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January 2023

$10

Online Skill Building for LifeMAP Coaches and AAPCA Members – How to Help Your Clients Dress for Success and Understand Social Expectations Around Hygiene, 1/27/23, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

January 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: In this workshop, we will address how to understand the barriers our clients may experience in the areas of hygiene and dressing. We will look at "deep listening" to learn what the challenges are for clients and look at practical ways to address them. HOST: Dawn Stahlberg, LifeMAP Clinical Support and Supervisor, has 38 years of experience in Special Education. She has been providing services to individuals and families in a range of capacities, including providing consultation and training…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 1/30/23, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is our Open Support group for people of color (18+) with an Asperger/Autism profile. These spaces are peer-led and provide an opportunity for participants to explore how their multiple identities show up and address their specific needs, by sharing experiences and offering support to one another. We are running these meetings through the Winter and then will determine the next steps for future programming based on interest and feedback. WHEN: Monday, January 30, 2023 TIME: 6:00 PM –…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 1/30/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: (formerly Westwood, MA) 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 30, 2023 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. Registration closes 24…

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$160

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Young Children (<12), 1/31/23 - 5/16/23, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION:  This group is designed for parents and other adult family members of young children (<12) who have been diagnosed with Asperger's/autism or similar profiles. This group is limited to 16 participants or caregivers to connect with one another and share information. WHEN: 1/31, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16 TIME:  7:00 PM- 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Amanda Bailey COST: $160 per participant GROUP CAPACITY: 16 participants FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:  For programs and events that require a fee, financial…

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February 2023

Free

Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Springfield, MA), 2/1/23, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

February 1 @ 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, February 1, 2023 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Linda Manning 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 email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours…

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$80

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Adults, 2/1/23 – 3/22/23, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET

February 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 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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Gratis

Grupo de Apoyo en Línea para Padres de niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo/Asperger, 2/2/23, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 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: el 2 de febrero HORA: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET DONDE: En línea via Zoom COSTO: Gratis REGISTRO SOPORTE TECNICO: Envía un email  ilia.walsh@aane.org  si tienes preguntas sobre cómo utilizar la plataforma Zoom.…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Transition Age Youth (18-22), 2/2/23 – 9/7/23, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

February 2 @ 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 autism. This group is limited to 15 participants for caregivers to connect with one another and share information. WHEN: ​​​​​2/2, 3/2, 4/13, 5/4, 6/1, 7/6, 8/3,  9/7 TIME: 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Leslie Feinberg COST: $160 per participant 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” Gender Identity Support Group for Adults, 2/2/23, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET

February 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group always meets on the first Thursday of the month and is for post-high school 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. No autism diagnosis or certainty about gender identity is required to attend. This is a safe…

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Free

Online LOCAL Portland, ME “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/4/23, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

February 4 @ 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 who are on the autism spectrum or who suspect that they are and live within commuting distance of Portland, ME. WHEN:  Saturday, February 4, 2023 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 CAPACITY: 20 participants REGISTRATION:  Email or call Wilma Wake (207) 985-8776,  wilma.wake@aane.org, to register so that she can send you the…

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Free

Online LOCAL Florence, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/5/23, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM ET

February 5 @ 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 where 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, February 5, 2023 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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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Girls, (moved from 1/30) 2/6/23 – 4/3/23, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

February 6 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

DESCRIPTION:  This group is designed for parents and other adult family members of high school girls who have been diagnosed with Asperger's/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: 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3 TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom CAPACITY: 15 members FACILITATOR: Debbie Curtiss COST: $160 per participant FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: For programs and events that require…

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Free

Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Westwood, MA), 2/6/23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 6 @ 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, February 6, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Stephen Nadel 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 email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours…

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$25

Online “Open” Workshop – Autism and the IEP for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 2/6/23, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) for a workshop with Q&A for parents and guardians on the ins and outs of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for autistic students. Learn what our staff look for when conducting IEP reviews. Topics include: Autism-specific considerations for the parent input statement Evaluations Accommodations SMART goals The service delivery grid Post-secondary transition planning Please note: This workshop is NOT state specific AUDIENCE: This webinar is intended for parents of children, teens, and young adults who are attending…

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Free

Online “Open” Discussion/Support Group for Adults over 50, 2/6/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Are you an adult, over age 50, who identifies as an individual with an Asperger or related autism spectrum profile?  This group is a place for those over 50, to discuss a previously agreed to topic and share the unique concerns and issues that come with later awareness, in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2023 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 Newcomers: Prior…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” 2-Part Workshop – Home Management for Adults, 2/6/23 + 2/13/23, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

February 6 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION OF PART 1: Learning how to keep your space comfortable and conducive to personal needs (topics covered: cleaning, laundry, daily chores, etc.). DESCRIPTION OF PART 2: Debriefing session to discuss how it felt to implement concepts from last week’s topic, home management, into your life. Come to share your experience and learn from others! WHEN: February 6 + February 13, 2023 TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Rachel Semple COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration…

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Free

Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 2/7/23, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET

February 7 @ 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 informative sessions that…

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Free

Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Adults, 2/7/23, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

February 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This community connections discussion session is for adults on the spectrum. Participate in this free online discussion to connect with other adults with Asperger/autism profiles. Online sessions are hosted on the Zoom platform and are facilitated by AANE’s Adult Services staff who have years of experience with Asperger’s and who understand the challenges that this pandemic can pose. WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Google Meet COST: Free Thanks to the generosity of The…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Men (18-30), 2/7/23, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

February 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group offers a safe environment where young men can talk with like-minded people, share issues and concerns, and celebrate successes. WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 TIME: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Ryan Walsh 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 email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” 2-Part Workshop – Managing Your Space For Teens (14-19), 2/7/23 and 2/28/23, 6:30 PM -7:30 PM

February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: For some of us, your room or personal living space can feel like your sanctuary. Come discuss ways to make your space support your needs while maintaining it and keeping it functional. *Note, the first session will be a broad, educational overview of strategies, and the second session will reflect on their use in real life. WHEN: February 7 + February 28, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Allison Evans COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Families of Individuals on the Spectrum, 2/7/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Manhattan, NY) meets on the first Tuesday of the month and provides support to family members of individuals with an Asperger/autism spectrum profile. This includes grandparents, extended family, and siblings who have taken over the parental role or provide support to the individual on the spectrum. The aim of the group is to provide feedback, strategies, support, and perspective on a variety of common issues. WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online…

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$25

AANE Webinar: The Lost Generation of Older Autistic Adults, 2/7/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

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

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on demand.  See below for details. DESCRIPTION: Autism can remain hidden for a long, long time.  Many individuals in their 50s, 60s and beyond, as portrayed by the authors and survey respondents of Older Autistic Adults In their Own Words: The Lost Generation, suspect they may be autistic. They want to know whether it’s a good idea to get a diagnosis and they want to know how to better understand themselves.  …

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women (21-35), 2/7/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly “Watertown, MA”) is for those who identify as female between the ages of 21-35 and live anywhere. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Allyson Linehan COST: Free CAPACITY: 40 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…

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Free

Online “Closed” Berklee College of Music FREE Music Lessons Interest Series for Adults, 2/7/23 – 4/11/23, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: The Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education, is generously offering free group lessons to adults on the autism spectrum. Traditional instrument options include: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trombone, or Trumpet. Virtual or digital instruments available from the Bandlab for Education platform may also be used. For Fall 2022, lessons are both free and totally online. Adults with an Asperger profile who live anywhere can participate! This interest series lets up to 15 participants explore and grow as independent and…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 2/8/23, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

February 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Florence/Northampton, 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: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 TIME: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Kim Davies COST: Free CAPACITY: 11 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…

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$80

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Women (50+), 2/9/23 – 3/30/23, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This “closed” support group is designed for women (50+) who are on the autism spectrum. Through this “closed” support group, women (50+) can build an ongoing connection with a small community of other women. AANE “closed” support groups 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: 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23,…

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Free

Online “Open” Science and Technology Meetup Event for Adults, 2/9/23, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET

February 9 @ 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, February 9, 2023 TIME: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom COST: Free MORE INFORMATION + REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE AUDIENCE: AANE Adult Support Groups, Social Groups, and events are intended for post-high school adults on the spectrum who are able…

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Free

Online “Open” Modern and Ancient Science, Philosophy and Consciousness Meetup Event for Adults, 2/9/23, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

February 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  DESCRIPTION: Are you interested in contemplating deep questions about life, nature, and the universe? Come join us for AANE Meetup Event! We explore the answers given by modern and ancient science, philosophy and consciousness. More details and RSVP can be found on the AANE Meetup Group: AANE Adults WHEN: Thursday, February 9, 2023 TIME: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom COST: Free MORE INFORMATION + REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE AUDIENCE: AANE Adult Support Groups, Social Groups, and events are intended for post-high…

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Free

Online “Open” Social Group for Queer Adults (18-30), 2/9/23, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

February 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is an hour-long social group for queer folks on the spectrum ages 18-30. This is a safe space to socialize, share stories with, or gather support if needed from folks of similar experiences. This group hopes to provide community, comfort, and fun. The group is facilitated by a trans person on the spectrum. No autism (or related) diagnoses are required, nor is certainty about your queer identity. This is a safe space to explore all those things. WHEN: Thursday,…

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Gratis

Grupo de Apoyo en Línea para Padres de niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo/Asperger, 2/9/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

ESCRIPCION: El grupo está dirigido a padres de niños, adolescentes, jóvenes y adultos con autismo. Se reunen el primer jueves de cada mes a las 12 ETS y a las 6:30 pm el resto de jueves. Se encuentran para acompañarse, aprender, expresarse y compartir de manera amena y cálida. CUANDO: el 9 de febrero HORA: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET DONDE: En línea via Zoom COSTO: Gratis REGISTRO SOPORTE TECNICO: Envía un email  ilia.walsh@aane.org  si tienes preguntas sobre cómo utilizar la plataforma Zoom. DESCARGO…

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Free

Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 2/9/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This event is to help parents with a child with autism. 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 into our community support sessions to connect with other parents via the Zoom online video conferencing links below.  Sessions will be facilitated by AANE’s Individual and Family Services staff who know firsthand the need to maintain a balance for ourselves and…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults over 50, 2/10/23, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

DESCRIPTION: Come join other adults age 50+ with an Asperger/autism spectrum or similar neurodiverse profile in an atmosphere of support and understanding. The group meets on the second Friday of every month. WHEN: Friday, February 10, 2023 TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Wilma Wake COST: Free CAPACITY: 20 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…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Teens (15-19), 2/11/23, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM ET

February 11 @ 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 15-19) 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, February 11, 2023 TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/11/23, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

February 11 @ 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, February 11, 2023 TIME: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Branden Plank 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…

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Free

Online “Open” Knitting and Needlecraft Social Group for the AANE Community, 2/12/23, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

February 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Do you enjoy crafts such as knitting, crocheting, sewing, and embroidery? AANE has created a new online group for you! The group is open to everyone (adults on the spectrum, parents, and other adult family members) regardless of skill level or diagnosis. In addition to meeting online via Zoom, group members also have the option to participate in the AANE Knitting & Needlecrafts Online Discussion Forum, so that they can share tips, patterns, and positive encouragement in between meetings. …

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 2/13/23, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is our Open Support Groups for people of color (18+) with an Asperger/Autism profile. These spaces are peer led and provide an opportunity for participants to explore how their multiple identities show up and address their specific needs, by sharing experiences and offering support to one another. We are running these meetings through the Winter and then will determine next steps for future programming based on interest and feedback. WHEN: Monday, February 13, 2023 TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Women (50+), 2/13/23, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join us monthly for an open support group that offers women, age 50+, with autism, an opportunity to come together to explore issues such as: -Receiving a diagnosis later in life -Masking and Camouflaging -Finding Support; Building and Maintaining Relationships -Challenges Post Menopause; Decline of Executive Functioning -Mid-Life Identity -Managing Stress and Coping Strategies -Self-Care WHEN: Monday, February 13, 2023 TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Jenna O’Donnell COST: Free thanks to a generous grant from Felicity House…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 2/13/23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join us for camaraderie and fun! 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. Fill in the blank with your own creative, convincing answer. Everyone tests their skill by voting…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/13/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: (formerly Westwood, MA) 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, February 13, 2023 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. Registration closes 24…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Gay Men, 2/13/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 13 @ 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, February 13, 2023 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 you will receive a confirmation email. The facilitator will send the Zoom link for the group on the day of the event.  Registrants who do not receive…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/14/23, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET

February 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 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: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 TIME: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Olive Gallop COST: Free CAPACITY: 25 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. Registration closes 24 hours…

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Free

Online “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 2/14/23, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

February 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: The group meets online 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: February 14: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee March 14: The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival by Stanley N. Alpert April 11: Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity by Devon Price…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Partners of Autistic Individuals, 2/14/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Manhattan, NY) meets on the second Tuesday of the month and is for the neurotypical individual married to or in partnership with someone with an Asperger’s profile. WHEN: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Leslie Sickels, LCSW & Pat Schissel, LMSW  COST: Free CAPACITY: 60 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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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Adults (23-29), 2/14/23 – 5/23/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This “closed” support group is for parents who have an adult child 23-29 years of age. Other adult family caregivers may also register for this group. “Closed” support groups are ideal for parents and other adult  family caregivers who want to go beyond sharing their stories with newcomers each time at open support group meetings. “Closed” support groups: help participants establish a stronger connection with and get more extensive peer support from the same group members in a series of meetings. involve check-ins with members…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Parents of Adults, 2/15/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 15 @ 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, February 15, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Toby Liebowitz COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a…

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$80

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Women (18-35), 2/15/23 – 4/19/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: This “closed” support group is designed for women (18-35) who are on the autism spectrum. Through this “closed” support group, women (18-35) can build an ongoing connection with a small community of other women. AANE “closed” support groups 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: 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12,…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Grandparents of Autistic Individuals (moved from 2/9), 2/16/23, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is a new monthly support group for grandparents of autistic individuals. Come meet and talk with other grandparents, and share the joys and challenges of grandparenthood. WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2023 TIME: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Marica Robinson COST: Free CAPACITY: 20 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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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women (35-50), 2/16/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: This open group is for autistic women (no formal diagnosis required) between the ages of 35-50 from any location to join together in an atmosphere of support and understanding. WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Jenna O’Donnell COST: Free thanks to a generous grant from Felicity House 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…

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Gratis

Grupo de Apoyo en Línea para Padres de niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo/Asperger, 2/16/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

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

ESCRIPCION: El grupo está dirigido a padres de niños, adolescentes, jóvenes y adultos con autismo. Se reunen el primer jueves de cada mes a las 12 ETS y a las 6:30 pm el resto de jueves. Se encuentran para acompañarse, aprender, expresarse y compartir de manera amena y cálida. CUANDO: el 16 de febrero HORA: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET DONDE: En línea via Zoom COSTO: Gratis REGISTRO SOPORTE TECNICO: Envía un email  ilia.walsh@aane.org  si tienes preguntas sobre cómo utilizar la plataforma Zoom. DESCARGO…

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Free

Online “Open” Workshop – Asperger’s/Autism 101 for Adults, 2/16/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: A presentation and discussion for autistic adults to come and explore their understanding of autism through a neurological lens. We will discuss common misconceptions, the autistic identity, and common autistic traits, strengths, and challenges. This presentation is given by an autistic adult and a neurodivergent ally. You might enjoy this presentation and discussion if you are newly diagnosed (medically or self), or if you have only explored autism through a deficit lens in the past. WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2023…

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Free

Online LOCAL Danvers, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/16/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 16 @ 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, February 16, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Olive Gallop and Bob Waters 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…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Families of Adults, 2/19/23, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

February 19 @ 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. GUEST SPEAKER: Kerin Sweezey, Staff Manager at Spectrum Designs Foundation TOPIC: A historical overview of the mission of Spectrum Designs Foundation- Spectrum Designs, Spectrum Bakes, and Spectrum Suds will be presented along with some important roles and tasks within the organization. WHEN: Sunday,…

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Free

Online LOCAL Florence, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/19/23, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM ET

February 19 @ 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 where 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, February 19, 2023 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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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/21/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 21 @ 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, February 21, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Dr. Kate Cody & Pat Schissel, LMSW COST: Free CAPACITY: 25 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is requbheir email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event. Early registration is highly recommended as…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Men (18-30), 2/21/23, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group offers a safe environment where young men can talk with like-minded people, share issues and concerns, and celebrate successes. WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2023 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Ryan Walsh 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 email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior…

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Free

Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Gender Identity Support Group for Adults, 2/21/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 21 @ 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. No autism diagnosis or certainty about gender…

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Free

Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Support Group for Women, 2/22/23, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group is for those who identify as female and live within commuting distance of Watertown, MA. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Discussions will focus on what it means to be an independent adult, sexuality, safety, mother/daughter relationships, managing anxiety and sensory issues associated with autism, employment challenges and successes, being a woman on the autism spectrum, friendships and relationships. WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 TIME: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom…

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Free

Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Fitchburg, MA), 2/22/23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 22 @ 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, February 22, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: David Duval 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 email should check their email spam folder. Registration…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults (formerly Providence RI), 2/22/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 22 @ 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, February 22, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Toby Liebowitz 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…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 2/22/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 22 @ 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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Free

Online “Open” Science and Technology Meetup Event for Adults, 2/23/23, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET

February 23 @ 2:30 am - 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, February 23, 2023 TIME: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom COST: Free MORE INFORMATION + REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE AUDIENCE: AANE Adult Support Groups, Social Groups, and events are intended for post-high school adults on the spectrum who are able…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Adults, 2/23/23, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is an hour-long support group for LGBTQIA+ folks on the spectrum. It is a safe space to find community, share stories with, or gather support if needed from folks of similar experiences. This group hopes to provide support and comfort. The group is facilitated by a trans person on the spectrum. No autism (or related) diagnoses are required, nor is certainty about your queer identity. This is a space to explore all those things. It is also for…

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Free

Online “Open” Modern and Ancient Science, Philosophy and Consciousness Meetup Event for Adults, 2/23/23, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Are you interested in contemplating deep questions about life, nature, and the universe? Come join us for AANE Meetup Event! We explore the answers given by modern and ancient science, philosophy and consciousness. More details and RSVP can be found on the AANE Meetup Group: AANE Adults WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2023 TIME: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom COST: Free MORE INFORMATION + REGISTRATION AVAILABLE HERE AUDIENCE: AANE Adult Support Groups, Social Groups, and events are intended for post-high school…

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Free

Online “Open” Movie Discussion Group for Adults – Epic Night of Undeniable Awesomeness, 2/23/23, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  DESCRIPTION: Calling all movie lovers! Join us for a discussion on all things movies! Each month we will have a question in the description that will guide our group for the evening. Bring popcorn and opinions. TOPIC: What movies do you hate? WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2023 TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Olive Gallop and Bodhi Breese COST: Free CAPACITY: 15 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 2/27/23, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is our Open Support group for people of color (18+) with an Asperger/Autism profile. These spaces are peer-led and provide an opportunity for participants to explore how their multiple identities show up and address their specific needs, by sharing experiences and offering support to one another. We are running these meetings through the Winter and then will determine the next steps for future programming based on interest and feedback. WHEN: Monday, February 27, 2023 TIME: 6:00 PM –…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Women (50+), 2/27/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join us monthly for an open support group that offers women, age 50+, with Asperger/autism or similar neuro-diverse profiles, an opportunity to come together to explore issues such as: -Receiving a diagnosis later in life -Masking and Camouflaging -Finding Support; Building and Maintaining Relationships -Challenges Post Menopause; Decline of Executive Functioning -Mid-Life Identity -Managing Stress and Coping Strategies -Self-Care WHEN: Monday, February 27, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Trish Huff COST: Free CAPACITY: 20 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration…

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Free

Online LOCAL Framingham, MA “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults, 2/27/23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 27 @ 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 welcome many new AANE members! WHEN: Monday, February 27, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST:  Olive 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…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/27/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: (formerly Westwood, MA) 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, February 27, 2023 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. Registration closes 24…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 2/28/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 28 @ 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, February 28, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Dena Gassner, MSW  & Pat Schissel, LMSW  COST: Free CAPACITY: 40 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who…

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March 2023

Free

Online “Open” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 3/6/23, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is our Open Support Groups for people of color (18+) with an Asperger/Autism profile. These spaces are peer led and provide an opportunity for participants to explore how their multiple identities show up and address their specific needs, by sharing experiences and offering support to one another. We are running these meetings through the Winter and then will determine next steps for future programming based on interest and feedback. WHEN: Monday, March 6, 2023 TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00…

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Free

Online “Open” 2-Part Workshop – Nutrition Planning and Management for Adults, 3/6/23 + 3/20/23, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

March 6 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION OF PART 1: Discussion and practice in considering and planning how to give your body the nourishment it needs to support you in daily life. DESCRIPTION OF PART 2: Debriefing session to discuss how it felt to implement concepts from last session's topic, nutrition planning and management, into your life. Come to share your experience and learn from others! WHEN: March 6 + March 20, 2023 TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Rachel Semple…

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$160

Online “Closed” Social/Support Group for Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Expansive Teens (14-19), 3/7/23 – 4/25/23, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: AANE is offering an 8-week virtual group for trans, non-binary, and gender expansive teens aged 14-19 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: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 TIME: 6:00…

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Free

Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 3/7/23, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

March 7 @ 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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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 3/8/23, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

March 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Florence/Northampton, 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: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 TIME: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Kim Davies COST: Free CAPACITY: 11 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…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Grandparents of Autistic Individuals, 3/9/23, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

March 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is a new monthly support group for grandparents of autistic individuals. Come meet and talk with other grandparents, and share the joys and challenges of grandparenthood. WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 2023 TIME: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Marica Robinson COST: Free CAPACITY: 20 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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$160

Online “Closed” Social/Support Group for Teens (17-19), 3/9/23 – 4/27/23, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: AANE is offering an 6-week virtual group for teens aged 17-19 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: 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET…

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Free

Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 3/9/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This event is to help parents with a child with autism. 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 into our community support sessions to connect with other parents via the Zoom online video conferencing links below.  Sessions will be facilitated by AANE’s Individual and Family Services staff who know firsthand the need to maintain a balance for ourselves and…

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 3/13/23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

March 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join us for camaraderie and fun! 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. Fill in the blank with your own creative, convincing answer. Everyone tests their skill by voting…

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Free

Online “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 3/14/23, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: The group meets online 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: March 14: The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival by Stanley N. Alpert April 11: Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity by Devon Price May 9: TBD WHEN: Tuesday, March 14, 2023 TIME: 6:00…

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Free

Online “Open” 2-Part Workshop – Conflict Resolution For Teens (14-19), 3/14/23 and 3/28/23, 6:30 PM -7:30 PM

March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Conflict with your friends and family can be challenging, emotional, and overwhelming. Come learn ways to approach difficult conversations in ways that make you and those around you feel safe and supported. *Note, the first session will be a broad, educational overview of strategies, and the second session will reflect on their use in real life. WHEN: March 14 + March 28, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Allison Evans COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Partners of Autistic Individuals, 3/14/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Manhattan, NY) meets on the second Tuesday of the month and is for the neurotypical individual married to or in partnership with someone with an Asperger’s profile. WHEN: Tuesday, March 14, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Leslie Sickels, LCSW & Pat Schissel, LMSW  COST: Free CAPACITY: 60 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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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women (50+), 3/20/23, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

March 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join us monthly for an open support group that offers women, age 50+, with autism, an opportunity to come together to explore issues such as: -Receiving a diagnosis later in life -Masking and Camouflaging -Finding Support; Building and Maintaining Relationships -Challenges Post Menopause; Decline of Executive Functioning -Mid-Life Identity -Managing Stress and Coping Strategies -Self-Care WHEN: Monday, March 20, 2023 TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Jenna O’Donnell COST: Free thanks to a generous grant from Felicity House…

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$25

AANE Webinar: Should You Train Your Own Service Dog?, 3/21/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on demand.  See below for details. DESCRIPTION: Service dogs are trained to help individuals with disabilities with specific tasks or duties. For autistic individuals these may include providing deep pressure to help with self-regulation and head off overwhelm, reminders to engage in self-care, or alerts or interruptions to symptoms (such as anxiety attacks or self-directed behavior). Because service dogs are defined by the ADA as assistive equipment, disabled individuals have legal…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Adults, 3/23/23, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is an hour-long support group for LGBTQIA+ folks on the spectrum. It is a safe space to find community, share stories with, or gather support if needed from folks of similar experiences. This group hopes to provide support and comfort. The group is facilitated by a trans person on the spectrum. No autism (or related) diagnoses are required, nor is certainty about your queer identity. This is a space to explore all those things. It is also for…

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Free

Online “Open” Workshop – Asperger’s/Autism 101 for Adults, 3/23/23, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: A presentation and discussion for autistic adults to come and explore their understanding of autism through a neurological lens. We will discuss common misconceptions, the autistic identity, and common autistic traits, strengths, and challenges. This presentation is given by an autistic adult and a neurodivergent ally. You might enjoy this presentation and discussion if you are newly diagnosed (medically or self), or if you have only explored autism through a deficit lens in the past. WHEN: Thursday, March 23, 2023…

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AANE’s 2023 Virtual Jody Acford Conference, 3/25 + 3/26 (Livestreamed + Recorded Presentations)

March 25 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on 03/26/2023 at 9:00 am

This conference is named in loving memory of Jody Acford -- dedicated parent and AANE community & board member. Register Non-Member ($50)                       Register Member ($40) DESCRIPTION: AANE's landmark 2023 Virtual Jody Acford Conference will include live and recorded presentations on public and private benefits, services, and supports available to adults on the spectrum for residents in Massachusetts, New York, and nationwide. Conference topics include financial planning and guardianship alternatives, healthcare, housing,…

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AANE’s 2023 Virtual Jody Acford Conference, 3/25 + 3/26 (Livestreamed + Recorded Presentations)

March 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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One event on 03/26/2023 at 9:00 am

This conference is named in loving memory of Jody Acford -- dedicated parent and AANE community & board member. Register Non-Member ($50)                       Register Member ($40) DESCRIPTION: AANE's landmark 2023 Virtual Jody Acford Conference will include live and recorded presentations on public and private benefits, services, and supports available to adults on the spectrum for residents in Massachusetts, New York, and nationwide. Conference topics include financial planning and guardianship alternatives, healthcare, housing,…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 3/27/23, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

March 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is our Open Support Groups for people of color (18+) with an Asperger/Autism profile. These spaces are peer led and provide an opportunity for participants to explore how their multiple identities show up and address their specific needs, by sharing experiences and offering support to one another. We are running these meetings through the Winter and then will determine next steps for future programming based on interest and feedback. WHEN: Monday, March 27, 2023 TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00…

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 3/27/23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join us for camaraderie and fun! 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. Fill in the blank with your own creative, convincing answer. Everyone tests their skill by voting…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women (50+), 3/27/23, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join us monthly for an open support group that offers women, age 50+, with Asperger/autism or similar neuro-diverse profiles, an opportunity to come together to explore issues such as: -Receiving a diagnosis later in life -Masking and Camouflaging -Finding Support; Building and Maintaining Relationships -Challenges Post Menopause; Decline of Executive Functioning -Mid-Life Identity -Managing Stress and Coping Strategies -Self-Care WHEN: Monday, March 27, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Trish Huff COST: Free CAPACITY: 20 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 3/29/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

March 29 @ 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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April 2023

Free

Online “Open” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 4/3/23, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is our Open Support Groups for people of color (18+) with an Asperger/Autism profile. These spaces are peer led and provide an opportunity for participants to explore how their multiple identities show up and address their specific needs, by sharing experiences and offering support to one another. We are running these meetings through the Winter and then will determine next steps for future programming based on interest and feedback. WHEN: Monday, April 3, 2023 TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00…

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$25

Online “Open” Autism and the IEP – A Workshop for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 4/3/23, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) for a workshop with Q&A for parents and guardians on the ins and outs of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for autistic students. Learn what our staff look for when conducting IEP reviews. Topics include: Autism-specific considerations for the parent input statement Evaluations Accommodations SMART goals The service delivery grid Post-secondary transition planning Please note: This workshop is NOT state specific AUDIENCE: This webinar is intended for parents of children, teens, and young adults who are attending…

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Free

Online “Open” 2-Part Workshop – Leisure for Adults, 4/3/23 + 4/10/23, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

April 3 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION OF PART 1: Brainstorming and identifying different ways to plan for ways to relax, feel restored, and enjoy free time. DESCRIPTION OF PART 2: Debriefing session to discuss how it felt to implement concepts from last week’s topic, leisure, into your life. Come to share your experience and learn from others! WHEN: April 3 + April 10, 2023 TIME: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Rachel Semple COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After…

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Free

Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 4/4/23, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET

April 4 @ 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 informative sessions that…

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Free

Online “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 4/11/23, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: The group meets online 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: April 11: Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity by Devon Price May 9: TBD June 13: TBD WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 2023 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOSTS:  Stephanie Goodner and Michele…

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Free

Online “Open” 2-Part Workshop – Grooming and Healthy Living For Teens (14-19), 4/11/23 and 4/25/23, 6:30 PM -7:30 PM

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Sometimes, taking care of yourself can be the hardest task of the day. Come learn ways to build a grooming routine that helps you take care of you even when life gets busy and overwhelming. *Note, the first session will be a broad, educational overview of strategies, and the second session will reflect on their use in real life. WHEN: April 11 + April 25, 2023 TIME: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Allison Evans…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Grandparents of Autistic Individuals, 4/13/23, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is a new monthly support group for grandparents of autistic individuals. Come meet and talk with other grandparents, and share the joys and challenges of grandparenthood. WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2023 TIME: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Marica Robinson COST: Free CAPACITY: 20 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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Free

Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 4/20/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This event is to help parents with a child with autism. 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 into our community support sessions to connect with other parents via the Zoom online video conferencing links below.  Sessions will be facilitated by AANE’s Individual and Family Services staff who know firsthand the need to maintain a balance for ourselves and…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 4/26/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

April 26 @ 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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