LifeNet is a private pay, independent living support program for adults
with Asperger’s or similar autism spectrum profiles.

Empowering adults to pursue and maintain connections to live the life they want

What is LifeNet?

LifeNet is a private pay, independent living support program for adults with Asperger’s or similar autism spectrum profiles.
LifeNet is designed to address questions like:
    “Who will help me get the support I need as I transition to living on my own?” or “Who can help me continue to live independently as I grow older?” – Adult
    “Who can help my adult family member manage their needs and live more independently of us over time?” – Parent
LifeNet offers peace of mind that an adult on the spectrum will be supported as they navigate adulthood by a devoted team who understands them, backed by two trusted non-profit organizations: Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) and the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE).

How Do You Approach Supporting Adults?

The LifeNet team uses a strengths-based, adult-centered philosophy in delivering our service. We communicate primarily with the LifeNet adult, meeting them where they are and going at their pace. We center on their own priorities and interests, at any point in time and throughout the lifecourse, serving as a consistent source for accompaniment along the way. Above all, we support and honor the adult’s self-determination: their right and role as their own decision-makers and self-advocates.

Next Step

If you or your adult family member may be interested in LifeNet, please click here for additional information about eligibility criteria, service levels, and costs – and to allow us to follow up with you based on your availability.

LifeNet Contacts:

ASRC: Carol Barans, Board Member | 203-265-7717 ext. 2 |

AANE: Jay O’Brien, LifeNet Program Director | 617-393-3824 ext. 260 |

What does the LifeNet program provide?

LifeNet offers caring support and companionship for adults on the spectrum over their lifetime across a full range of everyday tasks and responsibilities such as:

  • Developing executive functioning skills and strategies
  • Maintaining a healthy and safe living environment in their apartment or home
  • Arranging and keeping healthcare and dental appointments
  • Tending to nutrition, food safety, exercise and hygiene
  • Managing budgets, bills, benefits and money
  • Engaging socially – around their interests and at their pace
  • Pursuing productive employment and/or volunteer opportunities
  • Shopping and errands, transportation and travel guidance, and more

LifeNet delivers this personal support and advocacy in multiple ways:

  • Fostering meaningful connections between the adult, LifeNet staff, and other providers
  • Holding regular check-ins and in-person visits
  • Responding to questions or issues as they arise
  • Monitoring and responding to changes in well-being
  • Developing frustration tolerance and emotional regulation skills
  • Assessing options and supporting good decision-making
  • Addressing unmet needs, and making progress toward personal goals
  • Help completing forms/paperwork and meeting deadlines
  • Coordinating between providers and others in the adult’s support network
  • Managing transitions of all kinds

Who’s on the LifeNet Team?

More than just a single caseworker, each LifeNet adult is supported by a team of people who have experience in understanding and meeting the needs of adults on the autism spectrum:

  • Personal Advocate (clinical case manager) – licensed, master’s-level occupational therapist, social worker, or similar clinical professional
  • Support Partner – field-based direct support professional
  • Clinical Supervisor – LICSW or other advanced supervisory clinician
  • LifeNet Program Director – overall administrator and ombudsman
  • Peer/Friend – a similar-age adult peer matched from within the AANE community

Together, the LifeNet Team serves as both a support network and safety net of professionals who care for and develop relationships with the adults in the LifeNet program, offering them a greater sense of community and belonging. Click here to read actual stories of how the LifeNet Team supports adults enrolled in our program.

Ensuring everyone enters into the LifeNet support program with realistic expectations is key to the success the autistic adult can achieve. We have processes in place to set and maintain the expectations of clients and their families as we work to support them. Read how.