Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) Benefits & Housing Workshop: December 7th, 2013, Advocates, Inc., Framingham. Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) hands-on workshop will help give you an idea of what benefits your family member may be eligible for, what you can afford, and what models might be applicable to your situation. Workshop includes questionnaires, worksheets, and Section 8 applications for personal use. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Autism Housing Pathways.
Parenting Girls on the Autism Spectrum: Overcoming the Challenges and Celebrating the Gifts: December 7, 2013, Watertown. Author Eileen Riley-Hall, mother of two girls with ASD diagnoses, will be the speaker. This talk will address the special challenges faced by girls on the spectrum and their families, including finding friends, negotiating the social landscape, and dealing with the expectations our culture places on girls and women. Girls on the autism spectrum are greatly outnumbered by males within the autism world and face difficulties in "girl world," a place that demands a high level of social acumen Fees apply. For more information visit www.aane.org
DSM-5 Changes & Their Impact on Special Needs Advocacy: October 29, 2013, Waltham, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Neuropsychologist Rafael Castro, former supervising psychologist for Autism and Related Disorders and the Boston Children's Hospital Preschool Clinic, specializes in the assessment of preschoolers, children with developmental disabilities and Spanish speaking children. For more information visit The Special Needs Advocacy Network Website or email email@example.com or call 508.655.7999
Shonda Shilling: The Best Kind of Different: October 27, 2013, Temple Israel of Natick. Shonda Schilling, is mother of a child with Asperger's Syndrome, wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-Star Curt Schilling and author of The Best Kind of Different, which describes her son Grant’s struggles and the journey she and Curt took to understanding this often misunderstood syndrome. Ms. Shilling also works closely with the Asperger’s Association of New England and ASPIRE, and supports families with children on the autism spectrum. Reservation required, fees apply. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-561-9852.
Autism Housing Pathways Meetings: At Nashoba Learning Group, 10 Oak Park Drive, Bedford, MA. Autism Housing Pathways (AHP) is an organization of Massachusetts families who share an interest in creating self-directed housing to meet the needs of individuals with autism. AHP is engaged in assembling information on housing options for a variety of needs and incomes. Their goal is to provide members with a road map to achieve their vision. For more information visit www.autismhousingpathways.net/
The DSM-5 Changes & Implications for Autism Spectrum Disorders: June 19th, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Danvers. With Boston Children's Hospital specialists Dr. Sara Spence, Department of Neurology and Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and member of the DSM-5 work group on Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, and Dr. Nancy Sullivan, Staff Psychologist in Developmental Medicine. DSM-5 is the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This discussion will cover the upcoming DSM-5 changes, facts, information , misinformation, the new diagnostic criteria and the implications of many of the changes. Free but registration is required to email@example.com or 978-624-2302.
Medical Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorders: June 12, 2013, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. Dr. Ann Neumeyer, a Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Medical Director at the Lurie Center for Autism, will discuss what autism is and the medical conditions that can affect children with autism — such as sleep disorders, seizures, and gastrointestinal disease, along with methods for detecting and understanding these conditions. Free and open to the public but registration is required to www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or 888.554.4234. This event is part of the The Cooley Dickinson/Massachusetts General Hospital Lecture Series
Learn How To Create Visual Supports & Social Stories: May 22, 2013, 6:30-8:00 pm, Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children, Lexington. Kristina Duggan, the AAC Program Coordinator at Spaulding Lexington, will give an introductory session for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Focus will be on how to create and use visuals for schedules, social stories, and positive behavior supports. Examples will be provided, and the benefits of visual supports will be discussed. Online resources and iPad applications will also be presented. To RSVP contact 781.860.1742 firstname.lastname@example.org
May Institute Workshop - How to Effectively Access Insurance Coverage in Massachusetts: May 15th, 2013, Leominster, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Learn about insurance options for children and adults with ASD across the lifespan, updates on ARICA (the Massachusetts Autism Law), etc. Moderator will be Hanna C. Rue, Exe. Director of the National Autism Center and Vice President of Autism Services at the May Institute. Panelists will be from the Mass. Department of Developmental Services, Health Care for All, Health Law Advocates, and the Autism Insurance Resource Center. Free and open to the public. Register at www.leominsterlibrary.org or call 978-534-7522 x 114.
Autism Events Massachusetts
Yasko Protocol Autism Treatment: December 12, 2013, TACA Meeting, Tatnuck Booksellers, Westboro. The Talk About Curing Autism Massachusetts chapter will present Yasko Protocol, which discusses the individualized approach to treating autism through the understanding of the genetic profile. Speaker Erin Griffin will explain the intricacies of how the genetic profile can determine how a child responds to certain autism treatments and supplements. She is the mother of two sons who have benefited from the Yasko protocol and is the moderator of the Yasko protocol discussion board. Please RSVP to Mary.Romaniec@tacanow.org or visit TACA Massachusetts Web Page
Asperger Syndrome & Adult Life - Navigating the Massachusetts Public, Private Supports, Service Systems: January 11, 2014, Lasell College, Newton, MA. For adults with AS/related conditions and parents of adults and older teens with AS/related conditions. Experts will explain the many public and private supports that may be appropriate for adults with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions living in Massachusetts. Topics include:
• Federal Income Subsidy Programs
• Public Housing Options, Healthcare
• Public Vocational Supports
• Legal and Financial Planning
• Private Housing Options
• Private Vocational Supports
Fees apply to attend. For more information visit www.aane.org or call 617-393-3824
Interventions For School Children That May Have Learning Or Social Differences: November 20th, 2013, Wellesley. The Advice For Parents Panel will feature an expert panel answering questions regarding interventions and therapies that work for children with Attention and Sensory Integration Difficulties, Social Interaction Vulnerabilities, and Executive Functioning Difficulties. Co-Hosted by: Dr. Silvana Spinelli, Neuropsychological Evaluation specialist from The New England Center for Mental Health. Reservations required to 305-781-7160 or email@example.com or visit the Wellesley Public Library
The Independent Woman’s Handbook to Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum: Robyn Steward, author of The Independent Woman’s Handbook to Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age 11, and has nine other disabilities. Robyn is now 27 and provides training, consulting and mentoring to professionals, families, and people on the autistic spectrum.
Wednesday, November 6th, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Boston Conservatory. Topic: What Teachers Should Know About Students on the Autism Spectrum. Held on the 2nd floor of 31 Hemenway Street. No RSVPS needed.
Thursday, November 7th, Higashi School, Boston/Randolph. Ms. Steward will discuss her book and life experience.s RSVP required to this event, 781-961-0800 x117, or firstname.lastname@example.org
"It Takes A Village” - Including & Supporting Children with Autism - Free: October 30th, 2013, 7 - 9 pm, Quincy, MA. First Presbyterian Church's presentation is for those who work, volunteer with or encounter children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (A.S.D.) in their community to learn strategies to better include them and provide them with a more accepting environment. Speaker is Kelly Kelm, a Behavior Specialist who worked at the Perkins School for the Blind, Braintree Public Schools and the South Shore Educational Collaborative. RSVP to 781.848.8963 or email@example.com by October 27.
2013 Autism Consortium Research Symposium & Resource Fair: November 5th, 2013, Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School: For families, scientists, clinicians, and advocates to hear about new innovations and collaborations in autism research and clinical care, and discover local autism support organizations, resources on the transition to adulthood, and information on enrolling in the latest research studies. Speakers & Workshops:
• Deirdre Phillips - Executive Director, Autism Consortium
• "Connectivity and the Rise of Autism Research", Dennis Wall, Harvard Medical School
• "Difficult-to-treat autism: from genes to population studies in Rhode Island", Eric Morrow, Molecular Biology and Psychiatry Institute for Brain and Science, Brown University
• "In Their Own Words", Meet Teens Navigating the Transition to Adulthood
• "Psychiatric Genetics: Thinking Outside the Box", Jordan Smoller, MGH Department of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatric Genetics
• "Medical and Behavioral Conditions seen in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder", Jean A. Frazier, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, UMass Medical School.
For more information visit the website the Consortium's Event Page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 617-432-6961
Temple Grandin - Asperger Syndrome Connections Conference: October 4 & 5, 2013, Boston University.
Keynote Speakers - October 4th: Helping People with Asperger's and High Functioning Autism to Succeed, with Dr. Temple Grandin.
Keynote Speakers – October 5th: Thinking Smarter About People Who Think Differently, Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: Thinking Smarter About People Who Think Differently.
• What Two Presidents Taught Me About Love, Guilt and Fatherhood, with Ron Furnier, Editorial Director of National Journal
• Opening Doors to Employment Success for Teens and Adults with Asperger’s. With Dr. Stephen M. Shore.
• Smart but Scattered: Helping Children with Executive Dysfunction at Home and at School. With Peg Dawson, Psychologist.
Fees apply to attend the conference. For more information visit the AANE's Conference Event Page.
Autism Conference “Awareness, Education and Action": May 15th, 2013, Franklin, MA. Keynote speaker is Dr. David Cochran, Assistant Medical Director for the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorder (CANDO) and researcher in the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative (CANDI). Workshops include:
• New Perspectives on Neuro-Developmental Disorders, Dr. Howard Goldberg, author of Disconnected Kids, will discuss Neurodevelpmental disorders, such as ASD, ADHD, OCD, Dyslexia and learning disabilities based
• Prevention & Reduction of Challenging Behaviors, with Bill Holcomb, of the New England Center for Children
• Social Media to Access Local Disability Resources with Sharon Riddle, founder and director of the Social Media site www.spedchildmass.com
For more information contact 508-473-5700, Ext. 204 or email email@example.com
Boston Children’s Hospital study on ASD Children: Looking for 12-year-old children who have been diagnosed with high functioning autism spectrum disorder or Asperger’s disorder. For more information, please contact Rhiannon Luyster, PhD at 857-218-5209 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Massachusetts General Hospital Autism Study: If you think your child ages 6 - 17 may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Struggles to Communicate, or Acts Out and Seems Moody, they can take part in an Autism Study on Fish Oil Supplements: For more information contact Ashley at 617.503.1008
Other MGH Studies include:
- For in children between the ages of 6 and 17 with Autism Spectrum Disorder to see if a medication has any effect on anxiety symptoms. For more information call Rachel at 617.503.1061
- A medication study for Autism Spectrum adults ages 18 - 50 to address communication, making decisions and remembering things. For more information call Rachel at 617.503.1061
Beyond the Spectrum Art for Children on the Autism Spectrum. December 7, 2013, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Offers a specially-designed program for children ages 8-12 on the Autism Spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Fee of $9.50 per child includes materials and Museum admission, Chaperone or one adult is admitted free with each purchased child ticket and also receives a discount on parking in Museum facilities. Fees for additional adults. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are only available online up until Tuesday before the event. For more information visit the MFA's Beyond the Spectrum page, or contact email@example.com 617-369-4027.
Athletes-4-Autism: Fall 2013 Rolling Registration Now Open, at Boston University. Open to kids with any disability, Athletes-4-Autism offers individualized attention and expert sport instruction from young athletes, facilities, non-personal equipment, fundamental skills and the rules of the game. Kids are matched with trained athlete mentors based on their sport interest and ability, and can choose if they want to work with one or more athlete individually, or learn in a group. Fees apply and scholarships are available. For more information visit the Athletes-4-Autism or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sensory-Friendly performance of A Christmas Carol: November 9th, 2013, Providence, RI. Trinity Rep theatre's Sensory-Friendly Performance is welcoming to children and adults with sensory input disorders, autism, or other developmental, cognitive and physical disabilities and their families and caretakers. Accommodations include:
• Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
• Lights will be up for the entire show
• Theatrical haze and strobe light effects will be removed
• Volume, abrupt and loud sounds will be lowered
• Designated quiet areas in the lobby
• Trained Trinity Rep staff members who are accommodating of families’ needs
• Trinity Rep will provide a plot synopsis and social story to help prepare for their visit
• “Meet Your Seat” session at 1 p.m.
To find out how to buy tickets contact 401- 351-4242 or visit www.trinityrep.com. Be sure to designate that you would like to attend the sensory-friendly performance or use promo code SF if purchasing online. For additional information, contact the Education Programs Manager at 401-521-1100 ext. 114 or email@example.com
Wings for Autism: November 2, 2013, 9 a.m., Logan Airport, Boston. REGISTRATION is required. Wings for Autism events are designed for families who have children with an autism spectrum disorder to practice a trip to the airport. Every member of the family is issued a boarding pass. They practice going through a fully staffed security checkpoint and then wait at the terminal before boarding their plane. Families can talk with flight attendants and pilots and provide their children with a real-life, air-travel experience. For more information contact Director of Autism Support 508.651.5914 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The Charles River Center
Boston Community Days for Autism Spectrum Disorder: November 2nd, 2013. Open Houses for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, other related developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers. First Responders will be on hand to answer questions on how to best prepare for emergency situations involving your diagnosed loved one. Made possible by The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc., the ALEC Program,of The Arc of South Norfolk, Boston City Council Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department, Boston EMS Till, Inc.
• Oct. 19, Engine 5360, Saratoga St., 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
• Nov. 2, Engine 2700, East Fourth St., 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
For more information visit the Boston Community Days page
The Danny Foundation for Autism Family Grants: Until October 15th, 2013. For individuals with autism and their families. Preference will be given to Massachusetts residents and organizations. Please do not request a grant in excess of $500. Grants are to:
• Assist families in the care of individuals with autism, including respite care
• Help educate individuals regarding the diagnosis and treatment of autism
• Support professionals in furthering their education in the field of treating individuals with autism.
The Foundation is open to innovative projects that will provide increased independence for people with autism or increased family time. The application must include the attached grant application cover sheet. Donations made to individuals will be need (financial) based. Explain your financial need, and indicate why you qualify. A copy of your latest federal tax return. is helpful, please specify other current sources of assistance such as DDS, School District, Mass Health, etc. Without this information your request is incomplete and will not be reviewed.
• Proposal postmarked by: October 15, 2013
• Committee Evaluation: November 30, 2013
• Notification: December 23, 2013
To request an application form, mail a note with either your e-mail address (for an electronic copy) or a stamped self addressed envelope (for a hard copy) to:J anet Abrahamson, Chairperson, 166 Mill Street Stoughton, MA 02072.
ACT Today! SOS Autism Grant Program: ACT Today! SOS Grant Program is for individuals and families diagnosed with autism who may be in immediate personal danger or harm, and is designed to provide immediate support based upon need and the program funds available. ACT Today! SOS Program Application Process
• Email SOSProgram@act-today.org with Name, address & age of applicant (or call 1-877-922-8863)
• Family Income from most recent tax forms
• List the support requested, provider & cost of the support (maximum $5,000)
• Up to a 200 word description of why your request requires immediate assistance and cannot wait for the next quarterly grant cycle.
• ACT Today! SOS Program cannot fund living expenses, travel, utilities or clothing
• Income level of the applicant’s family must be below $45,000/year
• Applicant may not have received support from ACT Today! within the past 12 months of applying
For more information on the request and grant approval process, please visit the ACT Today! SOS Program
ACT Today! Quarterly Grants & ACT Today! Grants for Military Families: ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides autism grants for assessments, treatments, and life supports that may not otherwise be covered privately by school districts, county programs, insurance, and/or other grant making entities.
• The application must be completed in its entirety to be reviewed.
• Amount of grant request – Typical grants awarded range between $100 - $5,000
• Household income – Incomes below $100,000 per year are reviewed first.
• Type of treatment requested
• Numbers of family members with ASD diagnosis
Grant application deadlines:
October 1st – 31st, 2013. For more information visit
Act Today Grants