September 2020: AANE Newsletter

September 2020: AANE Newsletter
Working Together
In recent months, we have all learned new ways to work together even while we are physically apart. AANE knows the challenges adults on the spectrum, family members and professionals are still facing because of the pandemic, and we continue to serve the community through video conferencing and online resources. To find out more about AANE, contact us.
Considerations for Neurodiverse Couples
It is easy to overlook the impact the global pandemic has had on neurodiverse relationships. This month Executive Director Dania Jekel focuses on the ways neurodiverse partners can work together to maintain a healthy relationship.
Don’t forget…
Neurodiverse couples can learn to recognize and understand their relationship through the lens of neurodiversity with AANE’s online course 101 For Couples. Couples therapists can receive specialized training to work with neurodiverse couples more effectively through AANE’s Training 101 and Certification 201.
Fall Conference Registration is Open!
AANE’s Fall 2020 Virtual Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference
November 14
AANE is pleased to offer its annual fall conference completely online! During this full-day conference, three expert presenters will speak on living an authentic life and forming meaningful friendships. The conference will also include virtual discussion and networking groups, providing an opportunity for adults with Asperger/autism profiles, parents, and professionals to work together, learn, and connect. Find out about speaker topics, continuing education credits, and more!
Promote your programs and services at AANE’s most attended event!
Opportunities to sponsor AANE’s Fall Conference are available. Find out how you can connect with the AANE community and support this important conference. Act before September 18 for a 15% savings on conference sponsorship! Read about sponsorship levels and benefits.
Connecting to AANE During COVID-19
Check the events calendar for the most up-to-date information on AANE online programs, such as support groups, workshops, and social activities. If you have any questions, email Click the blue links below to see more information and register.
FREE Online Community Connection Sessions
Connect with others in the community and AANE staff through video conference. Limited space is available and groups fill fast!
FREE Google Group Forums
Join others in an online community moderated by AANE Staff.
AANE also has other resources and support for Neurodiverse Couples.
As the school year begins with in-person and remote learning, parents and the school team can work together to modify IEPs and 504 Plans to best serve students with Asperger/autism profiles. AANE shares practical, concrete advice to help parents advocate for their children and teens.
LifeNet, AANE’s independent living support program, offers a variety of social activities for its clients. For a limited time, AANE is making some of the online LifeNet social activities available to a small number of non-LifeNet clients. All activities are FREE. Click on the button below to see upcoming dates, view descriptions, and register.
  • Watch Parties (via Netflix Party/Chrome browser or Zoom)
  • Summer Concerts (via Zoom)
  • Chair Exercises – Low Impact (via Google Hangouts)
We are Here for You!
Have questions or need to talk? Use the Contact Us form or schedule a free information and referral call with a member of the Adult Services or Child and Teen staff.
AANE Support Groups
Online “Closed” Support Groups
“LOCAL [City, State]” indicates groups/activities intended for those living in or near the listed area.
“Closed” groups have the same members for a set number of sessions and have limited space available. Click on the title of the group to register. Groups are filling quickly!
Online Support Groups for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults
Online Support Groups for Parents of Adults (23+)
Online “Open” Groups
“Open” support groups and programs have an undefined number of group members with new people coming and going from session to session. Click below for information on “open” support groups for our community and to register.
AANE Program Highlights
The Asperger/Autism Professional Coaching Association
Are you a human services professional or life coach who works with older teens and adults with Asperger/autism profiles and uses coaching techniques as a part of your approach? The new Asperger/Autism Professional Coaching Association (AAPCA) now offers you a way to connect with colleagues and experts who are also engaged in this specialized work. Enhance your professional development and receive advice, feedback, and guidance from peers and experts.
An Odyssey for Kai
Curious how LifeMAP coaches and clients work together? Read how one adult named Kai is working with his coach through CollegeMAP to reach his goals.
AANE LifeNet Forming New Cohorts in MA and CT in Fall 2020 and NYC in 2021
LifeNet, AANE’s private pay, independent living support program for adults with Asperger/autism profiles is solidifying commitments for its third cohort in Eastern Massachusetts and its first cohort in LifeNet Connecticut between and including Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven. Learn more about LifeNet CT at a virtual info sessions on either September 15 or September 23. LifeNet will also be expanding to NYC in Spring 2021. Click the buttons below to learn more and to contact LifeNet. 
Coming Up…
  • All AANE programming has moved online.
  • “LOCAL [City, State]” indicates groups/activities intended for those living in or near the listed area.
  • “Open” groups and programs have an undefined number of group members with new people coming and going on a regular basis from session to session.
  • “Closed” groups have the same members for a set number of sessions.
  • Text in blue are links to further information and registration.
Online: Love to read? Join other post-high school adults to discuss great books. Participation is free, but registration is required to receive the link. Read More + Register.
OnlineThe last science and technology discussion meet-up was such as success, it’s happening again! Check out the AANE Meetup Group: AANE Adults for details and to RSVP. Read More + Register.
Online: Tired of watching movies by yourself? Click on the link to learn about Netflix account and browser requirements and to register! Read More + Register.
Online: Virtual Game Nights have returned! Register to meet online and play games like Quiplash, Fibbage, and Remote Insensitivity. Reserve your spot before the sessions fill! Read More + Register.
Online: Dr. Rafael Castro will discuss ways to help children and teens manage anxiety, especially in learning environments affected by COVID-19Read More + Register.
Online: Meet other grandparents online and find new ways to connect with your grandchildren of any age on the autism spectrum. Read More + Register.
Online: After a summer hiatus, Fathers’ Group is back! Share experiences, support one another, and build a toolbox to parent more confidently. Read More + Register.
Online: Learn how adults on the spectrum and their parents can work together to build a team of professional providers in a way that ensures the adult is the center of their own team. Reduced price thanks to a grant from the John W. Alden Trust. Read More + Register.
Online: Join other Boston-area adults on the spectrum to discuss “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. Read More + Register.
Begins October 14
Online: Rangers and Rogues! Post-high school adults living in the Watertown, MA area who have played Dungeons & Dragons before through AANE or elsewhere can join AANE’s 8-session campaign online. Read More + Register.
Online: Whether your child/teen was recently diagnosed with an Asperger/autism profile or you need a better understanding of what the diagnosis means, AANE can help. Read More + Register.
Online: Adults often ask what to do if they think one of their parents is on the spectrum. Join Grace MyHill, Director of Couples and Partner’s Services, and Michele Cantara, Co-Director of Adult Services for a Q&A session for adults. Read More + Register.
Begins October 21
Online: Break out the 20-sided dice! If you are a post-high school adult with Dungeons & Dragons experience, you can join AANE for an 8-session campaign no matter where you live! Read More + Register.
Begins October 21
Online: Adults with Asperger/autism profiles can flex their creative muscles, connect with fellow writers, and receive feedback on their work. Whether you write short stories, poetry, screenplays, or fan fiction, writers of all creative genres are welcome. Read More + Register.
Looking for More?
AANE Calendar
Take a day-by-day look at all of the events AANE has to offer our entire community.
AANE Updates…
Last Chance to Register for the 2020 Rodman Ride for Kids!
Walk, run, or ride in the (virtual) company of AANE supporters on September 26th. There’s no fundraising minimum; choose how you’d like to participate! Receive an official Ride for Kids bib when you sign up. Raise $1,000 to receive a Ride for Kids dri-fit t-shirt. Every participant receives a finisher’s medal… and the thanks of the thousands of individuals and families AANE serves each year.
Autism Research Studies
University researchers and professionals looking for study participants to further autism research often post descriptions on AANE’s website. New studies include examining the relationship between various office environment characteristics and autistic employees’ attitudes and well-being, learning about employment supports for young adults, and many more. These optional studies may include individuals with autism and/or family members. Check back frequently as new studies are added regularly.
Check This Out…
Congratulations to AANE’s Leslie Feinberg!

We are thrilled Leslie Feinberg, AANE NY’s Information & Referral Specialist and SOYAN Founder (Supporting Our Youth & Adults Network), is a 2020 Women Of Distinction Honoree by Senator Brooks. Read about her important work in the community!

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