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Association for Autism and Neurodiversity, Inc.

Empowering Individuals. Building Community.

aka AANE, Asperger-Autism Network   |   Watertown, MA   |  https://www.aane.org

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Mission

AANE helps Autistic and similarly Neurodivergent people build meaningful, connected lives. We provide individuals, families, and professionals with education, community, and support, in an inclusive atmosphere of validation and respect.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Ms. Brenda Dater MSW, MPH

Main address

85 Main St Suite 3

Watertown, MA 02472 USA

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Formerly known as

Asperger's Association of New England

Asperger-Autism Network

EIN

04-3376227

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

Family Services (P40)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AANE works with Autistic or similarly Neurodivergent people and family members to address and accommodate challenges they face while fostering respect for their strengths and differences. We also offer learning opportunities and resources to educators, therapists, employers, and other professionals to enhance their work with Autistic or similarly Neurodivergent people.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Individualized Services

- Free Information and Resource Consultations
- Coaching for Autistic adults and teens (LifeMAP), parents, and neurodiverse couples
- LifeNet: an independent living support program for Autistic adults in MA and CT

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Parents

-In-person and online support groups for Autistic adults, Autistic teens, parents, spouses/partners, neurodiverse couples, and grandparents
-Interest-based groups and social activities for Autistic adults and teens

Population(s) Served
Adults
Parents
Families
Women
LGBTQ people

-Conferences, webinars, and workshops for all members of the AANE community
-Training for educators, mental health professionals, and employers

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Volunteer of the Year/AANE 2011

Patriots Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new contacts

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Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Increasing

Number of phone and email inquiries per month

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Increasing

Number of clients served

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AANE seeks to empower Autistic and similarly Neurodivergent people to maximize their independence, and to achieve equity and parity in society. Our programs and services are designed to sustain individuals and families, to meet varying levels of need, and to facilitate transitions and meaningful life experiences at all ages and stages, from early childhood to old age.

AANE identifies unmet needs through dialogue with the people we serve. We address their needs through a range of services—including outreach, pioneering interventions, and the use of technology. Through networking, training, and the development of educational materials and model programs, we also build capacity for service delivery within communities.

AANE’s diverse Governance includes Autistic adults, family members of Autistic adults and children, and professionals. Together they oversee the strategic planning, development, finances, and governance of AANE.

The staff of AANE are professionals with expertise and first-hand knowledge of autism and neurodiversity. Approximately one third of our employees are Autistic themselves. Many others have Autistic children, family members, or friends, and they are affected on a very personal level by AANE’s work and mission.

AANE continues to grow--particularly with the use of new technologies, allowing us to expand services to those living beyond the reach of our main office. Well over 70,000 people have used our services since 1996, including over 12,000 people in FY22 alone.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Association for Autism and Neurodiversity, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dian Bohannon

Chair of the Board

Term: 2023 - 2024

Brian Alvarez

Jill Baren

Neil D. Blicher

Dian Bohannon

Bill Braun

Ken Dandurand

Cornelia Elwood

Susan Erickson

Angelina Hanson

Karen Lean

John M. Lynch

Mark J. Marroni

Zach Michaels

Anastasia O'Melveny

Ellen Pinderhughes

Deborah Platek, MD

Mark Pocharski

Michael Roh

Sheeri Steinberg

Lisa Stringfellow

Julie Tedesco

Sangeeta Verma

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes