Adults* – Support Groups & Community Connections Sessions

*Teens - AANE offers one Online "Open" Support Group for Teens.

AANE offers three types of supports for Adults with Asperger / autism profiles:

Adult support groups are facilitated peer support, not intended to be therapy.

All groups are currently offered online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups are limited in size, are facilitated by an AANE staff member, and require pre-registration. "Open" and "Closed" Support Group sessions lasts 90 minutes. Community Connection sessions last 60 minutes.

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. 

Free Online Community Connection Sessions for Adults

Social distancing can be lonely, and quarantine restrictions play havoc with the routines we count on to structure our lives. Participate in our free online chat sessions to connect with other adults with Asperger/autism profiles. Community Connection Sessions will be facilitated by AANE's Adult Services staff who have years of experience with Aspergers and who understand the challenges that this pandemic can pose. Although sessions are free, registration is required so we can send you the link to join the Zoom meeting. Click on the session date below to register. Note that these sessions are extremely popular. Click link below to register for the group chat.  

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Online "Closed" Support Group for Adults

"Closed" Support Groups (formerly Support Group Series) are designed to create a tight-knit community of support that members can tap into even after all group meetings in the series end.  Members of the group must register in advance.   Groups meet each week or every other week for 6 to 8 weeks.  Registration is typically limited to 12 members.  AANE holds in-person and online closed support groups. 

Click here to see all Online "Closed" Support Groups for Adults

If registration is full for a specific "Closed" Support Group for Adults, click here to sign up to receive early notifications the next time registration opens.

See below for "closed" groups for adults that are currently accepting registrations.

 

Online "Open" Support Groups for Adults

Online "Open" Support Groups (formerly Ongoing/Drop-In Support Groups) are groups for adults on the autism spectrum, are FREE and meet at regularly scheduled times.  Click on the links below to see a list of open adult support groups in each location.     Advance registration for  New England meetings is encouraged. No registration is needed to attend NY open support group meetings.  Newcomers are always welcome, but for the best open support group experience, we recommend that newcomers contact events@aane.org or the group facilitator to request a phone orientation. 

Support Group Costs

"Open" Support Groups are often free or there may be modest $5-15 fee/session.  The cost of "Closed" Support Groups varies, but is typically $80 for all 8 meetings in the series. We recognize that cost is an obstacle for many of our clients so we offer 50% or 75% reduced cost options on the registration form for those in need.  If you need to have the fee waived or discounted, contact the group facilitator or stephanie.birkdale@aane.org.

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