October 2019 newsletter

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October 2019: AANE Newsletter
Finding Your Own Path
Every person has a unique journey through life.
AANE provides individuals in the autism community the information and support they need to find their own path. With many programs and services available, including the fall conference and support groups for adults, parents of adults, and parents of children and teens, AANE can offer resources, practical guidance, and connection.
AANE in the News!
AANE has had the privilege of contributing to several recent news articles in response to climate activist Greta Thunberg and her recent speech at the United Nations, including stories for NBC News, The Hollywood Reporter, People, and USA Today. As with other prominent figures on the autism spectrum who have shared the information publicly, Greta’s openness about her Asperger diagnosis has had a deep impact on individuals in the autism community and society in general. This month, Executive Director Dania Jekel takes a look at the possible positive and negative effects that occur when highly visible people share they are on the autism spectrum.
Read Dania’s Message
Fall Conference Registration

2019 Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference: November 16

Featuring keynote speaker Becca Lory Hector and break-out sessions on timely topics, AANE’s annual fall conference offers adults on the spectrum, parents, and professionals opportunities to learn and connect…

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Find out about conference sponsorship opportunities
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Success: Creating a Life You Don’t Need a Vacation FromGet to know Becca Lory Hector, keynote speaker for the
2019 Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference, as she shares her personal story of the way her diagnosis caused a profound shift in her thinking about the path that was right for her.
Fall Support Group Series Update!
*DATE CHANGES*
Registration is almost over for AANE’s fall support group series for individuals with Asperger/autism profiles, parents, and family members:
  • 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.
Led by experienced AANE staff and facilitators, find the in-person or online option that is right for you.
*Please note: some start dates have changed. Please check the links below for up-to-date information on each group.*
Support Group Series: In-Person & Online
Groups for Parents of:
  • Young Children
  • Tween Boys
  • Tween Girls
  • High School Girls (in-person only)
  • High School Boys & Girls (online only)
  • Transition Age Youth (in-person only)
  • *NEW* Teen Sibling (online only)
In-Person Groups in:
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
Online Groups for Parents of Adults ages:
  • 19-26
In-Person Groups for:
  • Young Men
Online Groups for:
  • Over 50
  • *NEW* Healthy Relationships (all types)
Ongoing/Drop-in Support Groups –
Click below for information on the different types of groups available in each location and category.
AANE Coaching
AANE LifeMAP Coaching Program
LifeMAP Fall Open House
October 17 – Watertown, MA
Don’t forget to register for the 2019 LifeMAP Fall Open House. Teens & adults of any age and their families can come and share a light dinner and meet LifeMAP clients & coaches. Learn how LifeMAP coaching can help you reach your goals.
AANE’s LifeMAP Program Expands to Metro NYC and Long Island!
After 10 years of successfully assisting over 1,600 clients in Massachusetts and online, AANE is pleased to offer its unique, one-on-one coaching program in the New York City and Long Island areas. See how you can discover your path with the help of a LifeMAP coach!
Coming Up…

Women’s Social Event–Chocolate Festival: October 12

Boston, MA: Meet up with AANE friends and immerse yourself in the delicious world of chocolate…

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For Adults–Free Group Music Lessons: starts October 15

Watertown, MA–Make music! Learn to play the alto sax, clarinet, flute, trombone, or trumpet from Berklee School of Music instructors…

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Event for Adults–Halloween Party: October 24

Watertown, MA: Get ready to spend a bewitching evening at AANE filled with costumes, cookie decorating, food, games, music, and more…

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Parents+Teens/Adults–College Consultations NYC: October 29

New York, NY: Find your own path to your college dreams. Receive personalized support to find the right college environment and services….

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Book Club for Adults–Boston Public Library: October 29

Boston, MA: Join other adults on the spectrum who love to read! This month’s discussion will be on the book, “The Autistic Brain” by Temple Grandin…

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Webinar for Parents–CBT for Children & Teens: October 30

Online: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been effective in helping to re-frame negative patterns of thought. Learn more about this type of therapy as it relates to individuals on the autism spectrum…

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*NEW* Group for Adults–Healthy Relationships: starts Nov 3

Online: Whether you need support with friendships, romantic interests, or other types of relationships, join this group to discuss how to help them flourish…

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Book Club for Adults–Nashua Public Library: November 4

Nashua, NH: Gather with fellow book-lovers to discuss, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Hadden…

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Workshop for Parents–Asperger’s/Autism 101: Nov 14

Watertown, MA–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…

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Workshop for Adults–Manage Credit/Debit Cards: November 19

Watertown, MA: Have the complex world of credit and debit cards demystified by PwC volunteers in this money management workshop…

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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…
Registration and Sponsorship is Open!
ROCK ‘N’ BOWL–November 24
ROCK ‘N’ BOWL for Autism is an annual, family-friendly, fun-filled fundraising event held by AHA since 2010. Now that AANE & AHA have joined forces, we are delighted this tradition continues. This year’s ROCK ‘N’ BOWL will take place on Sunday, November 24 at Farmingdale Lanes, 999 Conklin Street. Farmingdale, NY.
Charity Classic at the Boston College Club October 18, 2019
The Boston College Club is hosting a Casino Night/James Bond themed charity night, with a portion of the proceeds to support AANE! Come in your formal 007 attire and dance/eat/drink the night away! Each ticket includes an open bar, heavy passed hors d’oeuvres, photograph, and $500 in BC Chips. There will also be live music and exciting auction items to bid on. This event is for adults age 21 or older.
Rodman Ride for Kids!
THANK YOU to the riders, virtual riders, and volunteers who supported AANE in the 2019 Rodman Ride for Kids! Together, we raised over $75,000 to help sustain and grow our programs and services. Click to learn more about the Ride and see pictures from the event!
2019 Annual Report
FY19 was a year of unprecedented growth at AANE! Download our 2019 Annual Report and read about our many new programs and accomplishments this past year.
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.
Autism Research Studies
Would you like to help with autism research? University researchers and other prominent professionals often include descriptions of their studies on the AANE website for members of our community to participate if they choose. Current study topics include experiences with bullying, online gaming and communication, brain structure & function through imaging, and much more. Studies may include individuals with autism and/or family members. Check back frequently as new studies are added regularly.
Check This Out…
Self-Esteem and Our Expectations of Others
Self-esteem continues to be an important topic for those on the autism spectrum. AANE community member Sam Farmer reflects on the way in which his expectations of others have evolved over the years and how this positive change has helped strengthen his self-esteem.
Don’t miss Sam’s break-out session “How an Aspie Teenager Made it Through These Years” at the
AANE’s 2019 Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference.
Teen activist Greta Thunberg on how Asperger’s helps her fight climate changeWatch an interview with Greta Thunberg where she discusses how she feels her Asperger’s contributes to her activism.
“Guide to the College Social Scene”
For new college students with Asperger/autism profiles, dealing with the social scene may feel overwhelming. Read some practical tips on navigating the complexities of campus life.
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