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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: email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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
Department of Developmental Services (DDS) – Lowell
55 Techology Drive, Suite 202
Lowell, MA 01851
NAMI Greater Lowell
PO Box 692
Tyngsboro, MA 01879
Northeast Arc – Autism Support Center
6 Southside Rd.
Danvers, MA 01923
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Transition Planning Group
Meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of the month from 6 PM – 7:45 PM.
126 Phoenix Ave., 3rd Floor, Room 3
RSVP: Nancy Collier, 508-688-5739 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
51 Water St., Suite 206
Watertown, MA 02472
AANE works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Aspergers Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles.
The Autism Insurance Resource Center
The center provides information for families, providers, clinicians, employers, and educators on issues related to medical insurance for autism treatment
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.
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.
Lurie Center for Autism
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA 02421
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
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
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
600 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
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
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
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
Massachusetts General Hospital
15 Green Street, Third Floor
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 726-0060
Fax: (617) 726-0064
This is a program of Massachusetts General Hospital. It provides children on the autism spectrum opportunities to learn and work on social skills.
Asperger Syndrome Education Network
Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit
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 provides financial assistance for ASD families who are struggling with cost of living issues. Those needed help must complete an online application.
Autism Resources: A Complete Guide for Parents of Autistic Children
This resource is part of the Doodle Buckets online resource.
Autism Society of America
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)
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
Information about Asperger Syndrome and Autism. Contains articles, links, and many more resources
Sensory Smart Parent
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
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
From Autism Speaks. A kit to help families on the Spectrum transistion from adolescence to adulthood
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.
Understood is an organization whose purpose is to provide resources for special needs people and their supporters to help them navigate the world.
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy
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)
Major Vision Centers Treating Children with Developmental Disabilities (from Children’s Vision Massachusetts)
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115
(Also satellite locations)
Boston Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
850 Harrison Ave 3rd Floor,
Boston, MA 02118
Ph: (617) 414-4020
(Also satellite locations)
453 Concord Ave,
Lexington, MA 02421
Ph: (781) 862-7323, Extension 111
MCPHS University School of Optometry
10 Lincoln Square, Worcester, MA 01608
Ph: (508) -373-5830
NECO Center for Eye Care
930 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Perkins School for the Blind
175 N Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472
Ph: (617) 924-3434
New England Eye Center
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street, #450
Boston, MA 02111
(also satellite locations)
UMass Memorial Eye Center
281 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Eye Doctors in MA serving Children with
Intellectual Disability: (from Children’s Vision Massachusetts: DDS Resource List for Eye Care Providers)
Miscellaneous Online Resources
10 Best Assistive Tech Apps for Children with Autism
DailyWireless reviewed apps that could be utilized by people on the autism spectrum.
Provides online articles about finance. They also include articles related to finances and special needs families*
*Inclusion of this resource does not constitute endorsement of article content.
A Guide to Moving with Children Who Have Autism
Moving can be stressful for anyone. Here is an online guide from a website that provides online resources related to moving. This site includes information about helping people on the spectrum cope with a move.