Online “Closed” 12-Part Workshop – Healthy Relationships on The Autism Spectrum (HEARTS) for Adults, 10/12/23 – 2/8/24, 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM ET
Healthy Relationships on the Autism Spectrum (HEARTS) is a 12 session workshop for autistic adults who would like to learn about, and talk about, healthy friendship and dating relationships. The workshop does not teach how to find new dating partners or friends. Rather, it provides education about what a healthy vs. unhealthy relationship feels like, how to notice warning signs that a relationship is becoming unhealthy, how to cope with a breakup or end of a friendship how to restart friendships with people when you have fallen out of touch, and how to stay motivated to meet new people.
HEARTS is rooted in a neurodiversity perspective and is taught by an autistic and non-autistic team. HEARTS affirms all relationship types and styles, all genders, and all sexual orientations (LGBTQ+, poly, asexual, etc.)
The 12-session workshop consists of 6 curriculum-based sessions, and 6 open discussion sessions. Participants should plan on attending all 12 sessions in the series. HEARTS offers a safe environment for autistic adults to talk with like-minded people, share issues and concerns, and celebrate successes.
NOTE: Some enrollees will be invited to participate in research study surveys and interviews to help evaluate the program. Research participants can earn up to $300 in Amazon.com e-gift cards.
AANE Adult Support Groups, Social Groups, and events are intended for post-high school Autistic adults who are able to self-regulate AND independently participate in activities without the assistance of a dedicated caretaker.
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. Early registration is highly recommended as many programs fill quickly.
AANE recognizes that fees for this program have changed. AANE can offer participants reduced or free program registration. As long as space remains in the group, no one requesting financial aid will be turned away. To request financial aid, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For example:
I would like to request financial assistance for (insert full title of group).
Sincerely, (your name).
If you are able, please consider donating the cost of an additional registration to support the financial assistance of others.
Refund Policy for Social & Support Groups
AANE will refund support group or social activity registration fees in the following circumstances:
– AANE cancels a group.
– AANE reschedules a group and a registrant can no longer participate.
– If a registrant requests a refund at least 3 business days before the start date of a support group or social activity.
Event & Group Information
All groups are online unless noted
Multi-Session – register once for multiple sessions, includes “Closed” groups which have the same participants for a set number of sessions
Single Session – register for one session or event, includes “Open” groups which may have different participants joining from session to session, webinars, workshops, or special events
LOCAL [City, State] in front of the event/group name is intended for those living in the vicinity of the indicated area. If LOCAL is not indicated, the event is available to those living anywhere
Codes of Conduct
Participants at AANE events are expected to act respectfully toward other participants and group facilitators. AANE reserves the right to deny admission, ask an individual participant to leave, or remove participants from the event/program for inappropriate or disrespectful behavior. For more information see our Groups and Events FAQs page.
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The resources and information shared within AANE support groups are for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Our hope is that these resources will provide you with useful connections as you navigate your journey of discovery and connection. AANE makes no warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the information shared within the group.
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