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August 2014 - changes to DDS

The Omnibus Autism Bill unanimously passed both the House and Senate. The legislation:
• DDS will now be directed to include in its eligibility guidelines the federal definition of developmental disability for people on the autism spectrum and those with Prader-Willi. This is a significant change as it will assist many whose functional needs are not reflected by their IQ score and had not previously received DDS services.  

To read the Massachusetts Autism Commission report click here <<<

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Did you know...1 in 88 children; 1 in 54 boys, will have these disorders which are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.  Click below for  further information

Autism Resource Center - Central Mass <<< click here for website

Community Autism Resources - SE Mass <<< click here for website

Autism Support Center - NE Mass <<< click here for website

Autism Insurance Resource Center


Autism and Communication  

Autism and Communication Part 2 - continues the discussion from part 1 above


To find an AMC Theater Nationwide click the logo above, many available here in Massachusetts 

To find an AMC Theater Nationwide click the logo above, many available here in Massachusetts 

DID YOU KNOW THAT...

AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the "Sensory Friendly Films" program.

In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing - in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned.


Metro Region

Advocates, Inc./ Autism Alliance of Metrowest

Address: 1881 Worcester Road Framingham, MA 01701

Phone: (508) 652-9900

Contact: Pam McKillop and Allison Daigle

Email: pmckillop@advocates.org & adaigle@advocates.org

Website: www.autismalliance.org

Serving: Metrowest

TILL/Autism Support Center

Address: 20 Eastbrook Road, Dedham, MA 02026

Phone: (781) 302-4835

Contact: Joshua Lyons, Autism Services Coordinator

Email: Joshua.lyons@tillinc.org

Website: www.tillinc.org

Serving: Greater Boston including but not limited to: Cambridge, Chelsea, East Boston, Malden, Revere, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, and Winthrop

The Arc of South Norfolk/The Family Autism Center

Address: 789 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood, MA 02090

Phone: (781) 762-4001

Contact: Brian Clark, Director

Email: bclark@arcsouthnorfolk.org

Website: http://www.arcsouthnorfolk.org/family-autism-cneter.html

Serving: Norfolk County Area

Central/West Region

Central

HMEA: Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts

Address: 71 Sterling Street, West Boylston, MA 01583

Phone: (508) 835-4278

Contact: Sue Loring

Email: autism@hmea.org; sloring@hmea.org

Website: www.autismresourcecentral.org

West

The Association for Community Living/ Community Resources for People with Autism

Address: 116 Pleasant Street – Suite 366, Easthampton, MA 01027

Phone: (413) 529-2428, ext.111 or (800) 892-7003 (toll free)

Contact: Jan Doody

Email: jan.doody@theassociationinc.org

Berkshire Office:

Address: 100 North St. Suite 322, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contact: Erica Donovan

Phone: (413) 443-4780, ext.19

Email: Erica.donovan@theassociationinc.org

Website: www.communityresourcesforautism.org


Southeast Region

Community Autism Resources

Address: 33 James Reynolds Road, Unit C, Swansea, MA 02777

Phone: (508) 379-0371/ (800) 588-9239

Contact: Barbara Domingue

Email: Barbaradomingue@community-autism-resources.com

Website: www.community-autism-resources.org or

www.community-autism-resources.com

Northeast Region

Northeast Arc/The Autism Support Center

Address: 6 Southside Road, Danvers, MA 01923

Phone: (978) 777-9135

Contact: Gloria Ricardi Castillo and Susan Gilroy

Email: asc@ne-arc.org

Website: http://www.ne-arcautismsupportcenter.org