Nov 2019 Newsletter




November 2019: AANE Newsletter
AANE strives to help those in our community build greater understanding: for individuals on the spectrum, to form a greater understanding of themselves, and for families and professionals, to understand, value, and support neurodiversity. Don’t miss AANE’s fall conference on November 16 when all members of the Asperger/autism community can come together to learn, connect, and develop a greater understanding–not only from presenters, but from each other.
Rejecting the Diagnosis
While many parents work diligently to help their child understand his or her profile and provide various kinds of interventions and supports, many teens and young adults enter a phase where they reject their Asperger/autism diagnosis. This month, Executive Director Dania Jekel helps parents understand this situation and suggests constructive ways to respond.
Last Chance: Don’t Miss AANE’s Fall Conference!

2019 Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference: November 16

AANE’s fall conference for adults on the spectrum, parents, and professionals is almost here! Learn how Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, and now PHYSICIANS can earn continuing education credits…

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Find out about conference sponsorship opportunities here.
ROCK ‘N’ BOWL for Autism
November 24
Pat Schissel, AANE – NY Director, invites you to ROCK ‘N’ BOWL for Autism (RNB). RNB is an annual, family-friendly, fun-filled fundraising event held by AHA since 2010. Now that AANE and AHA have joined forces, we are delighted this tradition continues. RNB 2019 will take place on Sunday, November 24 at Farmingdale Lanes, 999 Conklin Street, Farmingdale, NY from 2-5 PM. Sponsorship opportunities available.
Fall Support Group Series
Space remains in select AANE fall support group series for individuals with Asperger/autism profiles, parents, and family members. Register today!
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 Groups Series for Parents
Support Groups Series for Adults
Limited spots may be open in other support groups or early notification sign-up if groups are closed. Check the list for Parents of Children & Teens, Parents of Adults, and Adults for availability.
Ongoing/Drop-in Support Groups – Click below for information on the different types of groups available in each location and category.
*NEW* Hawthorne (Westchester), NY: Support Group for Families of Adults. Sunday, once a month, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Special guest speakers on November 17 and December 15.
AANE Coaching
Practice Makes Perfect!
LifeMAP Interview Day: Watertown, MA
December 3
The interview is a crucial part of the hiring process. LifeMAP’s Interview Day makes it easy to practice with an industry professional, receive immediate feedback, and gain confidence. Just one hour can help you get the job you want. Reserve your spot today! Click to email LifeMAP to inquire.
AANE Parent Coaching in Chelsea, MA:
November 19 & 22
For parents of children & teens with Asperger/autism profiles, parent coaching is a one-on-one, professional consultation service, which empowers parents and teaches them skills to address their child’s needs at home, in school, and in the community. Take advantage of parent coaching in Chelsea, MA or schedule an appointment in the Watertown, MA office. For parents of adults on the spectrum interested in parent coaching, click here.
Please note that these sessions can take place in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.
Coming Up…
Boston, MA: Get into the holiday spirit with the next AANE Women’s Social Event attending the Boston Christmas festival! Read More.
Online (Skype): Considering college? Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown offers individualized consultations to help with school selection, the application process, and more. Read More.
Watertown, MA: Autism Housing Pathways President Cathy Boyle provides an individualized housing consultation to address your unique needs. Read More.
Watertown, MA: Whether your child/teen was recently diagnosed with an Asperger/autism profile or you need a better understanding, AANE can help. Read More.
Watertown, MA: Have the complex world of credit and debit cards demystified by PwC volunteers in this money management workshop. Read More.
Online: Learn the “right time” to request a neuropsychological evaluation and how the results may be utilized. Read More.
Online: What looks like a refusal to do the work may actually be difficulty with the writing process. Help ALL kids become happy, successful writers. Read More.
Watertown, MA: Join AANE in celebrating community member Sam Farmer in the publishing of his book “A Long Walk Down a Winding Road: Small Steps, Challenges, and Triumphs Through an Autistic Lens.” Read More.
Boston, MA: Join AANE and the Boston Public Library for a discussion of the “The Art Forger” by Barbara Shapiro. Read More.
Watertown and Online: View a special screening (in-person or online) of the documentary, “Autism Goes to College” followed by a talk back with Dr. Eric Endlich and the Executive Producer. Read More.
Boston, MA: AANE will be joining “Symphony for Our City” at Symphony Hall for a holiday concert with the Boston Pops! Read More.
Boston, MA: Explore treasured works of art with friends from AANE on a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Read More.
Nashua, NH: Meet up at the Nashua Public Library for a great discussion of “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. Read More.
Looking for More?
AANE has many ongoing programs for family members. Check out these upcoming events!
AANE – New York
Find out about programs and events of interest to the autism community in the New York area.
AANE Updates…
The AANE Artist Collaborative
For well over a decade, the AANE Artist Collaborative has provided a forum for artists with Asperger/autism profiles to connect and support one another. This group meets together regularly to create, show, and sell art at various venues. Don’t miss these upcoming opportunities to learn more about the group and their work and purchase wonderful works of art!
Holiday Boutique
December 2 – January 7
Where: AANE Offices, Watertown, MA
When: Monday-Friday; 9 AM – 5 PM
Original art, jewelry, and more great gifts!
*December 16, 6:30-8:30 PM–Evening Shopping Hours & Reception*
Open Studio
December 7
Where: AANE Offices, Watertown, MA
When: 12 PM – 5 PM
Watch the artists at work and enjoy entertainment and refreshments.
Combined Federal Campaign
Federal Government Employees and Retirees!
Please support AANE through the Combined Federal Campaign! Use code: CFC #12115
The Couples Therapist Couch Podcast
Listen to Grace Myhill discuss why it is important for couples therapists to understand the unique needs of neurodiverse couples. Couples therapists: learn more about online training that can help you to work more effectively with neurodiverse couples!
Autism Research Studies
University researchers and professionals are looking for study participants to further autism research, and they post descriptions on AANE’s website. New studies include the areas of romantic relationships, social functioning in tweens & teens, performance/theater based interventions, and much more. These optional studies may include individuals with autism and/or family members. Check back frequently as new studies are added regularly.
Did you know…
As a result of joining forces with AHA, AANE has a Professional Advisory Board made up of world-class experts in the Asperger/autism field. These advisors offer expertise to enrich our resources and programming and provide consultation on a range of clinical and organizational issues. In future newsletters, we will profile members of the advisory board and their work.
Professional Advisors
Diane Adreon, EdD
May-Lynn Andresen, DNP
Tony Attwood, PhD
Katherine Cody, PsyD
Elizabeth Cohn, PhD, RN
Michelle Dunn, PhD
Dena Gassner, MSW, PhD candidate
Valerie Gaus, PhD
Lynda Geller, PhD
Peter Gerhardt, EdD
Temple Grandin, PhD
Faith Kappenberg, PhD, RN
Ami Klin, PhD
Matthew Lerner, PhD
Brenda Smith Myles, PhD
Stephen Shore, EdD
Liane Holliday Willey, EdD
Check This Out…
Listen to an insightful podcast from 2017 with Becca Lory Hector and Dr. Katherine Cody as they share strategies for individuals on the spectrum to help manage the holiday season. Don’t miss Becca’s keynote address at AANE’s 2019 Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference!
Before the fall conference, read Becca Lory Hector’s reflections on her ongoing relationship with her diagnosis. Read →
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