June 2020: AANE Newsletter

June 2020: AANE Newsletter
Staying Connected
With the recent events surrounding the horrific murder of George Floyd and the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation is in the midst of a deeply painful time. This month,
AANE‘s Executive Director Dania Jekel responds to this traumatic period and discusses strategies for the Asperger/autism community to cope with the extraordinary uncertainty the pandemic is causing.
Like other organizations,
AANE has had to forge new ways to stay connected with and serve the Asperger/autism community in recent months. From moving services online to creating new opportunities
adults on the spectrum
family members
, and
to get support, AANE has worked hard to uphold its promise to help those with Asperger/autism profiles “build meaningful, connected lives.”
Hear AANE’s year in review and guest speaker Lynne Mitchell at our
annual meeting online on June 9,
which now has expanded registration capacity. Advanced registration is required to receive the link.
Remember, AANE is a call or click away.
Contact us.
AANE Help During COVID-19
Programming & Groups
As many physical distancing restrictions continue, AANE’s virtual programming will also continue at least through the summer months. Check the
events calendar
for the most up-to-date information for support groups, events, and activities. If you have any questions, email
events@aane.org. Click the categories below in bold to register.
Join our FREE Community Connection Sessions!
Connect with others in the community and AANE staff.
Also, AANE has FREE Google Group Forums moderated by AANE Staff:
AANE also has resources and support for
Neurodiverse Couples.
Support Groups
Closed Groups
: A closed group (formerly know as a “support group series”)
has the same participants meeting for a set number of sessions, and requires advanced registration. All current closed groups will be held online. Click on the titles of the group to register.
Open Groups
Most in-person, open groups (formerly known as “drop-in/on-going support groups”) have been converted to online groups. Many are welcoming new members from any location, while some are continuing with the geographic designation to share local information and resources. Click below to find out more information about open support groups for our community.

AANE’s independent living support program,
offers a variety of social activities to its clients. For a limited time, AANE is making some of the online LifeNet social activities available to a
limited number
of non-LifeNet clients. Registration is required.
We are Here for You!

Have questions or need to talk? Use the

Contact Us form
, make an appointment for parent coaching for
parents of children & teens
parents of adults

or schedule a free information and referral call with a member of the Adult Services or Child & Teen staff.

AANE Conferences & Workshops
Now online! Whether your child/teen was recently diagnosed with an Asperger/autism profile or you need a better understanding of what the diagnosis means, AANE can help.
Read More & Register.
AANE’s Summer 2020 Virtual Conference for Educators and Parents
August 15 + 16
Registration is Open!
Students with autism are at greater risk than their typically developing peers for developing anxiety and anxiety disorders. In this conference, participants will learn of preventative tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, executive functioning, and self-monitoring. Social Workers, Psychologists, and Mental Health Counselors who are licensed in Massachusetts can receive continuing education credits.
AANE Program Highlights
Real Stories of LifeNet Adults

In a brand new blog series published on the AANE website,

seven LifeNet adults have allowed us to

share their stories. These 1-minute reads show different ways adults are working with LifeNet’s caring and dedicated team to lean in and live up to their potential. We hope you enjoy!

Workers with Autism on the Front Lines
The COVID-19 pandemic has created difficulties in daily life, which can be especially stressful for adults with Asperger/autism profiles. But many adults on the spectrum who are essential workers have shown remarkable resilience. AANE’s
LifeMAP Program
shares the stories of some of these fantastic, front-line workers.
Neurodiverse Couples
101 For Couples
Couples! Recognize and understand your relationship through the lens of neurodiversity. Registration gives both partners unlimited access to this self paced, 3-hour online course for a 90-day period, including downloadable PDFs to keep.
Neurology Matters in
Couples Therapy
Couples therapists can receive AANE’s comprehensive, online training to work more effectively with neurodiverse couples. The 8-session Certification 202 will be offered in June and again in September.
Coming Up…
Online: If you’ve missed Pizza & Game Nights, or lived too far away to participate before, now is your chance (minus the pizza!) Register to meet up online and play games like Quiplash, Fibbage, and Remote Insensitivity.
Read More.
Online: Join other post-high school adults with Asperger/autism profiles in a discussion of
“Go Ask Alice” by Beatrice Sparks.
Participation is free, but registration is required to receive the link
Read More.
Online: Barbarians & Bards! Adults with an Asperger/autism profile who know the ins & outs of D&D can join an 8-night, online campaign worthy of epic tales. Limited spots are available and registration closes on June 8!
Read More.
: Adults with Asperger/autism profiles can enjoy watching a movie together even while staying physically apart! Learn how to join the party & register.
Read More.

Online: This group now meets online and embraces grandparents with grandchildren on the autism spectrum of any age – children, teens, or adults.

Read More.

Online: Curious about AANE LifeMAP Coaching? Learn how it can help older teens and adults with Asperger/autism profiles improve quality of life, increase independence, and progress toward reaching personal goals.

Read More.

Online: Adults with Asperger/autism profiles can take this
two hour class by PwC volunteers to learn how to create a budget and explore strategies to follow it
Read More.
Online: Parents can learn the key t
ransition services to help prepare students on IEPs for further education, employment, and independent living after high school.
Reduced price thanks to a grant from the John W. Alden Trust.
Read More.
: Love to read? Join other adults on the spectrum online to discuss books! For this meeting, participants will choose their own book to read and share their thoughts about it with the group
Read More.
Online: Share experiences and build parenting skills at the Fathers’ Group. Bruce Sabian will facilitate a discussion on managing summertime under physical distancing restrictions.
Read More.
Come to this session and learn about the importance of a positive, trusting, coaching relationship and how our LifeMAP coaches develop it.
Read More.
Looking for More?
AANE Calendar
Take a day-by-day look at all of the events AANE has to offer the entire community.
AANE – New York
Check out New York resources and New York-based support groups now online and open to those outside of the area.
AANE Updates…
Join Us (Virtually) at the 2020 Rodman Ride for Kids
The 2020 Rodman Ride for Kids will be a completely virtual event. We are confident that Team AANE will make a concerted effort to raise funds in support of our vital services and increase awareness of our work and mission — all while adhering to social distancing and public health advisories. Register today to participate!
Poems for the AANE Community
​Make a donation of $25 or more to AANE in the month of June and you will be given the option to receive or gift an original poem customized especially for you by a talented writer in our community. Poems make great presents for graduations, birthdays, teacher appreciation, Father’s Day, or perhaps even a belated Mother’s Day gift!
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 examining pronoun use in children with autism, the effect of COVID-19 on eating behaviors in children with autism, 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…
AANE Receives Cummings Foundation Grant!
The Asperger/Autism Network thanks the Cummings Foundation for the generous grant to assist AANE’s work supporting parents who have children with Asperger/autism profiles!
Read More.
Several adults on the spectrum share how the COVID-19 pandemic is effecting them.
Read through Facebook post→
AANE Recordings Available!
Did you know that AANE has over 125 webinars and other recorded content available to rent? Checkout the wide variety of topics AANE has to offer!
Learn More→