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December 2020

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Online LOCAL Portland, ME “Open” Support Group for Adults, 12/5/20, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DESCRIPTION:  This LOCAL open group meets on the first Saturday of each month and is for post-high school adults (ages 19+), who live within commuting distance of Portland, ME and are on the autism spectrum or who suspect that they are. WHEN:  Saturday, December 5, 2020 TIME:  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET WHERE:  Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Robert Lagos (207) 846-3063,  robert.lagos@aane.org, Wilma Wake (207) 985-8776,  wilma.wake@aane.org COST:  Free REGISTRATION:  Email or call Wilma Wake (207) 985-8776,  wilma.wake@aane.org, to register so that she can send…

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Online LOCAL Florence, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 12/06/20, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM EDT

December 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group is for post-high school adults with an Asperger/autism spectrum profile living within commuting distance of Florence, Massachusetts. Adult support groups are designed to create a community of support that participants can share similar issues and concerns, and celebrate successes.  Groups are designed for adults on the spectrum.  Parents and other adult family members should not attend the groups. WHEN: Sunday, December 6, 2020 TIME: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Trish Huff COST: Free REGISTRATION: You must email Trish…

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$10

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Women (35-50), 12/7/20 – 2/8/21, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This “closed” support group is designed for women (35-50) who are on the autism spectrum. Through this “closed” support group, women (35-50) can build an ongoing connection with a small community of other women. AANE “closed” support group for women also give women an opportunity to voice their concerns and frustrations. It also lets them acknowledge hard-won and unexpected victories. Common topics of discussion are: Masking/camouflaging Sensory sensitivities/overloads Relationships Self-care Empathy WHEN: 12/7, 12/14, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8…

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Online “Open” LifeNet Movie Monday: “Jingle Jangle” (2020), 12/7/20, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

December 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Watch the Netflix original Christmas movie, Jingle Jangle! The movie is described by IMBD as "an imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change their lives forever." Rated PG. AANE’s “LifeNet” Independent Living Support Program offers a variety of social activities to its clients. For a limited time, we are making some of the online LifeNet Social Activities available to a limited…

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$10

RESCHEDULED – AANE Webinar: Building Meaningful Relationships – Dating, 12/7/20, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

December 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Karen only really dated for the first time when she was 37 years old. By then she'd been married twice, among other relationship adventures. In that time between her second and current third marriage, she cultivated some simple lessons that helped her understand what dating was (and wasn't), and ensure a healthy approach to sex, love, and rejection. Our goal for this session is a candid conversation about different ways to approach relationships and dating while autistic. The webinar…

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Free

Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Westwood, MA), 12/7/20, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

December 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Socialize, and play games! This is a great FREE opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome many new AANE members! WHEN: Monday, December 7, 2020 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST: Stephen Nadel COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Gay Men, 12/7/20, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Are you a gay man in the AANE community? Have you ever wanted to share your thoughts and experiences with other gay men on the spectrum? Join us! WHEN: Monday, December 7 2020 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Guy Ronen COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder.…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Adults over 50, 12/7/20, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Are you an adult, age 50 or over, with an Asperger’s or related autism spectrum profile?  Meet others who may have been diagnosed later in life and share the unique concerns and issues that come with later awareness in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Monday, December 7, 2020 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (social hour), 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET (meeting) WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Anastasia O’Melveny and Victor Skowronski Current and regular members: please email group facilitator Anastasia…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents: Coping with your Older Teen or Adult Child’s Radical Views or Biases, 12/7/20, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET

December 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: AANE is hosting a one-time Community Connection session for parents of older teens and adults who are concerned that their child has developed extreme radical views or biases through participation in fringe online communities and/or from information read on extremist internet or social media sites. When these radical views are not in line with parental values, parents often feel unsettled, upset, and unsure of how to respond. ANNE's Executive Director, Dania Jekel, will facilitate this private, small-group discussion for…

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Online “Open” AANE Virtual Book Club for Adults, 12/8/20, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This book club started through a partnership between the Asperger/Autism Network and the Nashua Public Library (Nashua NH). Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this book club now meets online and is open to any post-high school adult with an Asperger/autism or related profile. The group meets every month to discuss a specific book (fiction or nonfiction). Post-high school adults on the spectrum are welcome to attend the meetings, whether or not they have finished the book selected for the meeting.…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Families of Individuals on the Spectrum, 12/08/20, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

December 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group meets on the second Tuesday of the month and provides support to family members of individuals with an Asperger/autism spectrum profile. Parenting can be demanding, frustrating, and at times stressful long after the child is grown, and adult children with Asperger/autism profiles can often have unique challenges. Parents of Adult Support Groups provide feedback, support, and perspective from peers on a variety of common issues, such as employment and independence.   WHEN: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 TIME: 6:30…

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Online “Open” LifeNet Virtual Concert: Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker, 12/9/20, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

December 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

DESCRIPTION:The AANE’s “LifeNet” Independent Living Support Program offers a variety of social activities to its clients. For a limited time, we are making some of the online LifeNet Social Activities available to a limited number of non-LifeNet clients. Now other adults on the spectrum (regardless of where they live) can experience the companionship and camaraderie that LifeNet offers to its clients. Join us as we watch Tchaikovsky's, The Nutcracker, as performed by the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest! WHEN: Wednesday, December 9, 2020. TIME:…

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Free

Online “Open” Meetup Event for Adults, 12/10/20, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET

December 10 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Are you interested in science or technology and looking for other people to discuss these topics with? Come join us for an AANE Virtual Meetup Event! More details and RSVP can be found on the AANE Meetup Group: AANE Adults WHEN: Thursday, December 10, 2020 TIME: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST: Kelly Urban COST: Free MORE INFORMATION + REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE EVENT & GROUP INFORMATION: All AANE programming is currently online. The following terms are used for different audience…

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Free

Online “Open” LifeNet Viewing Party: “TaskMaster – Series 4” for Adults, 12/10/20, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

December 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: AANE’s “LifeNet” Independent Living Support Program offers a variety of social activities to its clients. For a limited time, we are making some of the online LifeNet Social Activities available to non-LifeNet clients. Now other adults on the spectrum, regardless of where they live, can experience the companionship and camaraderie that LifeNet offers to its clients. Join us as we watch two episodes from the British competition gameshow: Taskmaster - Series 4! WHEN: Thursday, December 10, 2020 TIME: 3:00 PM –…

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Free

Online “Open”Netflix Watch Party for Adults, 12/10/20, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

December 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: AANE Netflix Watch Party where we can all come together (in an appropriately socially distant manner), celebrate both good movies and bad movies, socialize, and have fun. WHAT YOU NEED: In order to participate in this event, you will need: a Netflix account ** to use Chrome as your browser to download and install the NetFlix Party extension for Chrome. You can only watch movies with NetFlix Party on a PC or a Mac. We will use the built-in chat and screen sharing features within…

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Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 12/10/20, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Parenting in the time of COVID-19 is especially difficult due to restrictions on normal activity and interaction.  If you’re unsure how to provide structure with kids out of school, need some self-care, or if you’re feeling isolated from other adults and the community drop in to our community support sessions to connect with other parents via the Zoom online video conferencing links below.  Sessions will be facilitated by AANE’s Child and Teen Services staff who know firsthand the need…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Teens (13-19), 12/12/20, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM ET

December 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Plainview, NY) meets on the second Saturday of the month and is for individuals (ages 13-19) who are on the autism spectrum or who suspect they are. All AANE facilitated support groups provide information, connection, and community where participants can share similar issues and concerns and celebrate successes. Groups are designed for teens on the spectrum.  Parents and other family members should not attend the groups. WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2020 TIME: 11:00 AM –…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 12/12/20, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

December 12 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly "Brentwood, NY") meets on the second Saturday of the month and is for post-high school adults (ages 19+) who are on the autism spectrum or who suspect that they are. WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 2020 TIME: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Branden Plank COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive…

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Online “Open” LifeNet Movie Monday: “The Grinch” (2018), 12/14/20, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

December 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

DESCRIPTION:  AANE’s “LifeNet” Independent Living Support Program offers a variety of social activities to its clients. For a limited time, we are making some of the online LifeNet Social Activities available to a limited number of non-LifeNet clients. Now other adults on the spectrum (regardless of where they live) can experience the companionship and camaraderie that LifeNet offers to its clients through Movie/Mini-Series Mondays – a NetFlix Watch Party from 3-5 PM US ET Join us in watching 'The Grinch' where Grinch…

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FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 12/14/20, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

December 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Florence, MA) is for female-identified adults (age 18+) with an Asperger/autism spectrum neurodiverse profile.  Connect with others in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Monday, December 14, 2020 TIME: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Kim Davies COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to…

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FILLED – Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 12/14/20, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This whole quarantine thing has really messed up AANE Pizza & Game Nights everywhere.  We can’t bring you pizza, but we can bring you games and camaraderie. We will be playing three games: Quiplash from Jackbox Games – This game is a cross between Mad Libs and Apples to Apples. Players fill-in-the-blank in a phrase with the craziest answer and then the group votes to choose the best response. Fibbage from Jackbox Games – Bluff your way to victory playing Fibbage. Fill…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 12/14/20, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: The “open” support group (formerly Westwood, MA) provides the flexibility of occasional attendance, which can mean different participants joining from session to session. Come join other post-high-school adults (ages 18+) with an Asperger/autism spectrum or similar neurodiverse profile in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Monday, December 14, 2020 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Stephen Nadel COST: Free CAPACITY: 18 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Grandparents, 12/15/20, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

DESCRIPTION: This group embraces grandparents with grandchildren on the autism spectrum of any age children, teens, or adults and meets bi-weekly online on Tuesday mornings. This psychoeducational group is geared to grandparents and offers a balance of information about Asperger’s/Autism as well as strategies for successful experiences such as outings, play dates, and family events. WHEN: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 TIME: 10:00 AM -11:30 AM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Marcia Robinson COST: Free REGISTRATION: email or call Marcia for a brief orientation at 617-393-3824 ext…

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FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 12/15/20, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

December 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: The “open” support group (formerly Manhattan, NY) provides the flexibility of occasional attendance, which can mean different participants joining from session to session. This open group meets on the third Tuesday of the month and is for post-high school adults (ages 19+) who have an Asperger/autism spectrum profile or who suspect that they are on the autism spectrum. WHEN: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Dr. Kate Cody & Pat Schissel, LMSW  COST: Free GROUP CAPACITY: 30…

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Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Gender Identity Support Group for Adults, 12/15/20, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group always meets on the third Tuesday of the month and is for adults on (or near) the autism spectrum, who are interested in discussing and exploring their gender in a supportive setting. Most people who attend identify as transgender, nonbinary, and/or genderfluid, and some are questioning their gender identity or gender roles. Join us to share stories and perspectives, and to get support. This group is led by a peer moderator who identifies as autistic and transgender. NOTES: …

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Free

Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Fitchburg, MA), 12/16/20, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

December 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: (formerly "Fitchburg, MA") Socialize, and play games! This is a great FREE opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome many new AANE members! WHEN: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST: David Duval COST: Free GROUP CAPACITY: 30 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Parents of Adults, 12/16/20, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

December 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION:The “open” support group (formerly Providence, RI) provides the flexibility of occasional attendance, which can mean different participants joining from session to session. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and provides support to parents of individuals with an Asperger/autism spectrum profile. When it is safe to resume in-person meetings the group will be held in the Conference Room at Bradley Hospital, Providence, RI. WHEN: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 12/16/20, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Fathers’ Group is a place where fathers can share their experiences, support one another, and build their toolbox to parent more confidently. We will be having a good conversation over Zoom. Parenting can be demanding, frustrating, and at times stressful long after the child is grown. Children with Asperger/autism profiles can often have unique challenges. Parent Support Groups provide feedback, support, and perspective from peers on a variety of common issues.  Groups are meant strictly for parents and do…

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Online LOCAL NY “Open” Resource + Connection Session for Families of Teens, 12/16/20, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

December 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group is an opportunity for NY state parents of high school teens with Asperger/autism profiles to connect virtually with other parents and learn from AANE’s experienced NY staff about NY-based resources to help your teen make the most of high school and the transition to adulthood. Share experiences, build new bonds, and learn about resources to fortify forging ahead during these difficult times. WHEN: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom…

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Online “Open” LifeNet Morning Chair Exercises for Adults, 12/17/20, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

December 17 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

DESCRIPTION: Brighten up your morning by practicing guided chair exercises with LifeNet Personal Advocate, Melissa! The AANE’s “LifeNet” Independent Living Support Program offers a variety of social activities to its clients. For a limited time, we are making some of the online LifeNet Social Activities available to non-LifeNet clients. Now other adults on the spectrum, regardless of where they live, can experience the companionship and camaraderie that LifeNet offers to its clients. WHEN: Thursday, December 17, 2020 TIME: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET…

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Online LOCAL Danvers, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 12/17/20, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM ET

December 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group is geared towards adults who live within commuting distance of Danvers, MA. Come join other adults with an Asperger/autism spectrum or similar neurodiverse profile in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Thursday, December 17, 2020 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Gail Kastorf and Nick Gallop COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 12/17/20, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

December 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION:The “open” support group (formerly Manhattan, NY) provides the flexibility of occasional attendance, which can mean different participants joining from session to session. This open group meets on the fourth Tuesday* of the month and is for women (ages 19+) who have an Asperger/autism spectrum profile or who suspect that they are on the autism spectrum. WHEN: * Thursday, December 17, 2020 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Dena Gassner, MSW  & Pat Schissel, LMSW  COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Families of Adults, 12/20/20, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

December 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: The “open” support group (formerly Greater Hudson Valley, NY) provides the flexibility of occasional attendance, which can mean different participants joining from session to session. This open group meets one Sunday a month and is for parents, family members, and friends of adult individuals who have an Asperger/autism spectrum profile. Guest speakers are hosted every other month. WHEN: Sunday, December 20, 2020 TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Bonnie Kaplan & Judy Omidvaran COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants…

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Online LOCAL Florence, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 12/20/20, 3:00-5:00 PM ET

December 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group is for post-high school adults with an Asperger/autism spectrum profile living within commuting distance of Florence, Massachusetts. Adult support groups are designed to create a community of support that participants can share similar issues and concerns, and celebrate successes.  Groups are designed for adults on the spectrum.  Parents and other adult family members should not attend the groups. WHEN: Sunday, December 20, 2020 TIME: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Trish Huff COST: Free CAPACITY:15 participants REGISTRATION: You must…

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Online LOCAL Framingham, MA “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults, 12/21/20, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

December 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Socialize, and play games!  This group is geared to those who live within commuting distance of Framingham, MA, and is a great FREE opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome many new AANE members! WHEN: Monday, December 21, 2020 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST:  Nick Gallop COST: Free CAPACITY: 50 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Gay Men, 12/21/20, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Are you a gay man in the AANE community? Have you ever wanted to share your thoughts and experiences with other gay men on the spectrum? Join us! WHEN: Monday, December 21, 2020; additional dates 1/4/21, 1/18/21 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Guy Ronen COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Adults (formerly Providence RI), 12/23/20, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

December 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: The “open” support group (formerly Providence, RI) provides the flexibility of occasional attendance, which can mean different participants joining from session to session. This FREE group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. When it is safe to resume in-person meetings the group will be held in the Conference Room at Bradley Hospital, Providence, RI. WHEN: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 (upcoming dates 1/27, 2/24) TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 12/28/20, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

December 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Come join other post-high-school adults (ages 18+) with an Asperger/autism spectrum or similar neurodiverse profile in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Monday, December 28, 2020 (upcoming dates 1/11, 1/25) TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Stephen Nadel COST: Free CAPACITY: 18 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder.…

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Online LOCAL Boston, MA “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 12/29/20, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

December 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: AANE, in partnership with the Boston Public Library, has created a book discussion group for adults with an Asperger/autism or related profile. The group meets every month to discuss a specific book (fiction or nonfiction). Post-high school adults on the spectrum are welcome to attend the meetings, whether or not they have finished the book selected for the meeting. Books for the currently planned meetings are: December 29: The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie January 26: TBD February 23: TBD WHEN: Tuesday, December…

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January 2021

Free

Online LOCAL Portland, ME “Open” Support Group for Adults, 1/2/21, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

01/02/2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DESCRIPTION:  This open group meets on the first Saturday of each month and is for post-high school adults (ages 19+) who are on the autism spectrum or who suspect that they are.  This group is marked “LOCAL”, meaning it is intended for those within driving distance of the location. WHEN:  Saturday, January 2, 2021 TIME:  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET WHERE:  Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Robert Lagos (207) 846-3063,  robert.lagos@aane.org, Wilma Wake (207) 985-8776,  wilma.wake@aane.org COST:  Free REGISTRATION:  Email or call Wilma Wake (207)…

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$80

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Adults, 1/4/21 – 2/22/21, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM ET

01/04/2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: A closed support group has the same group members (up to 12) for a set number of sessions (8). Closed support groups are ideal for adults who are looking for deeper connections and more extensive peer support from group members. For the best support group experience, closed group members should plan on attending all 8 meetings in the series. This group offers a safe environment where adults on the spectrum can talk with like-minded people, share issues and concerns, and…

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Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Westwood, MA), 1/4/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/04/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Socialize, and play games! This is a great FREE opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome many new AANE members! WHEN: Monday, January 4, 2021 (upcoming dates 2/1, 3/1) TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Stephen Nadel COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the meeting…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Gay Men, 1/4/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/04/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Are you a gay man in the AANE community? Have you ever wanted to share your thoughts and experiences with other gay men on the spectrum? Join us! WHEN: Monday, January 4, 2021 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Guy Ronen COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Registration…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Adults over 50, 1/4/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/04/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Are you an adult, age 50 or over, with an Asperger’s or related autism spectrum profile?  Meet others who may have been diagnosed later in life and share the unique concerns and issues that come with later awareness in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Monday, January 4, 2021 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (social hour), 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET (meeting) WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Anastasia O’Melveny and Victor Skowronski Current and regular members: please email group facilitator Anastasia O’Melveny…

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Free

Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 1/5/21, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET

01/05/2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

DESCRIPTION: These meetings have been established to create a group discussion where LifeMAP coaches, Asper-coaches, and Members of the Asperger/Autism Professional Coaches Association (AAPCA) can share ideas and strategies on how to assist clients in various situations in coaching sessions. We also have the added guidance and expertise of coaches who have been with the program since its inception and these meetings have been designed to help coaches better meet a variety of needs with our clients. They are very…

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Gratis

Grupo de Apoyo en Línea para Padres de niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo/Asperger, 1/5/21, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

01/05/2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

DESCRIPCION: El grupo se reúne el primer martes de cada mes y está dirigido a padres y madres de niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo (perfil de Asperger). El grupo ofrece información sobre Asperger/Autismo y se comparten estrategias y experiencias sobre criar a niños y adolescentes con esta diagnóstico. CUANDO: Primer martes de cada mes HORA: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm DONDE: En línea via Zoom COSTO: Gratis FACILITADOR: Laura Perez REGISTRO SOPORTE TECNICO: Envía un email a laura.perez.ws si tienes preguntas sobre cómo utilizar la plataforma Zoom.…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Spouses/Partners, 1/5/21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/05/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Manhattan, NY) meets on the first Tuesday of the month and is for the spouses/partners that are in relationships with individuals who have an Asperger/autism spectrum profile. WHEN: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Leslie Sickels, LCSW & Pat Schissel, LMSW  COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should…

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Free

Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Support Group for Women (18-30), 1/5/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/05/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group is for those who identify as female between the ages of 18-30 and live within commuting distance of the AANE office in Watertown, MA. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. WHEN: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Allyson Linehan COST: Free REGISTRATION: is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes 24…

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Free

Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Springfield, MA), 1/6/21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

01/06/2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Socialize, and play games!  This is a great FREE opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome many new AANE members! WHEN: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (upcoming dates 2/3, 3/3) TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Linda Manning COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the meeting…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents of Adults (23+), 1/6/21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/06/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This Community Connection Session is for parents of adults (ages 23+) with an Asperger/autism profile. Adult family members or close friends of adults (over the age of 23) may also attend. The session is a free, simple, casual way for you to talk with other parents of adults on the spectrum, to reassure yourself that you are not alone no matter how socially distant you feel! Each session is facilitated by members of the AANE Adult Services Staff who…

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Free

Online LOCAL Salem, MA “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults, 1/7/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/07/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Socialize, and play games! This event is for those that are within commuting distance to Salem, MA, and is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome many new AANE members! WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2021 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST:  Nick Gallop COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Teens (13-19), 1/9/21, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM ET

01/09/2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Plainview, NY) meets on the second Saturday of the month and is for individuals (ages 13-19) who are on the autism spectrum or who suspect they are. All AANE facilitated support groups provide information, connection, and community where participants can share similar issues and concerns and celebrate successes. Groups are designed for teens on the spectrum.  Parents and other family members should not attend the groups. WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 2021 TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET WHERE: Online…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 1/9/21, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

01/09/2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly “Brentwood, NY“) meets on the second Saturday of the month and is for post-high school adults (ages 19+) who are on the autism spectrum or who suspect that they are. WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 2021 TIME: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Branden Plank COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Girls, 1/11/21 – 4/19/21, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

01/11/2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Registration is now open for the AANE’s Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Girls. This group is designed for parents and other adult family members of high school girls who have been diagnosed with Aspergers/Autism or other similar profiles. This small group setting limited to 15 participants allows parents to connect with each other and delivers a wealth of information. WHEN: 8 sessions: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19 TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Tweens, 1/11/21 – 4/5/21, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

01/11/2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group is designed for parents and other adult family members of tweens who have been diagnosed with Aspergers/Autism or other similar profiles. The “closed” support group provides a guaranteed spot over a set number of sessions, which creates an opportunity to develop deeper connections and receive extensive peer support from the same group members.  WHEN: 8 sessions: 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5 TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom CAPACITY: 15 members FACILITATOR: Laura…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Transition Age Youth (18-22), 1/11/21 – 4/19/21, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

01/11/2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This “closed” group is designed for parents and family members of Transition-Age Youth (18-22) who have been diagnosed with Aspergers/Autism or other similar profiles. WHEN: 1/11/, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19 TIME:  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Brenda Dater COST: The list price is $160 per participant for all 8 sessions. GROUP CAPACITY: 15 participants FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:  For programs and events that require a fee, financial assistance is available and no…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 1/11/21, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

01/11/2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Florence, MA) is for female-identified adults (age 18+) with an Asperger/autism spectrum neurodiverse profile.  Connect with others in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Monday, January 11, 2021 TIME: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Kim Davies COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder.…

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 1/11/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/11/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This whole quarantine thing has really messed up AANE Pizza & Game Nights everywhere.  We can’t bring you pizza, but we can bring you games and camaraderie. We will be playing three games: Quiplash from Jackbox Games – This game is a cross between Mad Libs and Apples to Apples. Players fill-in-the-blank in a phrase with the craziest answer and then the group votes to choose the best response. (8 players max) Fibbage from Jackbox Games – Bluff your way to victory playing Fibbage.…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 1/11/21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/11/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Come join other post-high-school adults (ages 18+) with an Asperger/autism spectrum or similar neurodiverse profile in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Monday, January 11, 2021 (upcoming dates 1/25, 2/8) TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Stephen Nadel COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the meeting date. Early…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Girls, 1/11/21 – 4/19/21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/11/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Registration is now open for the AANE’s Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Girls. This group is designed for parents and other adult family members of high school girls who have been diagnosed with Aspergers/Autism or other similar profiles. This small group setting limited to 15 participants allows parents to connect with each other and delivers a wealth of information. WHEN: 8 sessions: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00…

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$160

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Boys, 1/11/21 – 4/26/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/11/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group is designed for parents and other adult family members of high school boys who have been diagnosed with Aspergers/Autism or other similar profiles. This small group setting limited to 14 participants allows parents to connect with each other and delivers a wealth of information. WHEN: 8 sessions: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Stephanie Loo COST: $160 for the first family member and $40 for…

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Free

Online “Open” AANE Virtual Book Club for Adults, 1/12/21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

01/12/2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This book club started through a partnership between the Asperger/Autism Network and the Nashua Public Library (Nashua NH). Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this book club now meets online and is open to any post-high school adult with an Asperger/autism or related profile. The group meets every month to discuss a specific book (fiction or nonfiction). Post-high school adults on the spectrum are welcome to attend the meetings, whether or not they have finished the book selected for the meeting.…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Families of Individuals on the Spectrum, 1/12/21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/12/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group meets on the second Tuesday of the month and provides support to family members of individuals with an Asperger/autism spectrum profile. Parenting can be demanding, frustrating, and at times stressful long after the child is grown, and adult children with Asperger/autism profiles can often have unique challenges. Parents of Adult Support Groups provide feedback, support, and perspective from peers on a variety of common issues, such as employment and independence. WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 TIME: 6:30 PM –…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Support for Parents of Young Children (<12), 1/12/21 - 4/27/21, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET

01/12/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Registration is now open for AANE’s Online Closed Support Group for Parents of Young Children (<12). This group is designed for parents and other adult family members of young children who have been diagnosed with Aspergers/autism or similar profiles. This group is limited to 15 participants for caregivers to connect with one another and share information. WHEN: 1/12/21, 1/26/21, 2/9/21, 2/23/21, 3/9/21, 3/23/21, 4/6/21, 4/27/21 TIME:  7:00 PM- 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Amanda Bailey COST:…

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Free

Online “Open” Netflix Watch Party for Adults, 1/14/21, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

01/14/2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: AANE Netflix Watch Party where we can all come together (in an appropriately socially distant manner), celebrate both good movies and bad movies, socialize, and have fun. MOVIE: The Karate Kid (1984) TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Netflix Watch Party FACILITATOR: Nick Gallop COST: Free WHAT YOU NEED: In order to participate in this event, you will need: a Netflix account ** to use Chrome as your browser to download and install the NetFlix Party extension for Chrome. You can only watch movies with…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Transition Age Youth (18-22), 1/14/21 – 4/22/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/14/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This “closed” group is designed for parents and family members of Transition-Age Youth (18-22) who have been diagnosed with Aspergers/Autism or other similar profiles. WHEN: 8 sessions: 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET CAPACITY: 14 members WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Stephanie Loo Cost: $160 for the first family member and $40 for the second family member. Financial assistance options are available for 25%, 50% or 75% off of the registration cost. After you…

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Free

Online LOCAL Framingham, MA “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults, 1/18/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/18/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Socialize, and play games!  This group is geared to those who live within commuting distance of Framingham, MA, and is a great FREE opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome many new AANE members! WHEN: Monday, January 18, 2021 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST:  Nick Gallop COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Gay Men, 1/18/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/18/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Are you a gay man in the AANE community? Have you ever wanted to share your thoughts and experiences with other gay men on the spectrum? Join us! WHEN: Monday, January 18, 2021 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Guy Ronen COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder.…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 1/19/21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/19/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Manhattan, NY) meets on the third Tuesday of the month and is for post-high school adults (ages 19+) who have an Asperger/autism spectrum profile or who suspect that they are on the autism spectrum. WHEN: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Dr. Kate Cody & Pat Schissel, LMSW  COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not…

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Free

Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Gender Identity Support Group for Adults, 1/19/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/19/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group always meets on the third Tuesday of the month and is for post-high school adults on (or near) the autism spectrum, who live within commuting distance of Watertown, MA, and are interested in discussing and exploring their gender in a supportive setting.  Most people who attend identify as transgender, nonbinary, and/or genderfluid, and some are questioning their gender identity or gender roles. Join us to share stories and perspectives, and to get support. This group is led by a peer…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Parents of Adults, 1/20/21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/20/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group (formerly “Providence, RI”) meets on the third Wednesday of each month and provides support to parents of individuals with an Asperger/autism spectrum profile. When it is safe to resume in-person meetings the group will be held in the Conference Room at Bradley Hospital, Providence, RI. WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 (upcoming dates 2/17, 3/17) TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Toby Liebowitz COST: Free REGISTRATION: is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email.…

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Free

Online LOCAL Danvers, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 1/21/21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/21/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group is geared towards adults who live within commuting distance of Danvers, MA. Come join other adults with an Asperger/autism spectrum or similar neurodiverse profile in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Thursday, January 21, 2021 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Gail Kastorf and Nick Gallop COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should…

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Free

Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 1/21/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/21/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Parenting in the time of COVID-19 is especially difficult due to restrictions on normal activity and interaction.  If you’re unsure how to provide structure with kids out of school, need some self-care, or if you’re feeling isolated from other adults and the community drop in to our community support sessions to connect with other parents via the Zoom online video conferencing links below.  Sessions will be facilitated by AANE’s Child and Teen Services staff who know firsthand the need to…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Families of Adults, 1/24/21, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

01/24/2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Greater Hudson Valley, NY)  meets one Sunday a month and is for parents, family members, and friends of adult individuals who have an Asperger/autism spectrum profile. Guest speakers are hosted every other month. WHEN: Sunday, January 24, 2021 TIME: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Bonnie Kaplan & Judy Omidvaran COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam…

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$160

Online “Closed” Social/Support Group for Teens (14-17), 1/25/21 – 5/3/21, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

01/25/2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: AANE is offering an 8-week virtual group for teens aged 14-17 who identify as being on the Autism Spectrum or related diagnosis. This group is designed to provide teens with a safe space to feel connected to and engage with each other, while practicing their social skills in a facilitated setting. The group will be developed based on the interests and needs of the members WHEN: 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3 TIME: 4:00 PM – 5:30…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 1/25/21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/25/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Come join other post-high-school adults (ages 18+) with an Asperger/autism spectrum or similar neurodiverse profile in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Monday, January 25, 2021 (upcoming dates 2/8, 2/22) TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Stephen Nadel COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event date.…

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Free

Online Open Virtual Game Night for Adults, 1/25/21, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

01/25/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This whole quarantine thing has really messed up AANE Pizza & Game Nights everywhere.  We can’t bring you pizza, but we can bring you games and camaraderie. We will be playing three games: Quiplash from Jackbox Games – This game is a cross between Mad Libs and Apples to Apples. Players fill-in-the-blank in a phrase with the craziest answer and then the group votes to choose the best response. Fibbage from Jackbox Games – Bluff your way to victory playing Fibbage.…

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Free

Online LOCAL Boston, MA “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 1/26/21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

01/26/2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: AANE, in partnership with the Boston Public Library, has created a book discussion group for adults with an Asperger/autism or related profile. The group meets every month to discuss a specific book (fiction or nonfiction). Post-high school adults on the spectrum are welcome to attend the meetings, whether or not they have finished the book selected for the meeting. Books for the currently planned meetings are: January 26: TBD February 23: TBD March 30: TBD WHEN: Tuesday, January 26,…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 1/26/21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/26/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Manhattan, NY) meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month and is for women (ages 19+) who have an Asperger/autism spectrum profile or who suspect that they are on the autism spectrum. WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Dena Gassner, MSW  & Pat Schissel, LMSW  COST: Free REGISTRATION:  Registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not…

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Free

Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Fitchburg, MA), 1/27/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/27/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: (formerly "Fitchburg, MA") Socialize, and play games! This is a great FREE opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome many new AANE members! WHEN: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 (upcoming dates 2/24, 3/24) TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: David Duval COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults (formerly Providence RI), 1/27/20, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

01/27/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: (formerly “Providence RI”) This FREE group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. When it is safe to resume in-person meetings the group will be held in the Conference Room at Bradley Hospital, Providence, RI. WHEN: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 (upcoming dates 2/24, 3/24) TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Toby Liebowitz COST: Free REGISTRATION: is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 1/27/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/27/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Fathers’ Group is a place where fathers can share their experiences, support one another, and build their toolbox to parent more confidently. We will be having a good conversation over Zoom. Parenting can be demanding, frustrating, and at times stressful long after the child is grown. Children with Asperger/autism profiles can often have unique challenges. Parent Support Groups provide feedback, support, and perspective from peers on a variety of common issues.  Groups are meant strictly for parents and do…

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$60

FILLED – Online “Closed” Healthy Friendships and Intimate Relationships – 6 Session Workshop for Adults (18-40), 1/27/21 – 3/3/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

01/27/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Healthy Friendships and Intimate Relationships is an online, 6 session, psychoeducational workshop, and support group for adults ages 18-40. Psychoeducational groups offer opportunities to learn from experts and meet new people in a supportive environment. The workshop will focus on how to recognize unhealthy (toxic) friendships and intimate relationships, how to set boundaries and what to do when they are not respected, how to cope with jealousy, how to take care of yourself in order to promote healthy relationships,…

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Free

Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Holyoke MA), 1/28/21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

01/28/2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: (formerly "Holyoke, MA") Socialize, and play games! This is a great FREE opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome many new AANE members! WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 2021 (upcoming dates 2/25, 3/25) TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Linda Manning COST: Free REGISTRATION: is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the…

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$10

“Peter Boie: Magician for Non Believers” Live Stream Magic Performance, 1/31/21, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

01/31/2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join AANE for a virtual, live performance by award-winning magician, Peter Boie. The "Magician for Non Believers," Peter's live stream event is high energy, interactive, funny, and showcases incredible, interactive magic. During this one-hour show, everyone watching will be able to participate and have magic happen in their own minds and hands. In addition, Peter will interact with audience members in the chat room, while a few lucky people will be able to video call into the show to…

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February 2021

Free

Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 2/2/21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

02/02/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: These meetings have been established to create a group discussion where LifeMAP coaches, Asper-coaches, and Members of the Asperger/Autism Professional Coaches Association (AAPCA) can share ideas and strategies on how to assist clients in various situations in coaching sessions. We also have the added guidance and expertise of coaches who have been with the program since its inception and these meetings have been designed to help coaches better meet a variety of needs with our clients. They are very informative sessions that…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Boys, 2/2/21 – 5/4/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

02/02/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group is designed for parents and other adult family members of high school boys who have been diagnosed with Aspergers/Autism or other similar profiles. This small group setting allows parents to connect with each other and delivers a wealth of information. WHEN: 8 sessions: 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom CAPACITY: 14 members FACILITATOR: Stephanie Loo COST: $160 for the first family member and $40 for the second family member.…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Transition Age Youth (18-22), 2/2/21 – 5/18/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

02/02/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This closed group is designed for parents and family members of Transition-Age Youth (18-22) who have been diagnosed with Aspergers/autism or similar profiles. This group is limited to 15 participants for caregivers to connect with one another and share information. WHEN: 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 5/4, 5/18 TIME:  7:00 PM- 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Amanda Bailey COST: $160 for the first family member and $40 for the second family member for all 8…

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 2/8/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

02/08/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This whole quarantine thing has really messed up AANE Pizza & Game Nights everywhere.  We can’t bring you pizza, but we can bring you games and camaraderie. We will be playing three games: Quiplash from Jackbox Games – This game is a cross between Mad Libs and Apples to Apples. Players fill-in-the-blank in a phrase with the craziest answer and then the group votes to choose the best response. (8 players max) Fibbage from Jackbox Games – Bluff your way to victory playing Fibbage.…

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Free

Online “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 2/9/21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

02/09/2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

              WHEN: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST WHERE: Online  (registration is required in order to get the link to join the online meeting) BOOK: TBD HOSTS: Stephanie Goodner (book connoisseur) and Michele Cantara, Co-Director of Adult Services AANE COST: Free to attend (registration required) “Open” groups and programs have an undefined number of group members with new people coming and going on a regular basis. DESCRIPTION: This book club started through a partnership between the Asperger/Autism Network…

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Free

Online “Open” Asperger’s/Autism 101 – A Workshop for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 2/18/21, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

02/18/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This two-hour workshop will go over what you can expect raising a child/teen/young adult (through age 22) on the autism spectrum. We will cover core strengths and challenges, some ways to cope at home, advocating at school, transition planning, and more. WHEN: Thursday, February 18, 2021 TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST: Amanda Bailey COST: Free REGISTRATION: is required to receive the meeting link in a confirmation email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check…

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 2/22/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

02/22/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This whole quarantine thing has really messed up AANE Pizza & Game Nights everywhere.  We can’t bring you pizza, but we can bring you games and camaraderie. We will be playing three games: Quiplash from Jackbox Games – This game is a cross between Mad Libs and Apples to Apples. Players fill-in-the-blank in a phrase with the craziest answer and then the group votes to choose the best response. (8 players max) Fibbage from Jackbox Games – Bluff your way to victory playing…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 2/24/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

02/24/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Fathers’ Group is a place where fathers can share their experiences, support one another, and build their toolbox to parent more confidently. We will be having a good conversation over Zoom. Parenting can be demanding, frustrating, and at times stressful long after the child is grown. Children with Asperger/autism profiles can often have unique challenges. Parent Support Groups provide feedback, support, and perspective from peers on a variety of common issues.  Groups are meant strictly for parents and do not…

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March 2021

Free

Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 3/2/21, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

03/02/2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

                WHEN: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT WHERE: Online FOR: LifeMAP coaches, Asper-coaches, Members of the Asperger/Autism Professional Coaches Association WHAT: These meetings have been established to create a group discussion where coaches can share ideas and strategies on how to assist clients in various situations in coaching sessions.  We catch up on any new training ideas and/or workshops that address issues that are common topics of discussion.  How do…

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 3/8/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

03/08/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This whole quarantine thing has really messed up AANE Pizza & Game Nights everywhere.  We can’t bring you pizza, but we can bring you games and camaraderie. We will be playing three games: Quiplash from Jackbox Games – This game is a cross between Mad Libs and Apples to Apples. Players fill-in-the-blank in a phrase with the craziest answer and then the group votes to choose the best response. (8 players max) Fibbage from Jackbox Games – Bluff your way to victory playing…

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Free

Online “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 3/9/21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

03/09/2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

              WHEN: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST WHERE: Online  (registration is required in order to get the link to join the online meeting) BOOK: TBD HOSTS: Stephanie Goodner (book connoisseur) and Michele Cantara, Co-Director of Adult Services AANE COST: Free to attend (registration required) “Open” groups and programs have an undefined number of group members with new people coming and going on a regular basis. DESCRIPTION: This book club started through a partnership between the Asperger/Autism Network…

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 3/22/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

03/22/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This whole quarantine thing has really messed up AANE Pizza & Game Nights everywhere.  We can’t bring you pizza, but we can bring you games and camaraderie. We will be playing three games: Quiplash from Jackbox Games – This game is a cross between Mad Libs and Apples to Apples. Players fill-in-the-blank in a phrase with the craziest answer and then the group votes to choose the best response. (8 players max) Fibbage from Jackbox Games – Bluff your way to victory playing…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 3/31/21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

03/31/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Fathers’ Group is a place where fathers can share their experiences, support one another, and build their toolbox to parent more confidently. We will be having a good conversation over Zoom. Parenting can be demanding, frustrating, and at times stressful long after the child is grown. Children with Asperger/autism profiles can often have unique challenges. Parent Support Groups provide feedback, support, and perspective from peers on a variety of common issues.  Groups are meant strictly for parents and do…

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April 2021

Free

Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 4/6/21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

04/06/2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

                WHEN: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT WHERE: Online FOR: LifeMAP coaches, Asper-coaches, Members of the Asperger/Autism Professional Coaches Association WHAT: These meetings have been established to create a group discussion where coaches can share ideas and strategies on how to assist clients in various situations in coaching sessions.  We catch up on any new training ideas and/or workshops that address issues that are common topics of discussion.  How do we…

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 4/12/21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

04/12/2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This whole quarantine thing has really messed up AANE Pizza & Game Nights everywhere.  We can’t bring you pizza, but we can bring you games and camaraderie. We will be playing three games: Quiplash from Jackbox Games – This game is a cross between Mad Libs and Apples to Apples. Players fill-in-the-blank in a phrase with the craziest answer and then the group votes to choose the best response. (8 players max) Fibbage from Jackbox Games – Bluff your way to victory playing…

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