Support Group Facilitators
Michele Cantara, Co-Director of Adult Services.
Michele is the mother of a young adult with ASD who is taking college classes and working part time. In college, Michele majored in Psycholinguistics, which helped her recognize her son's social interaction issues early on, and started her down a path of advocating for parents. In 1998 she co-founded the Massachusetts Special Education Parents Advisory Council (MASSPAC). Michele also spent 35 years in the high-tech industry, and she now applies her well-honed consulting and change management skills to parent coaching sessions and parent support groups at AANE. Contact: email@example.com, 617-393-3824 X73.
Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby, AANE LifeMap Coach and Support Group Facilitator
Jennifer is an AANE LifeMap coach and she also facilitates several in-person AANE Parent of Adult Support groups and leads three AANE PoA online groups. Jennifer’s motto is "What else can go right?" Coaching LifeMap clients and leading parent groups is her passion. By helping them shift their perspective to what can go right, she is able to help them make significant positive changes in their lives. Jennifer says, “ I’m constantly amazed by parents' commitment to their adult child's future, but I also recognize that this commitment can be all-consuming and draining.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org