M.L.A., Consultant and Coach
Anne Janai has over 20 years of personal experience with autism and autism in marriage. She is a practicing consultant and coach who specializes in supporting typically developing spouses (aka "neurotypicals") of people with high-functioning autism.
Anne is typically developing and has a master's degree in clinical psychology from Harvard University. She received the director's award for scholarship for her original research on the topic of mixed-neurological marriages, or marriages between typically developing people and people with autism. Her research results are currently embargoed in preparation for the peer review process and publishing.
Anne is committed to forwarding the public conversation about mixed-neurological marriages despite what she knows to be the many obstacles. Sex, marriage, families, children and relationships are always sensitive and difficult topics. Adding autism, the unique needs of people on the spectrum, and the unique needs of their typically developing spouses and children makes public discussion even more challenging.
Anne hopes for both support and pushback from the autism community and typically developing spouses. She believes that happiness and life satisfaction for all involved requires more discussion, more "looking hard subjects in the eye," and less finger pointing and name calling. She intentionally avoids using the words "autistic" and "neurotypicals" for this reason.
Anne knows that everyone's goal is fulfilling marriages and happy children despite neurological differences. She is an avid supporter of neurodiversity and both partners.
Anne likes being known for saying, "Neurodiversity includes everyone: Typically developing people are just as important as people with autism and vice versa. The best marriages are equal partnerships. It can't be all about any one person."