Empowering Individuals. Building Community.
In the US today, there are 5-million-plus Autistic adults and 1 in 36 8-year-olds are Autistic.* Each of these individuals are unique and they experience autism differently.
All of these individuals and their families deserve access to support across the lifespan. For over 27 years, AANE has been working toward our vision: a world where Autistic people belong and thrive.
You are not alone!
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AANE helps Autistic and similarly Neurodivergent people build meaningful, connected lives.
We provide individuals, families, and professionals with education, community, and support in an inclusive atmosphere of validation and respect.
What Makes AANE Different?
There is no other organization quite like AANE in the autism space.
Diagnosis Not Required
We welcome anyone who believes our services and programs will be helpful to them.
Leading with Autistic Voices
We ensure that our programs and services are shaped by the insights and experiences of our Autistic staff, facilitators, coaches, peers, and board and committee members.
Medical definitions describe autism as a disorder, emphasize deficits, and can neglect the impact of societal barriers. We take a different approach. We define autism as an identity, recognize both the strengths and support needs associated with autism, and acknowledge the impact of discrimination.
In our programs and services, we recognize the broad range of strengths of our Autistic community members, and encourage using those strengths to address challenges and build meaningful, connected lives.
Resources Across the Lifespan
We are here for Autistic teens, adults, and seniors; and for the families of Autistic children of all ages.
Intersectional & Inclusive
The Autism community is diverse. Folks of all genders, ages, cultures, religions, races, ethnicities, and sexualities create our community. AANE welcomes everyone.
Focus on Individuality
We talk with thousands of Autistic individuals each year, and hear shared experiences among our community; and yet each person is unique. We are here to get to know you. We want to understand your unique strengths, experiences and challenges.
Free & Low-cost Programs
AANE recognizes that some of our program fees may cause a barrier to access groups or services. Financial assistance is available and all are welcome.
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*Sources: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/features/adults-living-with-autism-spectrum-disorder.html and https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/addm-community-report/index.html
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