“AANE (Asperger/Autism Network), 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.”
“Autism Empowerment ™ is devoted to promoting a culture of acceptance, enrichment and empowerment in the lives of children, teens, adults and families in the Autism and Asperger communities.
We offer innovative and inspiring programs, training and services as well as opportunities for leadership and volunteerism for those within and supporting the Autism and Asperger community. Our work is guided by our Four Foundational Pillars of Positivity:
“Founded in 1962, we are the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Our goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.”
Graeme Croton – Founder
“I am an Activist, Campaigner, Entrepreneur, Life Coach, Mentor, Public Speaker, Trainer and Founder of Project Aspie.
My work away from Project Aspie includes working on Documentary, Film, Public Orator and raising awareness on Cultural Diversity and Dual Heritage within the community.
Since my late diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome aged 25 in July 2010 in a short space of time I turned my life around from a negative into a positive. I have won multiple awards for the work and campaigning I have done for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.
I am a great believer in mentors and the great importance mentors bring to people.
People with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism can live healthy and independent lives.
It’s all about having Confidence and Motivation.
I created Project Aspie because there wasn’t that much help or support for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism in the local community.”
“Autism Awareness Centre hosts conferences across Canada and the UK, while ensuring books, articles and resource supports are readily available to all communities keeping parents and professionals on the cutting edge of new information. Autism Awareness Centre is leading the way because we ‘believe in change.'”
“The Spectrum Women team comprises of Autistic individuals dedicating their time to positively support fellow Autistics, their family and the wider community.”
Online Support for Autistic Women and Girls
“Our women and girls programme is for autistic females of all ages, as well as parents, carers and professionals.
The programme provides valuable information addressing key health and wellbeing challenges, as well as providing practical advice on a range of issues.