Press Release: AANE to Host First-of-Its-Kind Autism-Friendly Gala


Watertown, MA – March 5, 2019 – The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), a non-profit organization that works with individuals, families, and professionals to improve the lives of those with Asperger/autism profiles, is proud to announce it will be holding the first-of-its-kind autism-friendly gala. The event, titled the AANE Uncommon Gala 2019, will feature modifications to the program, communication methods, and physical space to better suit the sensory, social, and emotional needs of people on the autism spectrum. The gala is AANE’s largest fundraising event of the year and will take place Saturday, April 27th at the Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA.

Recognizing that fundraising events are often loud, crowded, and unpredictable, the AANE Gala Committee resolved to create a more autism-friendly environment at this year’s gala. “No other gala in the world has made accommodations for a neurodiverse audience, making our annual celebration truly uncommon,” said AANE Executive Director Dania Jekel, MSW. Among the modifications meant to create an autism-friendly environment are inviting guests to wear a “spectrum of attires”, requesting guests be fragrance free, providing a complete agenda and room layout for the event in advance, and designating a quiet room during the event.

The night will feature a surprise performance by a stand-up comedian known for her work on television, radio, and stages around the world. Attendees may know her from a past AANE gala and more recently the NPR weekly quiz program, Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Ticket and sponsorship information can be found at

About Asperger/Autism Network:
AANE is a nationally recognized organization that works with individuals, families and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives. It does this by providing information, education, community, support, and advocacy, all in an atmosphere of validation and respect. To learn more about AANE programs and services, visit

Erica Remi
Director of Development
617-393-3824 ext. 47