"The Center has provided our family with a safe haven that validates our concerns; provides us with knowledge and services during our darkest days and shares in our most joyous celebrations "- Kelly H
The Autism Resource Center is committed to supporting every family member; we recognize that a diagnosis of autism affects everyone, not just the child.
Classic Autism Parent Group
Support Group for Parents of More Abled Children on The Spectrum
Formerly the Asperger Support Group, Meets monthly at the Resource Center. Network with other parents who share many of the same concerns. Groups run with and without outside speakers. Check Calendar for dates, registration is required.
Support Group for Families Who are Raising Children Severely impacted by Autism ( on hiatus)
Parents and Tots
Meets Monthly in the afternoon at the Center, for parents of preschoolers and kindergarten aged children who play while Mom’s network, includes art & crafts, sensory play and snacks for the children. Check Calendar for dates, registration is required.
Parents of Teens Group
Meets monthly at the Resource Center. Network with other parents who share many of the same concerns unique to teens. Transition planning, sex and sexuality, dating planning for the future. Groups run with and without outside speakers. Check Calendar for dates, registration is required.
Support Group for Grandparents (on hiatus)
Meets periodically at the Resource Center. Network with other grandparents who share many of the same concerns. Some Grandparents are raising their grandchildren, others are interested in more information so they can better support their own children in the challenges they face. Groups run with and without outside speakers. Check Calendar for dates, registration is required.
Grupo de apoyo de Padres Hispanos, con ninos y jovenes que estan dentro del spectrum del Autismo.
El Centro de Recursos de Autismo (Autism Resource Center, en inglés), en colaboración con Centro las Américas, se complace en ofrecer un grupo de apoyo para las familias que hablan español y que están criando a un niño con un Desorden de Espectro de Autismo. Este grupo se reunirá mensualmente en Centro las Américas en el 11 de la Sicomoro Street en Worcester, MA. El grupo de apoyo será codirigido por David Iborra, del personal de Centro de Recursos de Autismo, y por Ydalia Heimann, del personal de Centro.
Ustedes pueden ver las fechas en la página Web del Centro de Recursos de Autismo, en el calendario que aparece en www.autismresourcecentral.org.
Se ayudará a los padres a que aseguren los servicios a través de la División de Autismo del Departamento de Servicios de Desarrollo, incluyendo clínicas sobre IEP, ayuda financiera que le permita a su niño asistir a un grupo de destrezas sociales, Actividades del Diario Vivir, y clínicas para el desarrollo de apoyos visuales para sus niños, así como el apoyo y el compañerismo de otros padres que enfrentan desafíos similares. Los talleres que abordan las necesidades del grupo se ofrecerán según sea necesario.
Yahoo- Online Support Group
Since 2003 Parents across central Massachusetts who are registered with the Center have connected through our yahoo group. Join the 700+ parents for support, to share information or post questions for discussion. This group is always there when you need it! The list is NOT moderated although Center Staff do reserve the right to correct any erroneous information which may be posted.
Parent to Parent
Many parents are interested in speaking with other parents by phone. With permission from parents, names and numbers can be shared.
Dad's Night Out
Dad's Night Out offers fathers a chance to meet and network with other fathers who are faced with similar challenges. This group will meet at various recreational venues in Central MA and at the Autism Resource Center for speakers on topics which the group will define. Facilitated by David Iborra, Dad and autism Waiver Support Broker. Check calendar for dates, registration required. For more information contact David.
Parent Night Out
Sibshops are offered for brothers and sisters who are between the ages of 7-18. The Sibshop model intersperses information and discussion activities with new games, cooking, art activities and special guests. Check Calendar for details. Registration is required More information on Sibshops can be found here.
Me Time for L'il Sibs
Quarterly Newsletter, Weekly Updates and Website
"Connections", our quarterly newsletter, features Center updates, calendar of events including area conferences and articles of interest written by families. Access Newsletters.
Staff is available 5 days a week to answer questions and lend support. Messages can be left on answering machine and calls will be returned on the next workday.
Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
The DDS is the agency designated by the State to support people with developmental disorders. The Autism Resource Center staff can assist you in applying for eligibility for your child (call the Center for more information). For more information or to locate your area DDS office please click here.