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1 in 68: Autism Spectrum Resources for Families

NEWS!  The U.S. Center for Disease Control has released its most recent statistics for autism rates.  The new statistics show 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum.  One out of 42 boys is affected by autism. (March 2014)

Libraries and AutismAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum. Youth Services Staff has compiled a list of autism spectrum resources for families. The best place to start, if you suspect your child might be on the spectrum, is to have your child screened. The earlier your child starts therapies, the better. If your child is under age three there are two local agencies, South Bay Early Intervention and Thom Anne Sullivan Center, that provide screening services. If your child is age three or older, contact the Lowell Public Schools for assistance.

Information contained on this web page does not constitute library endorsement of a treatment, agency or advocacy group. The library maintains that it is up to the parent/legal guardian to determine proper treatment for his/her child. This web page is solely a place of information for the huge array of materials related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

If your family uses a service or has a favorite autism spectrum web site that is not listed, please let us know so we can share with others in the community. Contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


ACT Today! Autism Grants
Applications open July 1st – 31st, 2015. ACT Today! grants are designed to provide access to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Grant payments will be made directly to pre-approved treatment providers, assessors or materials vendors. Grants does not cover payments for Transportation requests (cars, car repair, transportation passes, air travel)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Personal Needs (rent, utilities, family vacations).
For more information, visit the ACT Today! Grant Page or  877-9ACT-TODAY or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Events at the Library

An Activity for Special Needs Children: Lego Time
Our Lego Time is done until the fall.  See you in September!
Sign up required.  Contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services to sign up and with any questions.  Call 978-674-1527 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Upcoming Events in the Community

Lowell Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Lowell Sped PAC)

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from October to June at the Butler School.The school is located at 1140 Gorham St. between Rosenblooms and the Shaughnessy School. There is plenty of parking near the door. Meetings begin at 7:00 P.M. If door is locked, ring yellow buzzer. Visitors are always welcome.

~ All Meetings are on Thursdays ~

Sept. 17, 2015 - (3rd Thurs. due to start of school)
October 1, 2015 - Newcomers Night
November 5, 2015 *
December 3, 2015
January 7, 2016
February 4, 2016
March 3, 2016 *
April 7, 2016
May 5, 2016 *                            *Denotes a Speaker              
June 2, 2016                       

There will be a variety of speakers in the coming year.  Many of them play a key role in the education of your child. For specific speaker info, please contact the Sped PAC.

In the event of poor weather or other emergency, meeting cancellations will be announced through email and phone notification. If there is no school in  the Lowell Schools, there is no meeting.

Lowell Special Education
Parent Advisory Council
(Lowell Sped PAC)
Attn: Sped PAC
43 Highland Street
Lowell, MA  

Especially for Me at the Discovery Museums in Acton
Autism Friendly Afternoons, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

October 6, November 3, December 1, 2015
During ASD Friendly Afternoons, no school groups or birthday parties will be scheduled to avoid overcrowding and support accessibility of exhibits. A dedicated room will also be available to welcome families with a child with an ASD to orient them to the campus and programs, and provide a quiet space for children needing a break from the stimulation of the museums.

Evenings for Families with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, 5 PM - 8:30 PM

July 11, August 9, October 17, December 12, 2015
During our Free Evenings for Families of Children with an ASD, the Museums are closed to the public so families may explore with others with similar needs.  Food is generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton.

For more information about these Discovery Museums events or to register, click here.

Aspire College Boot Camp for High-Cognitive Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
Lexington, July 13 – 17, 2015. The Aspire College Boot Camp program helps college-bound high school seniors and young adults with high- cognitive autism spectrum disorders or a related profiles transition into college.
In this one-week summer program, participants learn about:
 * Campus Life
 * How to connect with peers
 * How to decode a syllabus, and access resources
 * Learn what is like to be in a college setting and how to use strategies to succeed in college life.
July 13-17, 2015,  Lexington, MA.
Visit The MGH Aspire Summer Adult Boot Camp page for more information.

Autism-Friendly Day Out with Thomas
July 19 and July 26, 2015
North Conway, New Hampshire
This reservations-only Autism-Friendly Day Out With Thomas™ is a special “Autism-Friendly” train, where First Class cars will be reserved for families who have a child on the spectrum. These are climate controlled with closed windows to reduce some noise, and the speakers in the car will be turned off.
Volunteers from the Mt. Washington Valley Children’s Museum have quiet activities for kids, plus Frodo “The Walking Tank” Sulcata Tortoise from Africa will be on board.
* Because this is the last train of the day your family can spend up to another 30 minutes on the train, interacting with the conductor or participating in the activities.
* Tickets & Reservations Required – for more information visit Conway Scenic Railroad Day Out with Thomas Page or contact 800-232-5251 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Artful Healing for Autism Spectrum
August 8, September 12, October 3, 2015
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, August 8th, 2015. Class Description: Around the World. Art can take us to places we never dreamed of -a far off land, a mythological island, a bustling city. Explore the fictional and real life places art can transport us to in a blink of an eye.  For ages 6 – 8 and 10-12. Artful Healing and Beyond the Spectrum offer a specially designed program for Autism Spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Upon arrival children will be divided into groups by age and/or needs.
Fees Apply
For more information visit the Artful Healing page or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-369-4027.

Summer Fair for Kids with Disabilities
August 9, 2015, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Paul Center for Learning and Recreation, Inc., 39 Concord Rd., Chelmsford
Free to Kids with disabilities and their families. Games, crafts, parachutes and prizes. Sponsored and run by the Knights of Columbus Chelmsford/Westford/Littleton, MA. For more information visit
Register to: 978- 692-6866 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sensory Friendly Films at AMC Theatres (Methuen, Tyngsboro)

The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - Minions
Movie times are at 10 AM.

Local Theatres:
AMC Tyngsboro, 440 Middlesex Rd., Tyngsboro, MA
AMC Loews Methuen, 90 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, MA


For more information click here.

*Dates and films are subject to change

Special Summer Camps

Hard to believe but it's time to start thinking about summer camp.  MA Sped Child & Teen has a summer camp resource page that includes information about summer 2015.

Autism in the News

From LifeLinks:
Planning for Life After Special Education: Transition Services Online Manual
The Disability Law Center in Boston has revised their manual 'Planning for Life After Special Education' and it is available online for FREE. They have made several significant changes, including new information on the following topics:
-Developing appropriate transition services for students with severe developmental disabilities
-Helping your student transition successfully into the adult workforce
-Knowing the various diploma options and determining which option is best for your child
The second edition of this manual also provides revised case summaries, thirteen new informational videos in English, Spanish, and ASL, and information on how to manage public benefits.
This amazing resource is available online for free. If you have a child approaching transition age, this is a must read!

Leading the Way: Autism Friendly Youth Organizations

Autism Speaks has created a guide for community organizations to help them better serve children with autism and their families.  This information is available online.

Autism Speaks has created the online resource, Postsecondary Educational Opportunities.


Autism Blogger - Online Autism Support Group
Accepting Asperger's Syndrome - This is a crash course to accepting your Asperger's!


Parents of Special Needs Kids Meet Ups: This is an online resource of groups and meetings in the Boston area. Link:

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