Whalen Legacy Society
Named in honor of Barbara and Kevin Whalen, the Whalen Legacy Society brings together friends of AANE who are committed to supporting the future of the organization with planned gifts.
The Founding of the Whalen Legacy Society
When Kevin and Barbara Whalen’s son was diagnosed as being on the spectrum in the early 1990s, they immersed themselves in educational plans, research, and support groups. AANE, newly founded in 1996, became a lifeline for Kevin, Barbara, and their family.
At the time, AANE had only one staff member and a handful of volunteers. Barbara and Kevin became integral members of AANE’s community; Kevin later became the first Chair of AANE's Board of Directors. With gratitude to his family, AANE is proud to celebrate their legacy of service and generosity with the establishment of the Whalen Legacy Society.