AANE September 2023 Newsletter: New Name. New Website. Same Mission.

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AANE September 2023 Newsletter:
New Name. New Website. Same Mission.

We have lots to share this month! Read all about the process behind our name change and language updates. We’ve also highlighted areas on our new website so you can find familiar sections and new features. Don’t miss the new webpages linked in the gray bars below!

Looking for upcoming events? Buttons in sections below link to listings for each group in our community.

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Town Hall Meetings
Do you have questions about AANE’s new name? Join us for a town hall meeting on September 14 or September 19 to hear more about it and share your thoughts!

AANE Calendar

See what’s happening this month and beyond on the AANE Events Page.

We Have a New Name!

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After two years of listening and learning to ensure that our language reflects the people we serve, we are excited to share that AANE has changed its name. We still support the same community, and encourage everyone to use the language that makes them feel most comfortable. In this month’s message, Executive Director Brenda Dater discussed our decision to make this and other important changes.
Watch Brenda’s Message
Check out these helpful AANE resources!
ANNE’s Fall 2023 Virtual Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference: October 27, 2023
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Join us for a vibrant, virtual gathering of Autistic individuals, their families, professionals, and allies to celebrate the richness of Autistic culture. This year’s conference will deep dive into the world of autism from a cultural perspective while fostering understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for the unique experiences of Autistic individuals.  

Learn More + Register
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📣 Sponsor AANE’s Fall Conference! Read about sponsorship levels and benefits.
Autistic Adults
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Website: Popular Pages for Adults

Events: search by type, identity, date, & more.
Support Groups: view all group categories and select the type to see upcoming options.
Social Events & Activities: read descriptions and go directly to the list of future dates. 
New Features
• Read our new page spotlighting autism and Intersectional Identities.
• Visit One-to-One Services for a breakdown of all AANE individualized offerings.
 Check out I am Curious – am I Autistic? to navigate to helpful information.

Coming Up…

Click here for the current listing of events, support groups, and social activities for Autistic adults, including the webinar, Understanding Disclosure and the Importance of Psychological Safety in the Workplace, the two-part workshop, Nutrition Planning and Management for Adults, and much more.
Here are some helpful links for adults in our community:
Parents & Families of Autistic Individuals
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Website: Popular Pages for Parents and Families

Diagnosis: gain knowledge about the diagnostic process and discussion tips.
Education: find content for school support.
Family Life: explore strategies to navigate the day-to-day.
New Features
• Articles and webinars are in a central Library, searchable by topic categories, keyword, audience, and more.
• Our Events page can filter programming available for parents/caregivers and families.

Coming Up…

Learn more about upcoming events, workshops, and support groups for parents and families, including the workshop, Autism and the IEP for Parents of Children/Teens/Young Adults (through age 22), the workshop, Strategies and Supports for Parents of Autistic Children/Teens, and much more.
Don’t miss these services AANE provides for parents and families:
Professionals Working with the Autism Community
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Website: Popular Pages for Professionals

Training and Education: see all of the available training options at a glance.
Courses: review in-depth courses for therapists and coaches.
Conferences/Webinars: see all upcoming educational opportunities.
New Features
• We have gathered content specifically focused on Mental Health & Well-being.
• Our Library can filter content specifically for professionals working in the autism community.
Learn more about AANE programs, support, and training for professionals.
AANE Programs


Individualized life coaching program for Autistic older teens & adults
Read about AANE’s program to assist Autistic adults and older teens in establishing and reaching their goals. Visit the new LifeMAP page.


Team-based support to help Autistic adults optimize independence
Take a look at AANE’s living support program for Autistic adults in MA and review comprehensive FAQs. Visit the new LifeNet page.

Neurodiverse Couples Institute

Resources for couples and couples therapists/coaches
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Check out the pages on the Neurodiverse Couples Institute Courses for therapists and the section on programming and a course for Neurodiverse Couples.
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