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Autism Resources Guide

ASD Agencies, Groups, and Resources

Local Resources

LifeLinks

978-251-0610 ext. 6040
http://www.lifelinks.ws
http://www.facebook.com/pages/LifeLinks-Family-Support-Center/160606473984579
LifeLinks offers many support services for Special Needs families.

Lowell Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council

(978)454-1967 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mail

http://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/pages/lpsd/depts/Special_Education/Parent_Advisory_Council

 

Lowell Public Schools Special Education Home Page

http://www.lowell.k12.ma.us/pages/lpsd/depts/Special_Education

NAMI Greater Lowell

http://www.nami.org/MSTemplate.cfm?MicrositeID=161
NAMI also serves families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Paul Center for Learning and Recreation, Inc.

Provides services for people with special needs.
http://www.thepaulcenter.org/index.html

South Bay Early Intervention

1-800-244-4691
www.southbaymentalhealth.com/intervention1.html
Provides screenings, referrals, and support for children birth to age three and their families

Thom Anne Sullivan Center

126 Phoenix Ave.
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 453-8331
www.thomchild.org/cityPages/annsulivan/as.html
Provides screenings, referrals, and support for children birth to age three and their families

State and New England Resources

Asperger’s Association of New England
85 Main St., Suite 101
Watertown, MA 02472

617-393-3824
http://www.aane.org/


Autism Insurance Resource Center

781-642-0248 or 800-642-0249 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Autism Insurance Resource Center provides information to the public about insurance coverage under a new law, An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism (ARICA), which took effect in Massachusetts on January 1, 2011. There are many questions relating to the implementation of the law, e.g., to whom, ARICA applies, what treatments are covered and how to access coverage. The Center, a new program of New England INDEX, is designed to provide information and support for self-advocates, family members, providers, employers and educators on issues related to medical insurance for autism treatment.  The AIRC also offers webinars and trainings about insurance coverage for autism. insurance.


Autism Society of America, Massachusetts Chapter

47 Walnut St.
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
(781) 237-0272 ext. 17

Autism Speaks, Massachusetts Chapter

http://communities.autismspeaks.org/site/c.ihLPK1PDLoF/b.4182579/k.92C4/HomeLocal_News.htm

Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

http://www.dougflutiejrfoundation.org/

LADDERS.ORG

http://www.ladders.org
A parent and community organization supporting the Clinical Program of the Lurie Family Autism Center/LADDERS of Mass General Hospital for Children

Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Autism Project

100 Boylston Street, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 357-8431
www.massadvocates.org/autism_project

Autism Special Education Support Center

Provides training, assistance, and advocacy services.
Also has an Autism Special Education Legal Support Center.

Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services

Central Directory for Early Intervention:
1-800-905-8437 (1-800-905-TIES)
http://www.massfamilyties.org

Massachusetts Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/ma.htm

MassMatch

http://www.massmatch.org
According to their website:
Through partnerships with community-based organizations, MassMATCH is currently creating new AT programs and working to coordinate AT services throughout the Commonwealth. MassMATCH is one of 56 state-level AT initiatives in the United States. Our mission is to promote the use of assistive technology and assistive technology services to enhance the independence of people with disabilities, enabling equal participation in all of life's activities.

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.

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.

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

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy

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

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