AANE Support and Social Groups: Adults

AANE has a number of support and social groups for adults with Asperger profiles that meet at various locations and times. These groups are intended for post-high school adults who are 18 or older.

Register using the links below or on through our Calendar of Events for Adults.  If you have any questions, please contact adult services staff.

Greater Boston and Online

“Our son telling us that his evening at AANE was the first time in his life where he could be himself and not have to be what everyone else expected him to be was very powerful. I’m so thankful we have found such a place for him to enjoy being just who he is. If he continues to enjoy AANE for just that reason and no other, we have found a goldmine. Anything above and beyond that will be icing on the cake.”

New Groups for Women on the Autism Spectrum including an online option!

Online Support Group for Women aged 18-35

Bi-Weekly, Starting Thursday, October 11th, 6:30-8:00 pm. Other dates are: 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/13, 12/27, 1/3, 1/17 Cost for 8 sessions: $80 Facilitator: Debbie Curtiss In response to many requests, AANE is pleased to offer an evening on-line (Zoom) group for women 18-35. The group will met bi-weekly from 6:30-8:00 pm starting October 11. Other meeting dates will be 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, (the week of 12/6 will be skipped), 12/13, 12/27, 1/3, 1/17 This group provides an opportunity to meet other women in an environment of support and understanding. It is for women who may not be able to make it to our offices in Watertown, MA. Group limit is 12 and a strong internet connection as well as a computer with a camera and a microphone is required. Register for the online support group  

Watertown, MA -- Weekly Support Group for Women

Weekly on Wednesdays, starting November 7th, 2:30-4:00 pm at AANE office. Other meeting dates will be: 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, 1/2, 1/9 Cost for 8 sessions: $80 Facilitator: Cornelia Elwood This weekly women’s group is a safe place for women to come together to share the challenges and celebrate the joys of being a woman on the Autism Spectrum.

Register for the in-person support group

Watertown, MA — Young Women's Support Group (post high school to age 30)

First Tuesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 pm at AANE office Cost: $5.00 Facilitator: Debbie Curtiss Come join other young women on the spectrum in an environment of support and understanding. This group will provide a forum for raising issues and solving problems. We will discuss strategies for making good choices and ways to move forward.

REGISTER for January 8th Meeting

Watertown, MA — Pizza & Game Night 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: AANE office Cost: $12 Host: Nick Gallop Watertown, MA — 50 and Over Support Group 1st Monday, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: AANE office Cost: $5 Hosts: Anastasia O'Melveny and David Stamps Watertown, MA — Gender Identity and A.S. Support Group 3rd Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: AANE office Cost: $5 Host: Julie Schwartz Watertown, MA - Artist Collaborative TBA Location: AANE office Cost: FREE Host: AANE Staff Boston, MA — Gay Men’s Support Group 3rd Monday, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: Mass General Hospital (MGH) Cost: $5 Host: Guy Ronen

North Shore

Danvers, MA — Adult Support Group
3rd Thursday, 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Location: North Shore Elder Services; 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 200,  Danvers, MA
Cost: $5
Host: Gail Kastorf

Danvers, MA — Pizza & Game Night
1st Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: North Shore Elder Services; 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 200, Danvers, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Gail Kastorf

South Area

South Area, MA — Adult Support Group
2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Arc of South Norfolk, 789 Clapboardtree St., Westwood, MA
Cost: $5
Host: Stephen Nadel

South Area, MA — Pizza & Game Night
1st Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Arc of South Norfolk, 789 Clapboardtree St., Westwood, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Stephen Nadel

Metrowest

Framingham, MA — Pizza & Game Night
3rd Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: SMOC, 300 Howard Street, Framingham, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Nick Gallop

Central Massachusetts

“My son is 22 years old, and this is the first time in his life that he’s had such social success! Being able to go to a social function and connect with other people is a godsend for him. ”

Fitchburg, MA — Pizza & Game Night
4th Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Fitchburg State University, McKay Art Academy, Room C192, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, MA
Cost: $12
Host: David Duval & Matthew Geraghty

Worcester, MA — Pizza & Game Night
2nd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Worcester State University
Student Center Building, Room 204, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Christian Tsetsos

Western Massachusetts

Amherst, MA — Pizza & Game Night
1st Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: UMASS Amherst, Campus Center, Room 917, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Kris Watson

Holyoke, MA - Pizza & Game Night
4th Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: MCS (Multi Cultural Services), 260 Westfield Street, Holyoke, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Linda Wynne

Greater Springfield — Pizza & Game Night
1st Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: First Congregational Church of East Longmeadow, 7 Somers Street, East Longmeadow, MA
Cost: $12
Host: Linda Wynne

Northampton, MA — Adult Support Group
Group will be taking a hiatus for the summer. The next meeting will be in September.
Meets twice per month in the Northampton area
Prospective members should contact Trish Huff at trishaane@comcast.net

Florence, MA — Women's Support Group
Meets once per month in Florence
Prospective members should contact Stephanie Birkdale at stephanie.birkdale@aane.org

Out-of-State Support Groups

Portland, ME — Support Group for Adults
First Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Please call in advance)
The Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave., Portland, ME, 04101
Contact: Robert Lagos (207) 846-3063, Wilma Wake (207) 985-8776, or Nathan Scoville (207) 604-0436

Keene, NH — Recreational Group for Adults with Asperger Profiles
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Subject to change due to holidays or vacations)
121 Railroad St., 2nd floor, Keene NH or in community
Contact Joanna Andros: joannaandrosmsw@gmail.com, 603-852-8168

East Providence, RI — Support Group for Adults with AS
Second Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Bradley Hospital, Providence, RI
Host: Arthur Mercurio, M.A. (401) 432-1189
New members should contact Chris Brown (401-432-1000) or Toby Liebowitz (tobyaane@gmail.com, 401 490-0514) before attending their first group, as the meeting room may change from month to month.