Special Needs Resources

As parents of special needs children, we know you are looking to get your hands on the most beneficial resources to help your family and your child. We've put together a list of local and national resources covering a variety of information and topics for your reference. Please feel free to reach out with more suggestions or any comments and questions you may have.

 
 
 
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AUtism alliance of metrowest

Based in the MetroWest of Boston in Framingham, The Autism Alliance provides support, programs, and resources to families affected by autism. Along with helping families understand an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, they also help to guide them through the next steps, and connect them to a supportive community. Visit their website to get support and find their resources directory with more information.

 
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Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is a non-profit organization focused on conducting and sponsoring research aimed at improving the quality of life for today’s generation of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Their website provides resources to understanding autism, symptoms and behavior as well as resources.

 
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Autism SocietY oF America

The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. Along with hosting the largest conference in the US, they provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels. Visit their website to learn more and get involved.

 
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Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Visit their website for information around Autism research, programs, services, walks and special events!

 
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Autism CARES FOUNDATION

Autism Cares Foundation focuses on providing various activities where children, teens, and adults with special needs can participate. One of the many challenges with a child or young adult with autism is to provide them with as typical of a life as possible. Presently, there are few places where children with autism can play sports together or engage in any type of structured play, physical fitness or other activities. Visit their website to check out their calendar of events, technology program and scholarship program.

 
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Easter Seals of Massachusetts

Easter Seals Massachusetts helps to provides services to the growing population of children and teens with disabilities. They offer a variety of programming including technology programs, recreational events,  summer camps, mentor programs, leadership and transition services, employment and training services and more. Visit their website to connect locally.

 
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Greater Massachusetts Special Needs Events

Covering Autism, ADD, ADHD, Developmental, Intellectual, Hearing and Vision Impairments, as well as Physical Challenges and Medically Complex, Greater Massachusetts Special Needs  publishes events across the state along with camps, recreation, workshops, conferences and more. Visit their website to check out their comprehensive listings.

 
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The Arc of Massachusetts

The Arc of Massachusetts works to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and their families. Along with advocacy programs, they also have a variety of programs, services, events and more as a way to foster social inclusion across the community. 

 
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US AUtism and Aspergers Association

US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for Autism and Asperger education, support, and solutions. Since 1995, USAAA began improving the quality of life of individuals affected by autism, Asperger Syndrome and other related disorders. Visit their website to get information on: their projects, conferences, resources, education, training, scholarships, sibling program and more.