autism profiles who identify as transgender or who are exploring or questioning their gender identity. It will meet for 8 sessions every other Wednesday.
Gender identity is distinct from sexual orientation or preference. Gender identity is one’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither–how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. Individuals with autism (which includes Aspergers) may be more likely to identify with a gender/s that is different than the sex assigned at birth. The intersection of these two identities is common, but not often talked about in the same space.
When an adult child questions their gender identity parents are often initially overwhelmed by questions and concerns, and more questions may surface as their child continues on their journey. This is not a therapeutic support group. The group offers a combination of facilitated peer support and information for parents who are starting or continuing on this journey with their adult child.
“Closed” support groups for parents have the same members (12) for a set number of sessions (8). These groups are ideal for parents who want to go beyond sharing their stories with newcomers each time at open support group meetings. Other adult family members, such as siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, or even close family friends can also join these groups. These closed support groups also let parents give voice to their concerns and frustrations and acknowledge both hard-won and unexpected victories. “Closed” support groups offer facilitated peer support for parents who are facing these and other challenges:
WHEN: 8/4, 8/18, 9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10
TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET
WHERE: Online via Zoom
FACILITATORS: Shari Coon
CAPACITY: 12 participants
COST: The list price is $160 per participant for all 8 sessions.
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REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required. After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event. Early registration is highly recommended as many programs fill quickly.
EVENT & GROUP INFORMATION: All AANE programming is currently online. The following terms are used for different audience specifications:
- “Open” events/groups may have different participants joining from session to session and “Closed” events/groups have the same participants for a set number of sessions.
CODES OF CONDUCT: Participants at AANE events are expected to act respectfully toward other participants and group facilitators. AANE reserves the right to deny admission to and/or ask individual participants to leave an event. For more information see FAQS.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT: The online platform for the event/program will be listed in the confirmation email from AANE. For assistance with Zoom, please visit the Zoom Help Center prior to the event to become familiar with the platform.
DISCLAIMER: The resources and information shared within AANE support groups are for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Our hope is that these resources will provide you with useful connections as you navigate your journey of discovery and connection. AANE makes no warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the information shared within the group.