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Meet Lisa

Dear Community Member,

My son is 23, and writing is his passion. He graduated from Tufts University with a major in Africana Studies and English. He has an Asperger’s profile; academically, he’s so smart, but socially, it is much more challenging for him.

For a long time, it was me and my son against the world.

My family didn’t understand or know how to help. I felt so alone. I didn’t know there were others out there like my son, other parents like me. When I connected with AANE, I found a new family that truly understood us.

The programs that benefit my son the most come through AANE. He joined a book club, a young men’s support group, and a creative writing group. And when my son benefits, so do I.

AANE isn't just for my son with Asperger's, it's for me, too—a mother of a son with Asperger's.

The parent support group I joined has been so helpful. At meetings, people speak the same language I am speaking. I am so grateful for this; to be accepted and listened to.

This pandemic took us all by surprise and no matter how you thought you had your life organized, it uprooted everything. But AANE’s services and programs went on, and they have been a godsend to me and mine this year.

I hope you will support the organization that has made such an important difference in our lives.



If you prefer to donate by check, make your check out to AANE and mail it to:

51 Water Street, Suite 206
Watertown, MA 02472


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