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January 2022

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FILLED – Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Adults, 1/18/22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

January 18 @ 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, January 18, 2022 TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have…

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$160

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Transition Age Youth (18-22), 1/18/22 – 3/8/22, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

January 18 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This closed group is designed for parents and family members of transition-age youth (18-22) who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s/autism or similar profiles. This group is limited to 12 participants for caregivers to connect with one another and share information. WHEN: ​​​​1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 TIME: 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Nancy Parker COST: $160 per participant GROUP CAPACITY: 12 participants FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: For programs and events that require a fee, financial assistance is…

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FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 1/18/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

January 18 @ 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 18, 2022 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 required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who…

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AANE Webinar: How to Find Public Benefits for Adults with Asperger’s/Autism in Any State, 1/18/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand.  See below for details. DESCRIPTION: This free webinar is designed for adults who are or who suspect they are on the spectrum, parents, other family members, and partners of individuals on the spectrum, as well as professionals who support individuals on the spectrum.   Figuring out what public benefits you need to live a fulfilling life can be complex and sometimes overwhelming.  There are:  —federal benefit programs, some of which are…

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$160

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Tweens (4th-9th grades) (evening), 1/18/22 – 5/3/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This group is designed for parents and other adult family members of tweens who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s/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: 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 5/3 TIME: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Amanda Bailey COST: $160 per participant…

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$80

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Men (18-30), 1/18/22 – 3/8/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION:  This “closed” support group has the same twelve group members for the eight sessions.  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 young men can talk with like-minded people, share issues and concerns, and celebrate successes. WHEN: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8,…

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Free

Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Gender Identity Support Group for Adults, 1/18/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 18 @ 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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Online “Open” Support Group for Parents of Adults, 1/19/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

January 19 @ 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 19, 2022 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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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Neurodivergent Transgender Adults (18+), 1/19/22 – 4/27/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This “closed” support group is designed for parents/family members of adults with Asperger/Autism profiles who identify as transgender or who are exploring or questioning their gender identity. We will meet for 8 sessions every other Wednesday. Gender identity is distinct from sexual orientation or preference.  Gender identity is one’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither–how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves.  Individuals with autism (which includes Aspergers) may be more likely to identify with a…

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Free

Online “Open” Science and Technology Meetup Event for Adults, 1/20/22, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET

January 20 @ 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, January 20, 2022 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, 1/20/22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

January 20 @ 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, January 20, 2022 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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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Boys, 1/20/22 – 4/21/22, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET

January 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

DESCRIPTION:  This group is designed for parents and other adult family members of high school boys who have been diagnosed with Asperger's/Autism or other similar profiles. This small group setting limited to 12 participants allows parents to connect with each other and delivers a wealth of information. WHEN: first meeting 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21 TIME: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom CAPACITY: 12 members FACILITATOR: Pam Palmucci COST: $160 per participant FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: For programs and…

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Free

Online LOCAL Danvers, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 1/20/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

January 20 @ 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 20, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Nick 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 confirmation…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” LifeMAP Informational Session, 1/20/22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This info session will provide an overview of the LifeMAP coaching program, coaching process, and next steps to apply. The session will also provide individuals with the opportunity to speak with LifeMAP staff and ask any questions. WHEN: Thursday, January 20, 2022 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom 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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$160

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Transition Age Youth (18-22), 1/20/22 – 4/28/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 20 @ 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 Asperger’s/autism or similar profiles. This group is limited to 12 participants for caregivers to connect with one another and share information. WHEN: ​​​​1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28 TIME: 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Stephanie Loo COST: $160 per participant GROUP CAPACITY: 12 participants FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: For programs and events that require a fee, financial assistance is…

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$10

Online Skill Building for LifeMAP Coaches and AAPCA Members: Accommodations and Disclosure – Helping Clients Navigate Employment Needs, 1/21/22, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

January 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Navigating employment expectations and environments can be challenging for our coaching clients. At times, it may be useful or necessary to request accommodations and/or disclose one’s diagnosis to promote success in employment. This workshop will cover the various factors that should be considered when supporting clients around these topics. SPEAKER: Jessica Sales Cohen is the Associate Director of LifeMAP at the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), as well as a LifeMAP coach. Jessica obtained her B.S.B.A. from Boston University School of…

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$80

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Women (50+), 1/21/22 – 3/11/22, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

January 21 @ 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: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4,…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Families of Adults, 1/23/22, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

January 23 @ 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: Sarah Szewczyk, Director of Outreach and Community Relations, NYSARC Trust Services, will share information about the special needs trusts, ABLE accounts, and planning for the future needs of individuals who have an Asperger/autism spectrum profile. WHEN: Sunday, January 23, 2022 TIME: 10:30…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Girls (afternoon), 1/24/22 – 4/18/22, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

January 24 @ 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 12 participants allows parents to connect with each other and delivers a wealth of information. WHEN: first meeting 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18 TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom CAPACITY: 12 members FACILITATOR: Debbie Curtiss COST: $140 per participant FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: For programs and…

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$160

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Transition Age Youth (18-22) (afternoon), 1/24/22 – 4/25/22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

January 24 @ 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 Asperger’s/autism or similar profiles. This group is limited to 12 participants for caregivers to connect with one another and share information. WHEN: ​​​​first meeting 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25 TIME: 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Brenda Dater COST: $140 per participant GROUP CAPACITY: 12 participants FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: For programs and events that require a fee,…

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$160

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Girls (evening), 1/24/22 – 5/2/22, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET

January 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 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 12 participants allows parents to connect with each other and delivers a wealth of information. WHEN: 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2 TIME: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom CAPACITY: 12 members FACILITATOR: Nancy Parker COST: $160 per participant FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: For programs and events that require…

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FILLED – Online “Closed” Social/Support Group for Teens (14-16), 1/24/22 – 3/14/22, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: AANE is offering an 8-week virtual group for teens aged 14-16 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: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 1/24/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

January 24 @ 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 24, 2022 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

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Women (50+), 1/24/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

January 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join us monthly for 1 new 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, January 24, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Trish Huff COST: Free CAPACITY: 20…

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 1/24/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 24 @ 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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Community Chat with AANE Executive Director, 1/25/22, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

January 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Meet AANE's new executive director Brenda Dater, for a live, online community chat. Whether you are an autistic adult, a family member, or professional serving the autism community, Brenda is looking forward to listening to all of the voices in our community and learning about what is most important to you. WHEN: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 TIME: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Brenda Dater, AANE Executive Director COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 1/25/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

January 25 @ 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 25, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Dena Gassner, MSW  & Pat Schissel, LMSW  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…

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$160

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Young Children (<12), 1/25/22 - 5/10/22, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET

January 25 @ 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 12 participants or caregivers to connect with one another and share information. WHEN: 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/26, 5/10 TIME:  7:00 PM- 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Amanda Bailey COST: $160 per participant GROUP CAPACITY: 15 participants FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:  For programs and events that require a fee, financial…

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Free

Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Support Group for Women, 1/26/22, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET

January 26 @ 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, January 26, 2022 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), 1/26/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 26 @ 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 26, 2022 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), 1/26/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

January 26 @ 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, January 26, 2022 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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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Gender Diverse Youth (14-18), 1/26/22 – 4/20/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This “closed” support group is designed for parents/family members of high school aged children with Asperger/Autism profiles who identify as transgender or who are exploring or questioning their gender identity. You are not alone! Individuals with autism (which includes Asperger's) may be more likely to identify with a gender/s that is different than the sex assigned at birth. The intersection of these two identities is common, but not often talked about in the same space. This group welcomes parents…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 1/26/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 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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Free

Online “Open” Science and Technology Meetup Event for Adults, 1/27/22, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET

January 27 @ 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, January 27, 2022 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, 1/27/22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

January 27 @ 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, January 27, 2022 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” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Holyoke MA), 1/27/22, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET

January 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 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 27, 2022 TIME: 5:30 PM – 6:30 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.…

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Free

Online “Open” Netflix Watch Party for Adults, 1/27/22, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

January 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION:  Join us on Teleparty to watch a movie together on Netflix. In order to participate in this event, you will need: a Netflix account ** to use Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your browser to download and install the Teleparty extension. You can only watch movies with Teleparty on a PC or a Mac. We will use the built-in chat and screen sharing features within Teleparty to interact. ** If you don’t have a Netflix account, you can sign up for a free 30-day Netflix trial account. …

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Free

Online “Open” Asperger/Autism 102: What’s Next? – A Workshop for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 1/27/22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Families are often unsure what to do upon learning their child or teen has an Asperger/autism diagnosis. Whether handed a report with dozens of recommendations or leaving a clinician’s office with none, this workshop will give you tools and ideas for a path forward. Topics include crafting a vision for your child and your family to help with decision making, figuring out the “right” services, getting started with educational advocacy, public supports, respite, and more. This presentation builds on information…

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$160

Online “Closed” Social/Support Group for Teen Artists and Makers (14-19), 1/31/22 – 3/21/22, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Do you like to make things? Do you enjoy connecting with other people around what you make? The focus of this group will be to connect with one another through our different and shared passions for making things! Whether you’re into DIY electronics, robotics, woodworking, arts & crafts, fiber arts, collaging, or another hands-on-hobby, everyone is likely to bring something different to this group. We will create a digital maker space where we share and work on our projects…

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Online LOCAL Framingham, MA “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults, 1/31/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 31 @ 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 31, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST:  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…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 1/31/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

January 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This is the first of 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, January 31, 2022 TIME: 6:30…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Gay Men, 1/31/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

January 31 @ 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 31, 2022 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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February 2022

Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Families of Individuals on the Spectrum, 2/1/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 1 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This open group (formerly Manhattan, NY) meets on the second 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 1, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online…

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Free

Grupo de Apoyo en Línea para Padres de niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo/Asperger, 2/1/22, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

February 1 @ 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: Amaya Salas Moggia REGISTRO SOPORTE TECNICO: Envía un email  amaya.salasmoggia@aane.org  si tienes preguntas sobre cómo utilizar la plataforma Zoom.…

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Free

Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 2/1/22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 1 @ 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 (21-35), 2/1/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 1 @ 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 1, 2022 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Allyson Linehan 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…

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Free

Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Springfield, MA), 2/2/22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

February 2 @ 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 2, 2022 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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$70

FILLED – Online “Closed” Creative Writers’ Group for Adults, 2/2/22 – 3/16/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: In this online creative writer’s group, participants will have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles, connect with fellow writers, and receive feedback on their work. We welcome writers of all creative genres—from short stories to poetry, screenplays, fan fiction, and more. In the first session, participants will get to know each other through discussion of their writing and related interests. At subsequent meetings, participants will give each other feedback on work they have shared prior to each session. The…

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$10

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Women (35-50), 2/3/22 – 3/24/22, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET

February 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 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 women on the spectrum (35-50) can talk with like-minded people, share issues and concerns,…

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Free

Online LOCAL Salem, MA “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults, 2/3/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 3 @ 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, February 3, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST:  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 the…

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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), 2/3/22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

February 3 @ 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. Please register by Wednesday, February 2, 2022 WHEN: Thursday, February 3, 2022 TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST: Amanda Bailey COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a…

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Free

Online “Open” Gender Identity Support Group for Adults, 2/3/22, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET

February 3 @ 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 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 moderator who identifies as autistic and transgender. NOTES:  No…

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Free

Online LOCAL Portland, ME “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/5/22, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

February 5 @ 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 5, 2022 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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$25

AANE Webinar: Being Your Authentic Self – What language do you use to identify yourself and why?, 2/6/22, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand.  See below for details. DESCRIPTION: In this session, three adults on the spectrum will explore how language usage related to autism has evolved over time.  They will share what language they use to identify themselves.  Do they say, "I am  autistic,"  or do they say "I am a person with autism"?  Do they identify with the term "Aspergers" or "Autism," or do they refer to themselves as neurodiverse? Do they…

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Free

Online LOCAL Florence, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/6/22, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM ET

February 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, February 6, 2022 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” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Westwood, MA), 2/7/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 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, February 7, 2022 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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Free

Online “Open” Discussion/Support Group for Adults over 50, 2/7/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 7 @ 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 7, 2022 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…

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Free

Online “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 2/8/22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

February 8 @ 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 8: Beloved by Toni Morrison March 8: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson April 12: It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis WHEN: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOSTS:  Stephanie Goodner and Michele Cantara…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Spouses/Partners, 2/8/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 8 @ 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 spouses/partners that are in relationships with individuals who have an Asperger/autism spectrum profile. WHEN: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Leslie Sickels, LCSW & Pat Schissel, LMSW  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 who do not receive the confirmation…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 2/9/22, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

February 9 @ 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 9, 2022 TIME: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR:  Kim Davies COST: Free CAPACITY: 8 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” Netflix Watch Party for Adults, 2/10/22, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION:  Join us on Teleparty to watch a movie together on Netflix. In order to participate in this event, you will need: a Netflix account ** to use Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your browser to download and install the Teleparty extension. You can only watch movies with Teleparty on a PC or a Mac. We will use the built-in chat and screen sharing features within Teleparty to interact. ** If you don’t have a Netflix account, you can sign up for a free 30-day Netflix trial account. …

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Free

Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 2/10/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 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 to…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Adults over 50, 2/11/22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

February 11 @ 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 11, 2022 TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  George Pelc 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), 2/12/22, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM ET

February 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 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 12, 2022 TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET WHERE: Online…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/12/22, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

February 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, February 12, 2022 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, 2/13/22, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 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.  (This…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/14/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 14 @ 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 14, 2022 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” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 2/14/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 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. (8 players max) Fibbage from Jackbox Games – Bluff your way to victory playing Fibbage.…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Gay Men, 2/14/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 14 @ 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 14, 2022 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, 2/15/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 15 @ 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 15, 2022 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 required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who…

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Free

Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Gender Identity Support Group for Adults, 2/15/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 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, 2/16/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 16 @ 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 16, 2022 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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Free

Online LOCAL Danvers, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 2/17/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 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, February 17, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Nick 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 confirmation…

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Free

Online “Open” LifeMAP Informational Session, 2/17/22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This info session will provide an overview of the LifeMAP coaching program, coaching process, and next steps to apply. The session will also provide individuals with the opportunity to speak with LifeMAP staff and ask any questions. WHEN: Thursday, February 17, 2022 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom 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” Support Group for Families of Adults, 2/20/22, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

February 20 @ 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, February 20, 2022 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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Free

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

February 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, February 21, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST:  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…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 2/22/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 22 @ 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 22, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS: Dena Gassner, MSW  & Pat Schissel, LMSW  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…

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Free

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

February 23 @ 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 23, 2022 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), 2/23/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 23 @ 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 23, 2022 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), 2/23/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

February 23 @ 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 23, 2022 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, 2/23/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

February 23 @ 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” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Holyoke MA), 2/24/22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 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, February 24, 2022 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.…

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Free

Online “Open” Netflix Watch Party for Adults, 2/24/22, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION:  Join us on Teleparty to watch a movie together on Netflix. In order to participate in this event, you will need: a Netflix account ** to use Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your browser to download and install the Teleparty extension. You can only watch movies with Teleparty on a PC or a Mac. We will use the built-in chat and screen sharing features within Teleparty to interact. ** If you don’t have a Netflix account, you can sign up for a free 30-day Netflix trial account.  Just…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Women (50+), 2/28/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: Join us monthly for 1 new 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 28, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Trish Huff COST: Free CAPACITY: 20 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced…

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March 2022

Free

Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 3/1/22, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET

March 1 @ 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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AANE’s 2022 Virtual Jody Acford Conference, MA Edition livestreamed 3/5 + 3/6 (recordings available 3/14- 5/9)

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

This conference is named in loving memory of Jody Acford -- dedicated parent and AANE community & board member. MA Edition - Non-Member Registration ($50)                      MA Edition - Member Registration ($40) DESCRIPTION: AANE's renowned Jody Acford Conference presents comprehensive information on the public and private benefits, services, and supports available to adults on the spectrum in Massachusetts and New York. This year's conference topics include financial planning and guardianship alternatives,…

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Free

Online “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 3/8/22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

March 8 @ 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 8: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson April 12: It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis May 10: Dune by Frank Herbert WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOSTS:  Stephanie Goodner and Michele Cantara…

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Free

Online LOCAL Boston, MA “Closed” Creative Kitchen – A 6 Session Workshop for Adults, 3/9/22 – 4/13/22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: Whether the thought of cooking a whole meal fills you with excitement, dread or something in between, this workshop is for you! The Creative Kitchen is designed to make success in the kitchen fun and attainable while building confidence and exploring new foods. Join chef Kate Libby, founder of the Creative Kitchen, for a virtual six-week cooking series to learn how to add simple cooking techniques to your daily life and brighten up your meals! Cooking involves a range…

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Free

Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 3/10/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

March 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 to…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults over 50, 3/11/22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

March 11 @ 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, March 11, 2022 TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  George Pelc 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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$25

AANE Webinar: Autism & Co-Occurring OCD – Treatment Considerations, 3/15/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

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

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand.  See below for details. DESCRIPTION: This webinar is intended for adults who are or who suspect they are on the spectrum, parents, other family members, and partners of individuals on the spectrum, as well as professionals who support individuals on the spectrum. Autistic individuals are at an increased risk of developing co-occurring psychiatric conditions such as anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at various points across the lifespan. However, these…

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Free

Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Support Group for Women, 3/23/22, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET

March 23 @ 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, March 23, 2022 TIME: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom…

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AANE’s 2022 Virtual Jody Acford Conference, NY Edition livestreamed 3/26 + 3/27 (recordings available 4/4- 5/30)

March 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

This conference is named in loving memory of Jody Acford -- dedicated parent and AANE community & board member. NY Edition - Non-Member Registration ($50)                       NY Edition - Member Registration ($40) DESCRIPTION: AANE's renowned Jody Acford Conference presents comprehensive information on the public and private benefits, services, and supports available to adults on the spectrum in Massachusetts and New York. This year's conference topics include financial planning and guardianship alternatives,…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women (50+), 3/28/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

March 28 @ 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 28, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Trish Huff COST: Free CAPACITY: 20 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 3/30/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

March 30 @ 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 2022

Free

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

April 7 @ 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 Adults over 50, 4/8/22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

April 8 @ 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, April 8, 2022 TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  George Pelc 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” AANE Book Club for Adults, 4/12/22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

April 12 @ 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 12: It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis May 10: Dune by Frank Herbert June 14: TBD WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOSTS:  Stephanie Goodner and Michele Cantara COST: Free CAPACITY: 20…

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Free

Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Support Group for Women, 4/27/22, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET

April 27 @ 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, April 27, 2022 TIME: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom…

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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), 4/28/22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

April 28 @ 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. Please register by Wednesday, April 27, 2022 WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 2022 TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST: Amanda Bailey COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a…

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