The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) helps people with Asperger's or similar autism spectrum and neurodiverse profiles build meaningful, connected lives. We provide individuals, families, and professionals with information, education, community, support, and advocacy — all in an inclusive atmosphere of validation and respect.
AANE, one of the first Asperger-focused organizations in the United States, was founded in 1996 by a small group of concerned parents and professionals, shortly after the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS) first appeared in the U.S. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, edition IV (DSM-IV). AANE builds a supportive community by providing education, information and referrals to individuals with AS, their extended families, and the professionals who work with them.
Originally called the Asperger's Association of New England, on October 1, 2014, AANE changed its name to the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), keeping the same acronym while evolving to meet changes in the diagnostic environment and to acknowledge our expansive reach beyond New England. Our new name ensures that people who need AANE's services and support will be able to find us - regardless of where they live or what diagnosis they receive under the new DSM-5 guidelines.
Well over 45,000 people have used our services, and we continue to reach over 2,000 new people each year. It is clear that people need AANE now more than ever, as we receive 250-350 phone calls and emails each month from people requesting information, referrals and support.
We offer a range of programs and services for :
Adults who are on the autism spectrum
Family members of individuals who are on the autism spectrum
Professionals working with individuals who are on the autism spectrum
We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has created a rapidly changing environment and uncertain future which has been difficult and stressful for our community. In compliance with CDC social distancing guidelines we are now offering programs virtually. We will continue to add new online programs and services throughout the epidemic. We hope that you will join us online! We are still here for you!
To stay up-to-date on our programs, services, and events please visit www.aane.org.