Support groups and social groups and events offer post high school adults with Asperger/autism profiles the opportunity to connect and relate to peers. Social activity series and event facilitators plan and guide adult participants in activities and events. Facilitators are AANE staff or volunteers who themselves are on the autism spectrum, have family members on the spectrum, or have worked extensively with the Asperger/autism community.
Support groups are facilitated peer support, not intended to be therapy. Social events and activities are designed for self sufficient adults on the spectrum or family members of those on the spectrum.
Learn more about the guidelines and code of conduct for adult groups and events on the Adult Support Group and Event FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.
Co-Director of Adult Services
Michele is the mother of a young adult with ASD who is taking college classes and working part-time. In college, Michele majored in Psycholinguistics, which helped her recognize her son's social interaction issues early on, and started her down a path of advocating for parents. In 1998 she co-founded the Massachusetts Special Education Parents Advisory Council (MASSPAC). Michele also spent 35 years in the high-tech industry, and she now applies her well-honed consulting and changes management skills to parent coaching sessions and parent support groups at AANE. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-393-3824 X73.
AANE LifeMap Coach and Support Group Facilitator
Consultation & Coaching Specialist Adult Services
Kelly Urban, is a therapist and LifeMAP coach, who also works in AANE's Adult Services Department. Kelly previously worked at McLean Hospital, using DBT to teach young women emotion regulation tools and other life skills to move forward in their lives. Since 2014, Kelly has been providing information and referral services to adults, their families, and professionals, to help navigate what an Asperger profile means for them or those they care about.