An adult with an Asperger profile might be eligible for financial support and benefits either based on their disability and/or their income level. These resources can be difficult to navigate, but AANE is here to help you learn how to apply for benefits. We recommend that you browse through these resources and if you still have questions, contact the Adult Services team – we are happy to help you figure out what you need to do next.

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2018 Benefits Conference: Benefits Materials

These materials will be presented at Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life: Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems on January 20, 2018 and are gathered here for review. General Session: Kerry Mahoney: State and Federal Benefits Overview Workshop Session 1: Kathryn Collins-Wooley, Ph.D.: Autism Spectrum... more

2017 DDS Northeast Region Adult Autism Resource Guide

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A comprehensive guide that provides great information about the process for applying for DDS Autism services, as well as DMH, MRC, and general resources for adults with ASD and their families, even if they are not current DDS clients. Topics include transportation, employment, guardianship/legal... more

2017 Benefits Conference: Benefits Materials

These materials were presented at Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life: Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems on February 4th, 2017 and are gathered here for review. Janet George: Adults with Autism Slideshow Terri Farrell: Benefits Healthcare Coverage for Adults with Autism MRC: Community Living... more

Asperger/Autism Spectrum Fact Sheet

Learn more about how AANE is here for you About Asperger/Autism Spectrum: It is neurological and affects the way information is processed in the brain. It is often an invisible disability. Many people appear very competent, but have difficulties in areas of communication and social... more

Healthcare Coverage for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Learn about healthcare coverage for adults on the autism... more

Estate and Financial Planning for the Asperger/Autism Community

Ken Shulman, author of Managing a Special Needs Trust, shares his expertise to help families understand the process of estate and financial planning when you have a child with special... more

Where are the Resources?

Learn about benefits and resources for adults on the autism... more

Moving Out: A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities

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Finding the right residential situation for an adult child doesn't have to be overwhelming. The authors share decades of experience counseling families on housing options to help parents prepare themselves and their children for a new living arrangement. Discover the universal considerations most... more

Legal Planning For Special Families in Massachusetts: A Family Guide to SSI, Guardianship and Estate…

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Attorney and parent Barbara Jackins' new book is a must have resource for parents of children with special needs and the professionals and advocates who assist them. In an easy-to-read, conversational style, Jackins, the lead author of Special Needs Trust Administration Manual: A Guide for... more

Developing Talents and Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

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The authors take an in-depth look at entrepreneurship. Using real-life examples, they point out that many of the unique characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum that lend themselves well to entrepreneurial ventures. The book explores many unnoticed aspects of Vocational Rehabilitation... more

Disability Aspects of Asperger Syndrome

This article is a general review of the pertinence of social security disability benefits to impairments presenting limitations associated with Asperger Syndrome. The author, an administrative law judge for the office of hearings and appeals of the social security administration, submits this article in his private capacity, without official... more

Employment & Social Security Benefits for Adults with Asperger Profiles

Since most children with Asperger profiles appear to require some interventions, supports, or modifications to enable them to succeed in school, it seems reasonable to assume that many adults with Asperger profiles will require at least some supports or special conditions in the workplace. One of the most common concerns adults report to AANE is... more