June 2019 Newsletter

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June 2019 Newsletter
A Vision for the Future
AANE has been committed to helping those in the Asperger/autism community realize their personal vision for over 23 years.
Adults,
family members, and
professionals have come to depend on AANE’s expertise for dependable information and practical guidance.
Now that AANE has officially
joined forces with AHA in the New York City and Long Island areas, the vision for AANE’s future is more dynamic than ever. This month, Executive Director Dania Jekel reflects on this and other ground-breaking programs AANE has added this fiscal year, like
LifeNet and
Neurology Matters, and shares her enthusiasm for what is to come.
Contact AANE and find your vision for the future.
AANE’s Summer Conference for Educators & Parents
August 7, 2019
Registration is Now Open!

K-12 Educators! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest technology available to help your students with Asperger/autism profiles reach their full potential. Parents are welcome to attend!

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Summer Highlights
Last chance to join the next group of LifeNet adults in MA!
LifeNet, AANE’s new independent living support program serving adults on the spectrum, has a limited number of openings remaining in its next cohort, slated to begin service in July 2019. The program currently serves those who live within an hour of Watertown, Massachusetts. If you or your adult family member is interested in enrolling or learning more, please visit the
LifeNet page and complete the brief form there.
And to our new community members in the
New York City and Long Island areas, find out more about this program coming to you soon!
Asperger/Autism 101: Support Group & Workshop
Whether the child/teen in your life was recently diagnosed with an Asperger/autism profile or you realize you need a better understanding of what the diagnosis means, AANE can help. Take advantage of the new, online support group starting this month and the next in-person workshop in July.
Elsa Abele Training Center Dedication
On July 13, AANE will dedicate its newly updated training space in honor of Elsa Abele. Elsa is a speech/language pathologist who has been instrumental in helping AANE fulfill its mission. Over the years, she has built understanding through her work with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, coupled with her thought leadership in the field of social pragmatics. The dedication program will feature testimonials from friends, students, and colleagues of Elsa’s, in addition to AANE leadership and those whose lives she has touched through her work.
AANE Coaching
Looking for a new job (or a better job) this summer?
Do you need an employment search strategy, better time management, networking ideas, or stronger interviewing skills? LifeMAP’s
WorkMAP program provides coaching to individuals with Asperger/autism or similar profiles to find and maintain employment. With combined expertise in Asperger/autism profiles and career development, WorkMAP coaches can make a big difference when it comes to employment.
Coming Up…
Webinar Parents/Adults–Parenting Without Power II: June 11

Hear presenters from both perspectives take an honest look at the parent/adult-child dynamic…

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Webinar for Parents/Teens–Getting Behind the Wheel: June 20

Learning to drive can be a big step. Find out what someone with an Asperger/autism profile should consider…

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Book Club for Adults on the Spectrum: June 25

Love to read? Connect with others from the AANE community for a book discussion group at the Boston Public Library …

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Workshop for Adults–The Dating Game: June 25

Has dating been a dead end? Join Carol Feldman-Bass, creator of Social Dynamix©, for this interactive workshop to explore the art of dating…

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Webinar for Parents–Strengthening Relationships: June 27

Learn better ways to communicate with your teen or young adult with an Asperger/autism profile…

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Social Event for Adults–Summer BBQ: July 13

Enjoy summer’s favorite foods on the grill and good company with friends from AANE…

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Looking for More?
AANE has many on-going programs for family members. Check out these upcoming events!
AANE Updates…
In Remembrance…
It is with great sadness that we mourn the recent death of community member and award winning artist Susan Maxfield. She and her husband Bill Maxfield were instrumental in building the foundation for the initial formation of the AANE Artist Collaborative. Along with their son Jamie, Sue and Bill spent many hours managing the preparation and setup of artists’ work when it was shown at outside venues and conferences. Our hearts and thoughts go out to her family.
Register for the 2019 Rodman Ride for Kids
Registration is now open for this year’s Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 21, 2019 in Foxboro, MA. Raise funds for AANE by taking part in the #1, single-day athletic fundraiser in the nation supporting at-risk youth!
“You bring hope to a very difficult situation” — AANE Parent
Making a gift today enables us to empower thousands of individuals and families who turn to AANE for support. Help us end our fiscal year strong!
Perspectives on College Life Video
If you missed AANE’s sold-out Perspectives on College Life panel, you can become a Contributing Member and access the video as part of your membership. (If you are already a Contributing Member or Donor, or attended the panel discussion, you will automatically receive an email with instructions on how to access the video within the next week.) Don’t miss this collection of insightful reflections on the college experience.
When one or both partners in a relationship are on the autism spectrum, couples counseling has to be different to be effective. The Peter M. Friedman Neurodiverse Couples Institute offers online training to teach therapists how to recognize, understand, and treat neurodiverse couples in therapy.
Check This Out…
Many families have a vision of a relaxing, peaceful summer, but for some this can be hard to achieve. Check out these simple tips from AANE’s Associate Director Brenda Dater that can help families with children and teens on the spectrum reduce stress during summer break.
“‘
You don’t seem autistic’ is something that I hear a lot...
Read a story we discovered of a young man sharing his experience of living on the autism spectrum.
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Choosing a Summer Camp
Read an AANE article highlighting the important things to think about when selecting and working with a summer camp for a child on the spectrum.
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