Interest Groups have been created so you can explore a shared special interest, such as music, gaming, trivia, creative writing, and more with equally avid peers. Fees vary for interest groups, but financial assistance is available through discounted options on the registration pages. Groups that are currently registering will have dates shown below. 

Learn about the guidelines and code of conduct on the Adult Support Group and Event FAQ page.

Early Notification List

If an interest group you want to join is not accepting new members, sign up for the early notification list. Before a new round of your favorite interest group begins, we will send you an early email notification. This will give you a chance to register before we open up registration to everyone.

Early Notification for Future Rounds

 

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 

This interest group is intended for post-high school adults who have played Dungeons & Dragons before at AANE or elsewhere and will be led by two seasoned Dungeon Masters:
  • Nick Gallop has been playing D&D for 8 years. He hopes to facilitate a fun and fair time for everyone! As a player character, his usual build is a two-handed, weapon-wielding barbarian.
  • Nick Haslam was first introduced to D&D over 20 years ago but has been campaigning for the last 5. He’s looking forward to running a great campaign! As a player, he favors gish characters.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Add your name to the Early Notification LIst if this group is full, or if registration is complete.  

Creative Writers' Group

In this online creative writers group, participants will have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles, connect with fellow writers, and receive feedback on their work. We welcome writers of all creative genres—from short stories to poetry, screenplays, fan fiction, and more.

In the first session, participants will get to know each other through discussion of their writing and related interests. At subsequent meetings, participants will give each other feedback on the work they have shared prior to each session. The series will also feature two professional guest writers.

Add your name to the Early Notification LIst if this group is full, or if registration is complete.

 

Berklee School of Music Lessons 

The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN) is generously offering free group music lessons to adults on the autism spectrum.

This group lets up to 15 participants explore and grow as independent and ensemble musicians using traditional instruments or digital instruments during practice and group lessons.  Lessons will focus on note reading, technique, and recording as participants work to record music with their peers. Learn more here or click the link below.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Add your name to the Early Notification LIst if this group is full, or if registration is complete.

Virtual Team Trivia

AANE Team Trivia is back. Please join us for a one-time event. We will be playing trivia together by joining an existing virtual trivia night. We have historically done very well and no matter what, we have a good time!

There are no upcoming events at this time.

 

LOCAL Greater Boston, MA Design for Anxiety Maker Series

Please note, this Maker Series is not meeting virtually and will resume only when we can meet in person.

Anxiety is often a major challenge for adults on the spectrum, and the desire to always be perfect can lead to difficulty achieving goals and finishing projects.  This makers' series is designed for a small group of 4 participants who want to connect with peers and discover new ways to cope with anxiety and perfectionism. Over the course of 14 weeks, participants will meet weekly for 3 hours at a makers studio in Greater Boston to come up with an idea, define their standards for success, and complete a project that will impact their relationship with anxiety and perfectionism in a positive way. Facilitated by Miriam Zisook

Add your name to the Early Notification LIst if this group is full, or if registration is complete.

LOCAL Greater Boston and Southeastern, MA Outdoor Enthusiast Club

Please note: When in person, some activities will take place in the Greater Boston area, and some in Southeastern, MA, including Cape Cod.

The AANE Outdoor Enthusiasts Club brings together adults on the autism spectrum in the Greater Boston and Southeastern, MA areas, who share a love of the outdoors and are looking for opportunities to socialize and participate in fun outdoor adventures. Facilitated by Katie McClean, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, the group will organize fun and interesting outdoor activities.

A generous grant for the Garth Family Foundation helps fund the Local Greater Boston and Southeastern, MA Outdoor Enthusiast Club.

 

Information and registration for the AANE Outdoor Enthusiasts Meetup Group

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Improv for Beginners - An 8 Session Workshop

This improv workshop is intended for post-high school adults who are interested in improv and theater arts! This workshop is facilitated by  Chet Harding, a co-founder of Improv Asylum, an internationally acclaimed comedy theater for over 20 years. Chet is an active actor, writer, producer, and director. He created and produced hundreds of live shows for Improv Asylum, and he was also a head writer for the Emmy-nominated Improv Asylum’s Vanity Project TV show. He also created, wrote, and starred in a pilot for Comedy Central and can be seen in the movie SuperTroopers 2. Chet also teaches teams and individuals improvisation and acting, and leads corporate training sessions.   

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Building a Theatrical Character to Enhance Communication Skills

Looking for a fun way to relax, reduce anxiety, improve focus, and communication skills, while enhancing self-esteem? This 8 session workshop series will feature relaxation and breathing exercises, movement activities, and voice and speech techniques. Participants will choose a character from a selection of short theatrical monologues and will research, interpret, and build the character, culminating in a presentation to the group.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

 

Early Notification List

If an interest group you want to join is not accepting new members, sign up for the early notification list. Before a new round of your favorite interest group begins, we will send you an early email notification. This will give you a chance to register before we open up registration to everyone.

Early Notification for Future Rounds