About AANE The Asperger's Association of New England ( AANE ) 's mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for individuals with AS and related conditions and their families. The Asperger's Association of New England ( AANE ), one of the first Asperger Syndrome 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 ). AANE builds a supportive community by providing education, information and referrals to individuals with AS, their extended families, and the professionals who assist them. In addition to our Watertown, Massachusetts headquarters, AANE has 5 chapters, one in each of the following regions:, and Rhode Island. We hope to have a Connecticut chapter in the future, as well. AANE chapters offer local support groups, activities, and workshops.