Autism Resources Guide

ASD Agencies, Groups, and Resources

Local Resources

Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Pediatrics West, PC
133 Littleton Road
3rd Floor Conference Room
Westford, MA  01886
7 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesday, May 9
Thursday, June 1
Tuesday, July 11
Thursday, August 10
Tuesday, September 19
Thursday, October 5
Tuesday, November 14
Thursday, December 14

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


978-251-0610 ext. 6040
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


Lowell Public Schools Special Education Home Page

Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Lowell Area Office
325 Chelmsford St.
Lowell, MA  01852

NAMI Greater Lowell
NAMI also serves families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Northeast Arc
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.

Provides services for people with special needs.

South Bay Early Intervention

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
Provides screenings, referrals, 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, 508-688-5739 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This program is a collaboration between MSPCC, PPAL, CTI and DMH

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
In Collaboration: CTI, MSPCC & PPAL

UMASS Lowell Center for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
The University of Massachusetts Lowell has a Center for Autism Research and Education (CARE) which focuses on research and education to improve the lives of those with ASD and their families. They conduct research studies related to ASD and provide some services such as an Autism Support Group for parents of young children (up to age 6) on the autism spectrum and a monthly social networking program called "The Network" for young people ages 16 - 30 years on the high end of the autism spectrum.  For more information click here.

State and New England Resources

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


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

Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

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

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)

Massachusetts Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

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
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.


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.

National Resources


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
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

Autism Speaks
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.

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

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
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)

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