January 2020 Newsletter

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January 2020: AANE Newsletter
Steps Forward
We are so glad to have you as a member of our community! At
AANE, we understand the challenges faced by
individuals with Asperger/autism profiles, their
families, and
professionals in this field. We have been dedicated to helping our community members take steps forward by providing support, guidance, and information for over 23 years. Whether you are a parent in need of advice, an adult on the spectrum wanting a community, or a professional seeking a deeper understanding, AANE is here for you.
Contact us.
Sensitivity to Criticism
For individuals on the spectrum, the sensitivities they feel may not just be sensory. Many experience hypersensitivity to criticism, which can have a profound effect on self-esteem. AANE’s Executive Director Dania Jekel discusses this issue and gives advice to parents to help their children and teens.
AANE’s Winter 2020 Jody Acford Conference
January 11

Don’t Miss AANE’s Winter 2020 Jody Acford Conference!

Teens, young adults & adults with Asperger’s or similar autism spectrum profiles & their parents/guardians, and professionals can take steps forward in understanding public & private supports for adults living in MA: housing, employment, and more…

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AANE Support Groups
A
Support Group Series
has the same participants meeting for a set number of sessions and requires advanced registration.
Ongoing/Drop-In Groups
do not require a multi-session commitment.
Support Group Series
The AANE Winter Support Group Series for individuals with Asperger/autism profiles, parents, and family members is starting soon. Register today!
Check the list of support groups for
Parents of Children & Teens
,
Parents of Adults
, and
Adults
for early notification sign-ups for other groups and future sessions.
Ongoing/Drop-in Support Groups
Click below for information on the different types of groups available in each location and category.
AANE Coaching

AANE’s IEP 4-Part Workshop Series: Begins February 24

Parents & Guardians! Demystify the Individualized Education Program (IEP) with AANE’s experienced Child & Teen Staff as they guide you through the process of creating a meaningful IEP. Attend in Watertown, MA or online!

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Save the Date!
AsperCoach Training: June 22-25, 2020
Calling all human services professionals and life coaches practicing outside of MA, NYC, and NH!
Could you, or someone you know, be making a difference for an adult or teen with Asperger/autism or similar profile? Coaching adults in our community is uniquely rewarding – just ask anyone of the more than 30 alumni of AANE’s AsperCoach Training. Start planning now to take steps forward in your own training!
Coming Up…
Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY: Enjoy a fun afternoon of bowling with other community members! RSVP required.
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Watertown, MA: Having a grandchild on the autism spectrum brings unique joys, challenges, and concerns. Connect with other grandparents on a similar journey.
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Watertown, MA: Autism Housing Pathways President Cathy Boyle provides an individualized housing consultation to address your unique needs.
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Watertown, MA: Learn to play the alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, trombone, or trumpet from Berklee School of Music instructors! Registration required.
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Watertown, MA: For the experienced D&D player, enjoy an eight-meeting campaign with fellow rangers and rogues.
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**First Time as an Online Session!**
Online: Whether your child/teen was recently diagnosed with an Asperger/autism profile or you need a better understanding, AANE can help.
 
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Watertown, MA: Revitalizing through self-care is essential for parents of children on the spectrum. In this workshop, learn strategies to maintain balance.

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Watertown, MA:
Fathers’ Group is a place where fathers can connect and share their experiences. Bruce Sabian will lead a discussion on friendships and social skills.
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Online: Learn from experts about the complexities that result when autism and trauma intersect and how treatment is affected.
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Watertown, MA: Adults who are novice players or new to D&D, this is for you! Don’t miss the chance to learn & have fun over an eight-meeting campaign.
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Cambridge, MA
:
Satisfy your chocolate cravings at this month’s Women’s Social Event, which will meet up at the annual Taste of Chocolate festival!Read More.

Boston, MA: Meet up at the Boston Public Library for a great discussion of “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult
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Nashua, NH: Join friends at the Nashua Public Library, featuring a discussion of
“Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon.Read More.

Watertown, MA: Moms (and grandmothers) of individuals on the spectrum of any age can come together for a relaxing evening of good company & conversation.

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Online: Learn the essential steps to maximize success in finding and maintaining employment from autistic author, advocate, and recruiter Samantha Craft.

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Watertown, MA: If you are in a relationship in which one or both of you have an Asperger/autism profile, come meet other neurodiverse couples over good food and fun.
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Registration is Now Open!
Attend in Person or Online

AANE’s 2020 Neurodiverse Couples Conference: February 22

This conference is for individuals in a neurodiverse relationship, and adults & professionals interested in learning more about neurodiverse relationships. Hear from best selling author David Finch and his wife Kristen as they share their experience.

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Looking for More?
AANE Adults
Check out AANE events for adults on the spectrum in the New England area.
AANE Calendar
Take a day-by-day look at all of the events AANE has to offer the entire community.
AANE – New York
Find out about programs and events of interest to the autism community in the New York area.
AANE Updates…
Annual Appeal
Still time to donate!
We need your help to reach our $250,000 Annual Appeal goal! If you haven’t given, it’s not too late to donate and help AANE stay strong. Make your gift today and safeguard innovative programs and services for thousands of individuals and families.
Meet the LifeNet Team
Info Session: Watertown, MA
January 24
LifeNet, AANE’s independent living support program for adults on the spectrum, is holding an Info Session. Come meet the LifeNet Team and learn how we support adults by providing case management and direct care/accompaniment in many aspects of everyday life.
Prospective LifeNet adults and/or their parent/family caregivers are welcomed to attend. Light dinner is included but space is limited, so please RSVP. We hope to see you then!
Save the Date for the AANE Uncommon Gala
Celebrate our uncommon community at the AANE Uncommon Gala on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA! Sponsorship opportunities available now.
Are you a therapist interested in working with neurodiverse couples?
Receive the training you need to work more effectively with neurodiverse couples with AANE’s comprehensive, specialized, online training.
Combined Federal Campaign
Federal Government Employees and Retirees!
Please support AANE through the Combined Federal Campaign! Use code: CFC #12115
AANE Artist Collaborative 2020 Calendar for Sale
Now you can order the 2020 AANE Artist Collaborative Calendar featuring work from its members directly!
Autism Research Studies
University researchers and professionals looking for study participants to further autism research often post descriptions on AANE’s website.
New studies include studying language learning in children with ASD, sibling reporting, and much more.
These optional studies may include individuals with autism and/or family members. Check back frequently as new studies are added regularly.
Check This Out…
We are pleased to share the report based on our survey of adults on the autism spectrum who do not have an intellectual disability. AANE initiated this survey to evaluate the impact of the Massachusetts Autism Omnibus Act of 2014, which enables adults on the autism spectrum, formerly ineligible, to apply for DDS programs and supports.
Two men share their experiences receiving an autism diagnosis later in life.
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One woman gives her powerful, first-person account of her journey discovering she was on the autism spectrum.
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