AANE Support Groups for Adults

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Drop-In support groups for adults on the Autism Spectrum meet in person at various locations throughout New England.  Advance registration for each meeting is encouraged, in case we need to cancel or reschedule a meeting due to inclement weather. Newcomers are always welcome, but for the best drop-in support group experience, we recommend that newcomers contact events@aane.org or the group facilitator prior to the meeting for a brief group orientation. Orientation discussions are typically done via phone. See AANE Drop-In Support Groups for Adults.

Support group series are designed so that a limited number of members (typically 12) meet for a series of 6 or 8 meetings, perhaps each week, or each month.  The objective of a support group series is to create a tight-knit community of support that members can tap into even after all group meetings in the series have ended.  Members must register in advance for all of the meetings in the series. Unlike Drop-in support groups, where members can pay to attend each meeting, members in a support group series must pay in advance of the first meeting in the series and payment covers all meetings in the series.  Financial assistance is available for support group series. Contact Stephanie Birkdale (stephanie.birkdale@aane.org) for more information. See AANE Support Group Series for Adults.

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Support Groups Series

Adults on the spectrum who live in Greater Boston can attend a series of in-person AANE support group meetings.  Adults who live in further away from Boston, in other parts of New England, or in other US States or even Canada,  can attend one of our series of online support groups.

 

In-Person Support Group Series

In-Person Weekly Young Men’s Support Group (ages 18-30) - Watertown, MA 

This support group series offers a safe environment where young men on the spectrum can share issues and concerns, and also celebrate their successes. This group is limited to 12 participants and meets weekly for 8 sessions. Members must  register in advance for all 8 sessions.

Where:  AANE, 51 Water Street, Watertown, MA
When: 8 weekly sessions starting Tuesday, May 7, 1:30-3 PM
Facilitator: Nick Gallop
Advanced Registration Required
Cost: $80 for all 8 meetings in the series
Status: Registration is CLOSED

Get on the Wait List for the next series

In-Person Support Group for Adult Women - Watertown MA

This 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. This support group series is limited to 12 participants and meets for 8 sessions. Members must  register in advance for all 8 sessions.

Facilitator: Cornelia Elwood
Advanced Registration Required
Where:  AANE, 51 Water Street Watertown, MA
When: 8 sessions starting Wednesday, Feb 13 from 2:30-4:00 PM
Cost: $80 per person for all 8 sessions in the series
Status: Registration is Closed


Get on the Wait List for the next series

 

Online Support Group Series

Please note, a strong internet connection and a computer or tablet equipped with a camera and microphone is required.

Bi-Weekly Online Support Group for Women (ages 18-35)

Whether you live in western Massachusetts, other parts of New England, or Idaho, this online support group series is a great opportunity for women who may not be able to attend an in person support group at our offices in Watertown, MA.  This group is limited to 12 participants and meets biweekly for 8 sessions. Members must register in advance for all 8 sessions.

Where: Online
When: 4 biweekly sessions starting Thursday, June 13, 6:30-8 PM ET
Facilitator: Debbie Curtiss
Advanced Registration Required
Cost: Due to a generous grant from Felicity House, we are able to offer this support group series at a very low cost.  The cost is $5 for all 4 meetings in the series.
Status: Registration is OPEN

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Monday Evenings Online Weekly Support Group Series for Adults

This support group series is open to adults of any age or gender who are on the spectrum. Join other adults on the spectrum in an environment of support and understanding.  This support group series is limited to 12 participants and meets weekly for 8 sessions. Members must  register in advance for all 8 sessions.

Facilitator: Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby
Where: Online
When: 8 weekly sessions starting June 3
Cost: $80 per person for all 8 sessions in the series.
Status: Registration is OPEN

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Tuesday Mornings Online Weekly Support Group Series for Adults

This support group series is open to adults of any age or gender who are on the spectrum. Join other adults on the spectrum in an environment of support and understanding.  This support group series is limited to 10 participants and meets weekly for 8 sessions. Members must  register in advance for all 8 sessions.

Facilitator: Kelly Urban
Where: Online
When: 8 weekly sessions starting June 4
Cost: $80 per person for all 8 sessions in the series.
Status: Registration is OPEN

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Drop-In Support Groups

Drop-In Support Groups for Adults at AANE, Watertown, MA

51 Water Street, Watertown, MA, Suite 206

Visit the AANE Events Calendar to find a link to register for the next meeting for a specific drop-in group.

50 and Over Drop-In Support Group - Are you an adult, age 50 or over, with AS or a related Autism Spectrum profile? Meet others on the spectrum who were diagnosed later in life, and share the unique concerns and issues of aging with Aspergers. This group meets monthly at AANE, on the first Monday of each month. The group hosts a social hour from 6-7 PM, followed by a support group meeting from 7-8:30 PM. Facilitators: Anastasia Mulvaney and David Stamps. Cost: $5 per meeting. We encourage attendees to pre-register and pay online, but attendees can also pay at the door.

Young Women’s Drop-In Support Group 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. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30 PM at AANE. Facilitator: Debbie Curtiss, (debbie.curtiss@aane.org) Cost: $5 per meeting. We encourage attendees to pre-register and pay online, but attendees can also pay at the door.

Gender Identity and the Autism Spectrum Drop-In Support Group for Transgender Adults on the Spectrum - Neurodivergent? Gender Variant? Are you an adult with Asperger Syndrome or a related Autism Spectrum Profile? Do you identify as Trans, Transgender, Genderqueer, Gender Fluid, Non-binary, Questioning, or any number of other ways that would fit under the transgender umbrella? This group’s for you! This group meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month, at AANE, 51 Water Street, Watertown, MA. Join us, meet others on the spectrum who also identify as Transgender, hear one another’s stories and share unique concerns and perspectives that come with being Transgender and on the Autism Spectrum. Cost: $5 per meeting. We encourage attendees to pre-register and pay online, but attendees can also pay at the door.

 

Drop-In Support Groups for Adults in Massachusetts

Visit the AANE Events Calendar to find out when the next meeting is for a specific drop in group and register.

Boston, MA Gay Men’s Drop-In Support Group - Are you a gay man in the AANE community? Have you ever wanted to share your thoughts and experiences with other gay men on the spectrum? This group meets monthly on the 3rd Monday of every month from 7:00-8:30 PM in Boston, MA. New members are encouraged to contact the facilitator (guy.ronen@aane.org) for exact location. Facilitator: Guy Ronen Cost: $5 per meeting. We encourage attendees to pre-register and pay online, but attendees can also pay at the door.

Danvers, MA Drop-In Support Group for Adults This group meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:45-8:15 PM at North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Drive, Second Floor , Danvers, MA 01923, Facilitator: Gail Kastorf, (gail.kastorf@aane.org). Cost: $5 per meeting. We encourage attendees to pre-register and pay online, but attendees can also pay at the door.

Northampton/Florence MA Drop-in Support Group for Women - This group meets monthly on the second Monday of the month, from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Forbes Library at 20 West Street, Northampton, MA, 01060. Facilitator: Kim Davies Cost: Free We encourage attendees to pre-register.

Northampton/Florence MA Drop-In Support Group for Adults - This group meets bi-weekly, every other Sunday, from 3-5 PM at the Lilly Library, 19 Meadow St., Florence, MA. Facilitator: Michael Wilcox (mfw@mfw.us). Cost: Free We encourage attendees to pre-register.

Westwood MA - South Area Drop-In Support Group for Adults. This group meets monthly on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month from 6:30-8:00 PM at The Arc of South Norfolk, 789 Clapboardtree St. , Westwood, MA. Facilitator: Steve Nadel, stephen.nadel@aane.org. Cost: $5 per meeting. We encourage attendees to pre-register and pay online, but attendees can also pay at the door.

 

Drop-In Support Groups for Adults in New England

Note that AANE does not handle registration for these support groups. Please contact the group facilitators if you have any questions.

Portland Maine - Drop-In Adult Support Group for Adults with AS

This group meets on the first Saturday of each month from 1-4 PM. First-time group members should contact one of the facilitators in advance and should plan to attend a new member orientation meeting at 12:15 PM. The support group meets at The Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave., Portland, ME, 04101. Cost: Free, Hosts: Robert Lagos (207) 846-3063 robertslagos@gmail.com, Wilma Wake (207) 985-8776 wilma.wake@gmail.com, or Nathan Scoville (207) 604-0436 nathanscoville@yahoo.com.

East Providence RI - Drop-In Adult Support for Adults with AS
This group meets on the second Monday of each month from 6:30- 8PM in the Conference Room at Bradley Hospital, Providence, RI. Cost: Free, Host: Arthur Mercurio, M.A. (401) 432-1189. New members should contact Chris Brown (401-432-1000) or Toby Liebowitz (tobyaane@gmail.com) before attending their first group meeting.