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Autism Awareness Month and PLAN’s AANE Partnership

Date posted: April 11, 2023

April is recognized annually as Autism Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to highlight the organizations and partners doing indispensable work to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of the premier organizations in this field – and a PLAN Partner – is the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), which provides crucial services and support to individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals who work with them. At PLAN of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, we’re proud to support and partner with AANE in their efforts and are inspired by their impact on the autism community.

AANE’s core mission is fostering awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for people with Asperger profiles so they can build meaningful, connected lives in an atmosphere of validation and respect. They work toward this goal by offering various services, including counseling, coaching, vocational support, educational workshops, and community events. AANE also provides resources and referrals to help individuals and families access the appropriate services and support needed to thrive.
AANE works closely with individuals, families, schools, and other organizations to create a supportive network that understands the unique needs of those on the autism spectrum. This approach is particularly valuable for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome, who may face social communication challenges that can make it difficult to connect with others.

We believe that everyone has the right to live a fulfilling life, regardless of their diagnosis, and we are inspired by the work that AANE does to help make that a reality.

That’s why we are committed to building partnerships with organizations like AANE, who share our vision of a more inclusive and supportive world. By working together, we can create a more robust network of resources and services that meet the diverse needs of the autism community, along with all others living with disabilities and health challenges in New England.

We hope you’ll join us in recognizing the critical work organizations like AANE do year-round to support individuals with ASD and their families. We’re proud to support their efforts and encourage others to do the same. Together, we can create a world that is more accepting and supportive of individuals on the autism spectrum to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live their best life.