Helping families stay
INFORMED. EMPOWERED. CONNECTED.
Since 1991, Northeast Arc’s Autism Support Center has been empowering families who have a member with autism or a related disorder by providing current, accurate, and unbiased information about autism, services, referrals, resources, and research trends. The Center is directed by a Parent Advisory Policy Committee comprised of parents of children with ASD and it is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.
Services & Supports Include
Information, Resources, & Referrals
Our experienced team connects families with needed services and supports, both inside and outside Northeast Arc.
Training for Self-Advocates, Parents and Professionals
Workshops on vital topics such as behavioral supports, estate planning, special education rights, self-care, healthy relationships and more.
Free and low-cost events that provide opportunities for families to connect in a supportive, low-stress environment.
Cash assistance is available to families to help them meet the needs of their loved ones, thanks to funding from DDS, The Flutie Foundation and private donations.
Parent Support Groups and Networking
Facilitated meetings bring caregivers together to share experiences and wisdom, and nights out together provide fun, community, and respite.
Social & Recreation Programs
A variety of community-based activities that address a wide range of interests, offering diversion and social time with peers.
Touch to Talk
Funded through grants and donations, it gives access to AAC technology and training for parents and educators to support children’s success as communicators.
The Autism Support Center serves the following communities: Acton, Amesbury, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Beverly, Billerica, Boxborough, Boxford, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Danvers, Dracut, Dunstable, Essex, Everett, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester, Marblehead, Maynard, Medford, Melrose, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Stoneham, Stow, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Tyngsboro, Wakefield, Wenham, West Newbury, Westford, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn.
The Autism Support Center is located at 6 Southside Road, Danvers, MA 01923 and the general phone number is 978-777-9135.
“I am so grateful for the monthly Autism Support meetings. The parents that I have met through this group, and the information that has been shared, have helped my son and our family immensely. The parents in the group, just ‘get it.’ I felt so alone when we first received Charles’ ASD diagnosis. All of our immediate friends have neuro-typical children and none of them could understand what we were going through. Not only have I met wonderful people, who I now consider friends, but we were able to get Charles set up into an After 3 program that he loves. And I would have never known about this program had it not been for this support group. I look forward to continued meetings and workshops as both have been extremely informative.”
Our support groups give parents, grandparents, and brothers and sisters an opportunity to find others who understand their concerns, and gain strategies for home, school, and community integration.
Contact Northeast Arc’s Autism Support Center at 978-777-9135 or via email.
Below you will find a list of web resources recommended by the Autism Support Center (ASC). To learn more about available resources and services, you can call the ASC at 978-777-9135 or complete this form to have a member of the ASC staff contact you.
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Autism Support Center Web Resource Library
- Attainable Savings Plan (ABLE) fidelity.com/able/attainable/overview
- Autism Housing Pathways http://autismhousingpathways.org
- Autism Insurance Resource Center massairc.org
- Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) afamaction.org
Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
- DDS Area Office https://areaofficelocator.dds.state.ma.us/Home/LookupByCity
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
- MRC Locations https://www.mass.gov/vocational-rehabilitation/locations
- Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism flutiefoundation.org/
- Federation for Children with Special Needs http://fcsn.org
- The Arc of Massachusetts http://thearcofmass.org
- Massachusetts Advocates for Children https://www.massadvocates.org/
- Disability Scoop disabilityscoop.com
- Greater Massachusetts Special Needs and Events: Sped Child and Teen spedchildmass.com
- Exceptional Lives offers a free Resource Directory http://exceptionallives.org