Press Release: AANE Awarded Foundation for MetroWest Grant for Parent Support


Watertown, MA – January 30, 2020The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) is thrilled to announce the receipt of a grant from the Foundation for MetroWest to fund two support groups and additional education for parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum who question or know they have a non-traditional gender identity.  

With this grant, AANE will be able to respond to the increase in inquiries and requests for support from parents with children and teens who are both on the autism spectrum and may face challenges  with a non-traditional gender identity. The new groups will provide families with a safe, nurturing environment in which to explore these issues and learn how to help their child.

A growing body of research indicates that people with Asperger/autism profiles are more likely to identify as gender non-conforming or with an atypical gender identity.


About AANE

The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) helps people with Asperger’s and similar autism spectrum and neurodiverse profiles build meaningful, connected lives. We provide individuals, families, and professionals with information, education, community, support, and advocacy in an inclusive atmosphere of validation and respect.  To learn more, please visit


About Foundation for MetroWest
Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. We promote philanthropy in the region, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofits and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Since inception, the Foundation has granted $19 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $26 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact.  To learn more, please visit or call 508-647-2260.