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October 2022

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Online LOCAL Portland, ME “Open” Support Group for Adults, 10/1/22, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

October 1 @ 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, October 1, 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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Online LOCAL Florence, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 10/2/22, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM ET

October 2 @ 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, October 2, 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” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 10/3/22, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

October 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 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, October 3, 2022 TIME: 12:00 PM…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of High School Girls, 10/3/22 – 11/28/22, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

October 3 @ 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: 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28 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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$160

Online “Closed” Group for Teen Artists and Makers (14-19), 9/12/22 – 11/7/22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 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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$70

FILLED – Online “Closed” Exploring Our Sensory Experiences – A Journaling Workshop for Adults, 10/3/22 – 11/21/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION:  Individuals on the spectrum often have unusual abilities to connect with and understand the natural world. Join internationally renowned author and anthropologist Dawn Prince Huges for an online 7 session journal writing workshop and explore how your sensory experiences inform your personal narrative, sense of place and purpose, and responsibility to self and the larger world. Each week of the series will include: - Topical readings from current and historically significant writers - Writing prompts for journal writing, defined…

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Free

Online “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Westwood, MA), 10/3/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 3 @ 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, October 3, 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” Support Group for Gay Men, 10/3/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 3 @ 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, October 3, 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” Discussion/Support Group for Adults over 50, 10/3/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 3 @ 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, October 3, 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 Newcomers: Prior…

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Free

Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Adults, 10/4/22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

October 4 @ 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, October 4, 2022 TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Google Meet COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 registrants Thanks to the…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Men (18-30), 10/4/22, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

October 4 @ 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, October 4, 2022 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

Online “Open” Support Group for Families of Individuals on the Spectrum, 10/4/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 4 @ 6:30 pm - 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, October 4, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online…

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Free

Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 10/4/22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 4 @ 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), 10/4/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 4 @ 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, October 4, 2022 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 “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Springfield, MA), 10/5/22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

October 5 @ 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, October 5, 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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Gratis

CANCELADO – El Taller en Línea Educación Financiera de PwC: Prevención del Fraude Financiero – un Taller para Adultos, 10/5/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPCIÓN: Únase a nosotros en este taller de educación financiera de 2 horas dirigido por voluntarios de PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). (El personal de la AANE también estará disponible). El taller cubrirá la identificación de fraude, robo de identidad, “phishing” y otras estafas y cómo proteger su información personal. CUANDO: miércoles, 5 de octubre de 2022 TIEMPO: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET DÓNDE: En línea a través de Zoom HOSPEDADORES: Personal de PwC, Ilia Walsh y Yesica Hickey COSTO: Gratis CAPACIDAD:…

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Gratis

Grupo de Apoyo en Línea para Padres de niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo/Asperger, 10/6/22, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

October 6 @ 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 6 de octubre 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. DESCARGO…

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Free

Online “Open” Science and Technology Meetup Event for Adults, 10/6/22, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET

October 6 @ 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, October 6, 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, 10/6/22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

October 6 @ 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, October 6, 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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$10

FILLED – Online “Closed” Support Group for Women (35-50), 10/6/22 – 12/8/22, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET

October 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: This “closed” support group is designed for women (35-50) who are on the autism spectrum. Through this “closed” support group, women (35-50) can build an ongoing connection with a small community of other women. AANE “closed” support 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: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8…

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$25

AANE Webinar: Detecting and Diagnosing Autism in Women, 10/6/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

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

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand.  See below for details. DESCRIPTION: Autistic women often go unrecognized and undiagnosed.  As a result, studies suggest that the ratio of autistic males to autistic females is around 3 to 1.  This webinar will: Explore how the traits of autistic individuals who identify as female often differ from those of autistic men Discuss why autistic women are often diagnosed so much later in life Point out what families of girls…

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Free

Online LOCAL Salem, MA “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults, 10/6/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 6 @ 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, October 6, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST:  Nicki Gallop COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive…

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Free

Online “Open” Gender Identity Support Group for Adults, 10/6/22, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET

October 6 @ 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

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Teens (15-19), 10/8/22, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM ET

October 8 @ 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, October 8, 2022 TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 10/8/22, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

October 8 @ 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, October 8, 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 confirmation…

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Free

Online “Open” Knitting and Needlecraft Social Group for the AANE Community, 10/9/22, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

October 9 @ 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

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 10/11/22, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET

October 11 @ 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, October 11, 2022 TIME: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Nicki 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 prior…

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Free

Online “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 10/11/22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

October 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: October 11: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath November 8: The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov December 13: We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Michael Garcia WHEN: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Spouses/Partners, 10/11/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 11 @ 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, October 11, 2022 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

FILLED – Online “Open” Self Regulation – A 2-Part Workshop for Teens (14-19), 10/11/22 + 10/25/22, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: Do you find yourself experiencing waves of discomfort and extreme emotions throughout the day? Is this interfering with your ability to do what you want and need to do every day? Come learn some helpful strategies to manage these highs and lows and how to stop them before they happen so you can find more control in your day. *Note, the first session will be a broad, educational overview on strategies, and the second will be reflecting on the…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Gender Diverse Youth (14-18), 10/12/22 – 2/1/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 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 Grandparents of Autistic Individuals, 10/13/22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

October 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, October 13, 2022 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…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Transition Age Youth (18-22), 10/13/22 – 12/8/22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

October 13 @ 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: ​​​​​10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8 TIME: 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Brenda Dater COST: $160 per participant GROUP CAPACITY: 12 participants FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: For programs and events that require a fee, financial assistance is available and no one…

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Free

Online “Open” Social Group for Queer Adults (18-30), 10/13/22, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

October 13 @ 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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Grupo de Apoyo en Línea para Padres de niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes con Autismo/Asperger, 10/13/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 13 @ 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 13 de octubre 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

FILLED – Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 10/13/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 13 @ 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.  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 Child…

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$160

Online “Closed” Support Group for Parents of Adults (30+), 10/13/22 – 1/12/23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: This “closed” support group is for parents who have an adult child 30 years or older. 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

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Adults over 50, 10/14/22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

October 14 @ 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, October 14, 2022 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 LOCAL Florence, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 10/16/22, 3:00 PM -5:00 PM ET

October 16 @ 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, October 16, 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” Support Group for Women (50+), 10/17/22, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

October 17 @ 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, October 17, 2022 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

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 10/17/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 17 @ 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, October 17, 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 LOCAL Framingham, MA “Open” Social/Game Night for Adults, 10/17/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 17 @ 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, October 17, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST:  Nicki Gallop COST: Free CAPACITY: 30 participants REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive…

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$25

Online “Open” Autism and the IEP – A Workshop for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 10/17/22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

October 17 @ 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…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 10/18/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 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, October 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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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Men (18-30), 10/18/22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 18 @ 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, October 18, 2022 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, 10/18/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 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. No autism diagnosis or certainty about gender…

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Free

Online “Closed” Berklee College of Music FREE Music Lessons Interest Series for Adults, 10/18/22 – 12/20/22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN), soon to be known as 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!…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 10/19/22, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

October 19 @ 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, October 19, 2022 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 spam…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Parents of Adults, 10/19/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 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, October 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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Free

Online “Open” Science and Technology Meetup Event for Adults, 10/20/22, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET

October 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, October 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, 10/20/22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

October 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, October 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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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women (35-50), 10/20/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 20 @ 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, October 20, 2022 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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Free

Online LOCAL Danvers, MA “Open” Support Group for Adults, 10/20/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 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, October 20, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATORS:  Nicki 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” Support Group for Families of Adults, 10/23/22, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

October 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. WHEN: Sunday, October 23 , 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…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 10/24/22, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

October 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 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, October 24, 2022 TIME: 12:00 PM…

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 10/24/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 24 @ 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…

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Free

FILLED – Online “Open” Support Group for Women (50+), 10/24/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 24 @ 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, October 24, 2022 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 Adults, 10/24/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 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, October 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

Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 10/25/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 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, October 25, 2022 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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Free

Online LOCAL Watertown, MA “Open” Support Group for Women, 10/26/22, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET

October 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, October 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), 10/26/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

October 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, October 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), 10/26/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 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, October 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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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 10/26/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

October 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” Social/Game Night for Adults (formerly Holyoke MA), 10/27/22, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET

October 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, October 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” Disney Plus Watch Party for Adults, 10/27/22, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION:  Join us on Teleparty to watch a movie together on Disney Plus. In order to participate in this event, you will need: a Disney Plusaccount 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. At 5 PM ET on October 27, Nicki Gallop will send the Teleparty URL to the email you…

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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), 10/27/22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

October 27 @ 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, October 26, 2022 WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2022 TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOSTS: Amanda Bailey and Ilia Walsh COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent…

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Free

Community Chat with AANE Executive Director on Language, 10/27/22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: A discussion with the community on the evolution of language and AANE. WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2022 TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Brenda Dater, AANE Executive Director 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 spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event or first…

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November 2022

Free

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

November 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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Free

Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 11/3/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ET

November 3 @ 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.  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 Child…

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AANE’S Fall 2022 Virtual Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference 11/5/2022, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM ET

November 5 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

This conference is named in honor of Dr. Daniel W. Rosenn -- a dedicated professional and founding AANE board member -- and provides an opportunity for the entire autism community to come together and learn.   This year's virtual conference event will include a series of presentations highlighting how integrating lived experience into professional practice can improve and advance the fields of medical and behavioral healthcare, education, and employment. Learn more about the conference here. DATES: Saturday, November 5, 2022 - Livestream…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 11/7/22, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 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, November 7, 2022 TIME: 6:00…

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Free

Online “Open” Autism and the IEP – A Workshop for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 11/7/22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

November 7 @ 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” Community Connection Session for Adults, 11/8/22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

November 8 @ 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, November 8, 2022 TIME: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Google Meet COST: Free Thanks to the generosity of…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Adults, 11/8/22, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET

November 8 @ 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, November 8, 2022 TIME: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom FACILITATOR: Nicki 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 prior…

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Free

Online “Open” AANE Book Club for Adults, 11/8/22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

November 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: November 8: The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov December 13: We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation by Eric Michael Garcia January 10: TBD WHEN: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via…

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Free

Online “Open” Self Care – A 2-Part Workshop for Teens (14-19), 11/8/22 + 11/22/22, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET

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

DESCRIPTION: Do you find yourself losing time to care for yourself throughout the day? Does this make you feel dysregulated, or out of whack? Come learn easily to implement strategies that can help you find more control in your day and learn how to carve out time for the most important person in your life- you! * Note, the first session will be a broad, educational overview on strategies, and the second will be reflecting on the use of them…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Women, 11/9/22, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

November 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, November 9, 2022 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” PwC Financial Literacy: Creating and Following a Budget – A Workshop for Adults, 11/9/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

November 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Are you an adult on the spectrum? Have you ever wanted to learn how to create and follow a budget? Come join us for Creating & Following a Budget, held virtually on Zoom. This two hour class, run by PwC volunteers, will review the process of creating a budget and go over some tips and strategies on how to follow a budget. WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOSTS:  AANE Staff and…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Grandparents of Autistic Individuals, 11/10/22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

November 10 @ 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, November 10, 2022 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” Social Group for Queer Adults (18-30), 11/10/22, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

November 10 @ 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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Free

Online “Open” Team Trivia Event for Adults, 11/10/22, 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM ET

November 10 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Please join us for a one time Virtual event. We will be playing trivia together by joining a live virtual event outside of AANE. We have historically done very well and no matter what, we have a good time. WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2022 TIME: 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST: Aaron Levinger COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants…

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Free

Online “Open” Support Group for Teens (15-19), 11/12/22, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM ET

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

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Free

Online “Open” Virtual Game Night for Adults, 11/14/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

November 14 @ 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 Men (18-30), 11/15/22, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

November 15 @ 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, November 15, 2022 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

Online “Open” PwC Financial Literacy: Financial Responsibility & Decision Making: Preventing Financial Fraud – A Workshop for Adults, 11/15/22, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

DESCRIPTION: Join us for this 2-hour financial literacy workshop led by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) volunteers. (AANE staff will also be available). The workshop will cover identifying fraud, identity theft, phishing and other scams and how to protect your personal information. WHEN: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOSTS:  AANE Staff and PwC Volunteers 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…

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Online “Open” Asperger’s/Autism 101 – A Workshop for Adults, 11/17/22, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

November 17 @ 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, November 17, 2022…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Women (35-50), 11/17/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

November 17 @ 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, November 17, 2022 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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Online “Open” Asperger/Autism 102: What’s Next? – A Workshop for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 11/17/22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

November 17 @ 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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Free

Online “Open” Team Trivia Event for Adults, 11/17/22, 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM ET

November 17 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

DESCRIPTION: Please join us for a one time Virtual event. We will be playing trivia together by joining a live virtual event outside of AANE. We have historically done very well and no matter what, we have a good time. WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2022 TIME: 7:45 PM – 10:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOST: Aaron Levinger COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Women (50+), 11/21/22, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET

November 21 @ 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, November 21, 2022 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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Online “Open” Support Group for BIPOC Adults, 11/28/22, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

November 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 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, November 28, 2022 TIME: 12:00 PM…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Men (18-30), 11/29/22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

November 29 @ 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, November 29, 2022 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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Online “Open” Support Group for Fathers, 11/30/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

November 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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December 2022

$25

AANE Webinar: What can schools do to prevent PTSD among autistic students?, 12/1/22, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET

December 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand.  See below for details. DESCRIPTION: A blog titled, “Do Autistic Kids In School Get PTSD?” garnered over 211,000 views in 6 months.  This webinar further examines this question. Many schools use interventions considered the “gold standard” to further the learning and development of autistic children. Unfortunately, many of these approaches, whether intentional or not, encourage autistic students to mask their neurodivergence. When interventions encourage autistic students to achieve “indistinguishability” from…

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Online “Open” Community Connection Session for Adults, 12/6/22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

December 6 @ 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, December 6, 2022 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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Online LifeMAP Clinical Hour, 12/6/22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET

December 6 @ 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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Online “Open” Social Group for Queer Adults (18-30), 12/8/22, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET

December 8 @ 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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Online “Open” Asperger’s/Autism 101 – A Workshop for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), 12/8/22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET

December 8 @ 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, December 7, 2022 WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2022 TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET WHERE: Online via Zoom HOSTS: Ilia Walsh and Jenna O'Donnell COST: Free REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required.  After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent…

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

December 8 @ 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.  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 Child…

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Online “Open” Support Group for Adults over 50, 12/9/22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

December 9 @ 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, December 9, 2022 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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