Friday, March 3, 2017,  8:30 AM to 4:30 PM  

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Newton-Wellesley Hospital,Bowles Conference Center
2014 Washington St.
Newton, MA 02462 

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Brian Kremer, Program Manager
Asperger/Autism Network 
617-393-3824 x30 
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 We are Pleased to Present

 Hiding in Plain Sight: Shining Light on Women with Asperger/Autism Profiles



William Mandy, DClinPsy Ph.D.

 Sarah Hendrickx, MA

 Liane Holliday Willey, Ed.D.

 Erika Drezner, MSW, LCSW

Friday, March 3, 2017 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH)
Bowles Conference Center's Shipley Auditorium
2014 Washington Street ~ Newton, MA 

In partnership with
MGH/Aspire and NESCA 

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AANE has combined resources with MGH/Aspire and NESCA to present this timely and important conference on women with Asperger/Autism profiles. This conference covers many aspects pertinent to girls, teens, adults and their parents. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk in the cafeteria and designated lounges, throughout the day.

We will also present a number of real first-person accounts in between speaker sessions. All conference attendees will receive a book of the first-person stories.

Registration Fees*
Professional Attendee
(CE credit details are on the registration page)


Nonprofessional Attendee


Live Stream Viewer
(for one viewer from home/office internet)


*Only conference attendees will receive coffee, lunch, and the booklet of first-person stories. Please register in advance. Please note registration will fill quickly; there will NOT be an opportunity for same day registration.

The conference will be live streamed. If you register for the live stream you may watch on your computer via your home or office internet. Individual viewing access will be sent the week of the conference.

Conference Schedule
 8:30 AM–  9:00 AM Registration
 9:00 AM–10:00 AM William Mandy, DClinPsy Ph.D.
Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum: Misdiagnosis and the Female Autism Phenotype
10:00 AM–10:15 AM Personal Accounts, 2 stories
10:15 AM–10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM–12:00 PM Sarah Hendrickx, MA
Autism in Girls and Women: Developing Social and Personal Relationships
12:00 PM– 1:00 PM Lunch
  1:00 PM– 2:30 PM Liane Holliday Willey, Ed.D.
Vulnerabilities and Support for Women with ASD
  2:30 PM– 2:45 PM Personal Accounts, 2 stories
  2:45 PM– 3:00 PM Break
  3:00 PM– 4:00 PM Erika Drezner, MSW, LCSW
Mother-Daughter Relationships:
Strategies for positive growth
  4:00 PM– 4:15 PM Personal Accounts, 2 stories

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If you are registering after February 23rd,
we cannot guarantee your sandwich selection.

General Conference Information

Conference Location:
Newton-Wellesley Hospital (in the Bowles Conference Center)
2014 Washington St., Newton, MA 02462

The least expensive parking is located at Woodland Station T stop. 

Parking Rate at Woodland Station:
$6.00/ first 14 hours 
$13.00 after 14 hours 
Click here for more information from the MBTA Woodland Station website.

Directions to Newton-Wellesley Hospital:
Newton-Wellesley Hospital is located at 2014 Washington Street, Newton, Massachusetts, near the intersection of Routes 16 & 128 (I-95), one mile south of the Mass. Pike (I-90).

  • Via MBTA Green Line (D Train)
    Take Green Riverside line (D Train), outbound, to Woodland stop. Walk out to Washington Street and turn left. Hospital is two short blocks on the left
  • Driving from West of Route 128 (I-95)
    Take Mass. Pike to Route 128 (I-95). Proceed South on 128 (I-95) for less than one mile. Take exit 21/21A to Route 16 East. Proceed on Route 16 East 1/4-mile to the Parking Garage at the second hospital entrance on the right (2000 Washington Street). 
  • Driving from Boston
    Take Mass. Pike to Exit 16 (West Newton). Follow Route 16 West for 1-1/4 miles to Parking Garage Entrance on left (2000 Washington Street).
  • Driving from North or South Route 128 (I-95)
    Take Exit 21/21A to Route 16 East. Proceed on Route 16 East 1/4 mile to the Parking Garage at the second hospital entrance on the right (2000 Washington Street).  

Getting to the Bowles Conference Center and Shipley Auditorium
The Bowles Conference Center and Shipley Auditorium are located on the second floor of the Hospital next to the Cafeteria. We will have a registration table set up outside of the conference center. Please give yourself enough time to check in.

Walking from the Woodland T Stop and NWH East Patient/Visitor Entrance, enter the Hospital grounds at the set of lights on Washington Street towards the East Entrance. Follow the signs to the Main Lobby of the Hospital through the White Building. From the Main Lobby, take the West elevators to the second floor. Turn left and follow the signs to the Bowles Conference Center located after the Cafeteria.

Registration Refund Policy: Refunds, minus a $25 processing fee per person, are available until February 23, 2017. No refunds/credits after February 23rd or for no-shows. 

CE credits: The CE credit fee is $25, and is included in the Professional Attendee registration fee. Please select the appropriate option on the registration page. CE credits must be selected during your online registration; you will not qualify for the offered CE credits if you do not request them in advance during online registration.

CE credit Target Audience: Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Clinicians, Neuropsychologists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatrists, and Social Workers
Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives for CE credits

1.) Describe current diagnostic biases against females with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which includes Asperger Syndrome (AS), and other factors that contribute to under-recognition of females with ASD and AS.
2.) Explain Gender differences in how ASD and AS manifests, with specific emphasis on the female autism phenotype.
3.) List the resulting clinical implications and impact current diagnostic biases against females have on the development of girls and women with ASD and AS.
4.) Recognize the key issues for women with ASD and AS with regard to people and relationships and their implications for mental health.
5.) List examples of relationship experiences of women and girls with ASD and AS and the resulting impact on mental health.
6.) Describe approaches and strategies that support women and girls with ASD and AS to achieve positive behavioral patterns that encourage healthy relationship development.
7.) Be able to describe challenges women with ASD and AS experience in the context of work, social, and personal relationships.
8.) Be able to identify coping strategies women with ASD and AS use to fit into the neuro-typical world and the implications for an individual’s long-term development.
9.) Explain positive coping strategies, for women with ASD and AS, to be used within the context of their work, social, or personal environments.
10.) List tools and strategies to help young women with ASD and AS navigate friendships and relationships.
11.) Describe specific parenting strategies, of women and girls with ASD and AS, to reduce anxiety and emotional dysregulation.

Lunch: Select your lunch on the registration page. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate additional dietary restrictions. There is no discount if you bring your own lunch.

Financial Assistance: If you are a parent or an adult with an Asperger/Autism profile who needs financial assistance to attend this conference, please email Brian.Kremer@aane.org or call (617) 393-3824, ext. 30, to discuss financial assistance.

Sensory Sensitivities: Due to sensory sensitivities among those in our ASD community, please refrain from wearing perfume/scented products at the conference.

Dogs: Only leashed service dogs permitted.

Weather or Public Emergency on March 3: In case of snow or a public emergency, an announcement regarding the status of the conference will be made by 6:00 a.m. on March 3rd (call 617-393-3824 x 30). 

Register Now!

If you are registering after February 23rd,
we cannot guarantee your sandwich selection.

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