Connect with AANE through our many free programs and services for Autistic adults, family members, and professionals.

From a free introductory call or online contact with AANE staff to answer questions, to online discussion forums, to online Zoom community connection and more AANE invites into our welcoming, supportive community.

You are not alone!

Schedule a call to speak with a member of AANE’s staff, or fill out a form to be contacted by email.

Call or Contact Us by Form

You can reach out to AANE staff for FREE!  We are available to answer your questions & concerns via phone or email and provide information and resources. Click the links below to schedule a call or complete our contact form today!

Community Connections

Community Connections are online, 60-minute, single-session discussion groups and a great way to meet our staff and connect with the community for the first time. 


Connect with other Autistic adults in a casual 60 minute online session facilitated by our experienced AANE staff. Ask questions, listen to others, join the community!

Parents of Adults

Join other parents in an online discussion facilitated by experienced AANE staff. Discuss topics such as keeping the lines of communication open, accessing services, facilitating independent living, and many more.

Parents of Children, Teens & Young Adults

Join our free online Community Connection Session to connect with other parents online. Sessions are facilitated by AANE' staff who know firsthand the need to maintain a balance for ourselves and our children when life brings the unexpected.

Discussion Forums

AANE’s FREE Online Google Group Discussion Forums are an opportunity to connect, share common experiences, and learn about valuable resources.  

Click on the block to sign up for the online discussion forum you would like to join.

Parents of Adults (post high school)

Parents who are members of the discussion forum can gain feedback and perspective from peers on issues such as accessing services to help their adult child find employment, live independently, and connect socially.

Parents of Children

Join an active community of hundreds of parents across the U.S. in discussions about issues and concerns faced by many parents of Autistic children including dealing with schools, finding service providers, and facilitating your child's socialization.

Parents of Teens (through high school)

Parenting any teenager brings challenges but when autism is a part of the picture there are many concerns that only others facing the same situation can truly understand. Find support and suggestions from an active network of parents of teenagers on this forum.

Partners of Autistic Adults

This group, serving people from all over the world, is for individuals married to or in partnership with someone with an Autistic profile. Here you will have the opportunity to offer and receive support, to strategize, and to share experiences with others who might relate to your situation.

Ex-Partners of Autistic Adults

This group serves those who are divorced or separated from an autistic adult. Here you will have the opportunity to offer and receive support, to strategize, and to share experiences with others who might relate to your situation.

Support Groups

AANE offers several FREE Online Open, or single session, support groups for adults and family member of various ages and identities. Please click the button below to see all FREE groups that have space to register.


There two FREE LOCAL groups offered to Adults including the Online LOCAL Florence, MA Support Group for Adults; and the Online LOCAL Portland ME Support Group for Adults.


There is one FREE LOCAL groups offered for Women – the Online LOCAL Watertown, MA Women's Support Group


AANE offers this FREE support group for for the LGBTQ+ community – the Online Open Gender Identity Support Group for Adults.


A twice a month FREE Online Open BIPOC Support Group for Adults is available.

Spanish Speaking Families

There are two weekly FREE Online "Open" Support Groups for Parents of Children, Teens, and Young Adults. One beginning at noon and one beginning at 6:30 PM ET.


A monthly FREE online group is offered to Grandparents – Online Open Support Group for Grandparents of Autistic Individuals. Grandparents of an Autistic grandchild of any age are welcome!

Teen Group

An online teen group meets the second Saturday of every month, the Online Open Support Group for Teens (15-19).

Adults over 50

This monthly online 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.

Artist Collaborative

The Artist Collaborative is an Autistic lead community who comes together once a month to create art, plan art shows, share latest creations, discuss artistic opportunities, art techniques, and share our experiences as Autistic artists. Over time, this group has become a community and many members are now good friends.

Audience: Autistic Adults
Frequency: No online registration, monthly virtual meetings (Third Monday of each month). Periodic virtual and in-person “Art Meet Ups” to come together for an entire day of art making and socializing.
Cost: Free

Livestream: Infinity & Beyond

YouTube Livestream

Infinity & Beyond is AANE’s monthly YouTube livestream event hosted by Autistic AANE staff members Liv Gallop and Ryan Walsh. With a new discussion topic each month, the livestream is a chance to engage and ask questions on issues relevant to the Autistic adult community. Subscribe to AANE’s YouTube Channel below to be notified of coming livestream events.

Audience: Autistic Adults
Group Type & Frequency: Open or single session, no sign up needed, monthly
Cost: FREE


Berklee School of Music Lessons 

The Berklee Institute for Accessible Art Education is generously offering free group music lessons to Autistic adults. This group lets up to 15 participants explore and grow as independent and ensemble musicians using traditional instruments or digital instruments during practice and group lessons.  Lessons will focus on note reading, technique, and recording as participants work to record music with their peers. 

Audience: Autistic Adults
Group Type & Frequency: Closed or multi-session, 8 weekly sessions, twice a year
Cost: FREE

Boston Symphony Orchestra

AANE at the ​Boston Symphony Orchestra -​ Join us in MA on our in-person trips to the BSO. Sign up to receive regular AANE email communication so you don’t miss an opportunity to attend. Subscribe to AANE communications.

Audience: Autistic Adults
Group Type & Frequency: Open or single-session, held three or four times a year
Cost: FREE


Local Boston and Southeastern, MA Outdoor Enthusiast Club

The AANE Outdoor Enthusiasts Club brings together Autisti adults in the Greater Boston and Southeastern, MA areas who share a love of the outdoors and are looking for opportunities to socialize and participate in fun outdoor adventures. Facilitated by Katie McClean, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, the group will organize fun and interesting outdoor activities.

A generous grant for the Garth Family Foundation helps fund the Local Greater Boston and Southeastern MA Outdoor Enthusiast Club.

Audience: Autistic Adults
Group Type & Frequency: Open or single-session, once a month
Cost: FREE


Science and Technology Meetup

Are you interested in science or technology and looking for other people to discuss these topics with? Come join us for an AANE Virtual Monthly Meetup Event! More details and RSVP can be found on the AANE Meetup Group: AANE Adults

Audience: Autistic Adults
Group Type & Frequency: Open or single-session, twice a month
Cost: FREE

Modern and Ancient Science, Philosophy and Consciousness Meetup

Are you interested in contemplating deep questions about life, nature, and the universe? Join us for AANE Virtual Monthly 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

Audience: Autistic Adults
Group Type & Frequency: Open or single-session, twice a month
Cost: FREE

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