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The Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas, Inc (AANEA)
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Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas, Inc. (AANEA) was formed in 2006 by a group of parents, educators and professionals to address the needs faced by families of someone diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder. AANEA, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote education and awareness of autism spectrum disorders in Northeast Arkansas and the surrounding communities. The association offers support groups, trainings, and conferences to anyone interested. Stipend and Grant programs are also available to send local families and educators to conferences that are offered outside Northeast Arkansas and for other qualifying services with which families might need assistance. AANEA, Inc.’s goal is to promote education and awareness of autism spectrum disorders in our communities and to support families affected by an autism spectrum disorder. To maintain the goals the AANEA conducts a major fund raiser during April, which is Autism Awareness Month. AANEA is proud to be serving the parents, teachers, professionals, and children of the following Arkansas counties: Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Poinsett, Randolph, Sharp, St. Francis and Woodruff.

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The Autism Association of NEA Board Officers

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Jennifer Covert

President * Autism Awareness Trainer* Volunteer* Advocate
Jennifer was born and raised in New York. She moved to Jonesboro, AR with husband Dave, and 3 children. Her youngest child was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at the age of 4. She joined the board in July 2014 to help educate and support our community.
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Vice President* Autism Awareness Trainer* Volunteer* Advocate
Aimee McDonald was raised in Paragould and moved to Jonesboro in 2004. Aimee has been blessed with 3 wonderful children. On January 19, 2012, at the age of 2, her middle child was given the diagnosis of Autism (ASD).
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Stephanie Gibson

Co-Secretary* Advocate* Volunteer
Stephanie is a 2003 graduate of Nettleton High School. She is married to Joe and has one son who was born in 2008. Their son was diagnosed with Autism in December, 2014 at the age of 6.
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Martha Warren

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