Upcoming Events for Families



Support Groups, Workshops, and Events


for Families of Autistic and Neurodivergent
Adults, Teens, and Children

February 2, 2023

All of AANE programming is currently online (with the exception of LifeNet, local MeetUp programs, and special events listed) and registration is required. Blue text links to further information and registration pages. The following terms indicate the event's structure and intended audience.

  • "Open" programs may have different participants joining from session to session.
  • "Closed" programs have the same participants for a set number of sessions.
  • LOCAL [City, State] programs are intended for those living in the vicinity of the indicated area. If LOCAL is not indicated, the program is available to those living anywhere.
For programs that require a fee, financial assistance is available and no one will be turned away for the inability to pay. To inquire about financial assistance or for general inquiries, please email events@aane.org.


AANE's 2023 Virtual Jody Acford Conference
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"Closed" Social + Support Groups

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Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22)

Registration for additional closed support groups will begin on a rolling basis. If you want to receive early notification when groups are forming, please fill out the form linked below based upon your child's age:

Webinars + Workshops

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Workshop: Autism and the IEP for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22) February 6
Webniar: The Lost Generation of Older Autistic Adults February 7
*NEW* Workshop: Asperger's/Autism 102 - What's Next? for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children/Teens/Yound Adults (through age 22) February 27
*NEW* Webinar: Should You Train Your Own Service Dog? March 21
Watch AANE webinars you may have missed when it's convenient for you! Choose from over 150 videos with more added each month. Click here.

Help for Parents + Families

Help 5-26.pngYou are one click away from all information, practical guidance, support, and connection you need. AANE is available via email, phone, and video conference. Reach us through the Contact Us page or schedule a free information and resource call, available for parents of children and teens, parents of adultsand spouses/partners in neurodiverse relationships.

Connection + Support

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FREE Online "Open" Community Connection Sessions

  • Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22) February 9

FREE Online "Open" Support Groups   

  • Tarde - Grupo de Apoyo para Padres de niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo/Asperger (Spanish-Speaking Parents of Children, Teens, and Young Adults) febrero 16, febrero 23
  • Anochecer - Grupo de Apoyo para Padres de niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo/Asperger (Spanish-Speaking Parents of Children, Teens, and Young Adults) febrero 16, febrero 23
  • Families of Individuals on the Spectrum February 7
  • Teens (15-19) (formerly Plainview, NY) February 11
  • Parents of Adults (formerly Providence, RI) February 15
  • Grandparents of Autistic Individuals (moved from 2/9) February 16
  • Families of Adults (formerly Greater Hudson Valley, NY) February 19 Guest speaker: Kerin Sweezey will give a historical overview of the mission of Spectrum Designs Foundation- Spectrum Designs, Spectrum Bakes, and Spectrum Suds along with some important roles and tasks within the organization.
  • Fathers of Individuals on the Spectrum February 22
  • *NEW* Partners of Autistic Individuals March 13
  • Partners of Autistic Individuals March 14

FREE Online "Open" Social Events 

FREE Online Discussion Forums


Neurodiverse Couples/Partners


Looking to donate to AANE?


Registration is Open for Intensive Autism Coach Training

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AANE’s Intensive Autism Coach Training (IACT), formerly known as AsperCoach, is a 4-day certificate program, which will be held in-person on July 10-13, 2023. Participants will learn and practice coaching methods proven to be effective to help autistic or similar neurodiverse profile teens and adults reach their personal goals. CEUs may be available.

Learn more and apply today!

Job Opportunities

AANE is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to apply to volunteer for any of these positions or in any other capacity, please email volunteer@aane.org and include the volunteer opportunity you would like to pursue in the subject line of your email along with a brief explanation of your interest and experience. 

AANE is currently seeking to fill the following volunteer positions:

  • Autistic adult mentors needed (aged 18-35 living in MA) to work with autistic mentees as part of the new pilot Simpatico Peer Mentoring Program 
  • (CART)/closed captioning assistance for webinars and conferences
  • Help registrants log into virtual webinars and events

Interested in other upcoming events? Click below to see the calendar!



Questions? Call: 617-393-3824

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