Support Groups & Community Connections Sessions for Adults

AANE offers three types of supports for post high scho0l adults with Asperger / autism profiles:

  • Community Connection Sessions - help relieve isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they also give you a way to try us out to see if you like us (Free)
  • Ongoing/Drop-In Support Groups - let you become a part of a long-term support group with evolving membership (Free)
  • Support Group Series - give you the opportunity to engage with the same group of peers in a series of meetings so you can delve into issues more deeply (Pay what you can afford)

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. Each session lasts 90 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 During the COVID-19 Situation

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. Chats 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 date to register for the group chat.

Tuesday, June 2, 10 AM - 11 AM EDT with Christa Flanagan and Michele Cantara

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Monday, June 8, 7 PM - 8 PM EDT with Allyson Linehan and Michele Cantara

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Tuesday, June 16, 11 AM - 12 PM EDT with Nick Gallop and Christa Flanagan

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Tuesday, June 23, 11 AM - 12 PM EDT with Nick Gallop and Christa Flanagan

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Tuesday, June 29, 7 PM - 8 PM EDT with Allyson Linehan and Michele Cantara

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Support Group Series for Adults

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 support group series. 

These Adult Support Group Series is currently open for registration

Click here to see all Adult Support Group Series

If registration is closed for a specific support group series, click here to sign up to receive early notifications the next time registration opens.

Ongoing/Drop-In Support Groups for Adults

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

Support Group Costs

The cost of support group series varies, but is typically $80 for all 8 meetings in the series.  Some Ongoing/Drop-In Support Groups are free, while others may have a modest cost ($5-15) to attend each meeting.  We recognize that cost is an obstacle for many of our clients. If you need to have the fee waived or discounted, contact the group facilitator or stephanie.birkdale@aane.org.

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