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Autism Support Group
NFI Family Resource Center
27 Prescott St., Lowell, MA
The first and third Wednesday of every month, September – May
4 – 5:30 PM
Run by UMass Lowell faculty and students
There are two parts to our group:
1) a socialization group for children with autism up to 6 years of age, and their typically developing siblings.
2) a support group for caregivers that provides an opportunity for parents and other family members to connect with others facing a similar experience.

The FRC serves parents and children from diverse cultural, linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds.
This is a FREE service!

For additional information please contact:
NFI in Lowell at 978-455-0701 or via email: FRCLowell@nafi.com.
Rocío Rosales: 978-934-4305 or via email: rocio_rosales@uml.edu.

Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Pediatrics West, PC
133 Littleton Road
3rd Floor Conference Room
Westford, MA  01886
Thursdays at 7 PM
May 17
June 14
July 12
August 9
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 13

Call Alison at 978-577-0414 for more information.

Down Syndrome-Autism Connection Group
DS-Autism Connection (DSAC) is for parents whose children have both Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. DSAC has 30 active families who meet once monthly by online chat to discuss the issues and challenges unique to the Down Syndrome-Autism community. Experts in the field often present on various topics relating to dual diagnosis. New members are welcome. DSAC is an affiliate of the Massachusetts Down Sydrome Congress. For more information visit the Down Syndrome Autism Connection’s website or email charlotte@dsac.org or erin@dsac.org.

LifeLinks
Lifelinks offers a variety of programs for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the Greater Lowell area.

Lowell Public Schools Resources
Lowell Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council
e-mail: Lowellspedpac@aol.com

Lowell Public Schools Special Education Home Page

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) – Lowell
55 Techology Drive, Suite 202
Lowell, MA  01851
978-322-4300

DDS Northeast Region Adult Autism Resource Guide (online)

NAMI Greater Lowell
PO Box 692
Tyngsboro, MA  01879
978-677-0618
namigreaterlowell@yahoo.com

Northeast Arc – Autism Support Center
6 Southside Rd.
Danvers, MA  01923
978-777-9135
Northeast Arc is the DDS-funded Center for the northeast region, which includes Lowell and the surrounding communities.  They offer activities and events to families living with autism.  They help parents find the services and supports, offer support groups, workshops and more.  This agency offers in-home ABA services, early intervention, recreation, employment and more.

Paul Center for Learning and Recreation, Inc.
39 Concord Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824
978-256-4396
Provides services for people with special needs and their families including workshops, respite and vacation programs, and more.

South Bay Community Services
Lowell Early Childhood Services
Early Intervention
1-800-244-4691
Provides screenings, referrals, services, and support for children birth to age three and their families

Thom Anne Sullivan Center
126 Phoenix Ave.
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 453-8331
Provides screenings, referrals, services and support for children birth to age three and their families

Parent Support Group
These free meetings are open to anyone parenting a child or adolescent with behavioral or mental health special needs.
The meetings are held in Lowell on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 6 PM – 7:45 PM.  Contact for location.
RSVP: Nancy Collier, Family Support Specialist, at 508-668-5739 or at ncollier@eliotchs.org.
www.ppal.net
This program is a collaboration between MSPCC, PPAL, CTI and DMH

Spanish Language Support Group
Family and Youth Initiative
130 Parker St., Lawrence
Meets 3rd Friday of the month
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Contact: Gloria Ricardi Castillo at 978-624-2320 or gcastillo@ne-arc.org

Transition Planning Group
Meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of the month from 6 PM – 7:45 PM.
CTI Lowell
126 Phoenix Ave., 3rd Floor, Room 3
RSVP: Nancy Collier, 508-688-5739 or ncollier@mspcc.org
www.ppal.net
In Collaboration: CTI, MSPCC & PPAL

UMASS Lowell Center for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
The center promotes interdisciplinary research involving UMASS Lowell students.  The center also offers workshops and programs about ASD open to the public.  CARE also offers various services for individuals with ASD and their families such as an Autism Support Group for parents, a monthly social networking program for young adults, and a group for UMASS students who have ASD.

State and New England Resources

Asperger/Autism Network
51 Water St., Suite 206
Watertown, MA  02472
617-393-3824
AANE works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Aspergers Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles.

The Autism Insurance Resource Center
800-642-0249
info@disabilityinfo.org
The center provides information for families, providers, clinicians, employers, and educators on issues related to medical insurance for autism treatment

Autism Speaks
Information about Massachusetts resources click here

Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
The goal of the foundation is to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest.
They offer various programs that support families, from programs, to assistance finding resources, as well as financial assistance for resources.

Exceptional Lives
This online database allows people to search for special needs resources by state.  The database also provides free personalized how-to guides.

Family TIES (Together in Enhancing Support) of Massachusetts
A statewide network of information and support for families of children with disabilities.
Northeast Office
978-851-7261 X4018
800-905-8437
email: debra.candeloro@state.ma.us

Lurie Center for Autism
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA  02421
781-860-1700
The center provides treatment for children, adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Autism Center
25 Kingston St., 2nd Floor
Boston, MA  02111
617-357-8431
The Autism Center works with elected official and partners to create laws and regulations to ensure that children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have access to the services and resources they need in order to reach their full potential.
The center also provides training to parents about state services and programs to help their children as well as their legal rights to obtain these services.

Massachusetts Sibling Support Network
MSSN provides support and resources to siblings of people with disabilities

MassMATCH
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
600 Washington St.
Boston, MA  02111
877-508-3974
info@massmatch.org
Promotes the use of assistive technology and services to enhance the independence of people with disabilities.

New England Center for Children

33 Turnpike Rd.
Southborough, MA 01772
508-481-1015
http://www.necc.org
Offers a huge array of programs for youth on the spectrum including at home services as well as a residential program
SPED Child and Teen Newsletter
http://spedchildmass.com/newsletters
Monthly online newsletter about state and New England services for special needs families.

Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids
An online resource of services and providers

YouthCare

Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Green Street, Third Floor
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 726-0060
Fax: (617) 726-0064
www.2.massgeneral.org/youthcare
This is a program of Massachusetts General Hospital. It provides children on the autism spectrum opportunities to learn and work on social skills.

National Resources

ASPEN

Asperger Syndrome Education Network

http://www.aspennj.org

Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit

http://www.autismspeaks.org/docs/family_services_docs/AS-HFA_Tool_Kit.pdf
From Autism Speaks.  A tool kit to assist families in getting the critical information they need in the first 100 days after an Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism diagnosis.

Autism Cares

http://www.autismcares.org/site/c.mqLOIYOBKlF/b.4745901/k.BD21
Autism Cares provides financial assistance for ASD families who are struggling with cost of living issues.  Those needed help must complete an online application.

Autism Society of America

http://www.autism-society.org

Autism Speaks

http://www.autismspeaks.org

Childnett.tv

http://www.childnett.tv
Former pro football player, Dan Marino, has a son with Autism.  This site is primarily funded with resources from the Dan Marino Foundation.  It contains various online video resources about ASD for families and also those who work in the autism field.

Financial Planning for Special Needs Children
The web page, the Simple Dollar, has an article about financial planning for special needs children.

Organization for Autism (OAR)
https://researchautism.org
OAR was founded in 2001 by seven individuals whose lives and families had been affected by autism.  OAR’s mission is to apply science to address the challenges of autism.  This site includes information about autism as well as resources for families, educators, and researchers.

OASIS (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support) @ MAAP

http://aspergersyndrome.org
Information about Asperger Syndrome and Autism.  Contains articles, links, and many more resources

Sensory Smart Parent

http://www.sensorysmartparent.com
This online resource is for parents and caregivers of kids with sensory issues.  Often kids on the autism spectrum do have sensory challenges and this web site provides tips and advice.

Sibling Support Project

http://www.siblingsupport.org
This group is dedicated to the concerns of siblings of those with special issues, whether they be physical, developmental or mental health.
Transistion Tool Kit
http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/transition.php
From Autism Speaks.  A kit to help families on the Spectrum transistion from adolescence to adulthood

Tuck Sleep Foundation

Tuck Sleep Foundation is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.
Their web page also includes information and resources about sleep and Autism.

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy

http://www.wrightslaw.com
This is an online special education law site.

Keeping People with Autism Safe
This site about keeping loved ones with autism safe was recommended by Mary from Seattle.  Although the site is a home improvement site, it provided much excellent information about autism and safety including many resources.
Keeping Your Autistic Kids Safe at Home (from the website Home Advice)