About the Center

HMEA’s Autism Resource Central was conceived in 1996 by a group of parents to serve primarily as an information and referral service for children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The Center services the eastern portion of DDS Central-West Region. This encompasses North Central, Worcester, and South Valley areas. All totaled there are 65 towns within the  Center’s service area. However, families who live outside our service area may choose to utilize our Center, The Division of Autism requests that families choose and utilize the Center that best suits their family’s needs and not utilize multiple state funded Centers. Please see our Resource Map for all DDS funded Centers.

This program is funded by the Department of Developmental Services ( DDS ) and administered by Horace Mann Educational Associates, Inc. HMEA recognizes that family participation is critical to the success of it’s programs, a Family Advisory Board serves as the voice of families to the Center.

Information and referral, education, family support and networking are vital services the Center provides. HMEA’s  Autism Resource Central is designed to help parents, educators, service providers, and medical professionals provide effectively for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Center does not recommend any single program or treatment but instead offers information on a great variety of issues giving parents and professionals what they need to make educated choices.

about-us-mission-statement-11-17-14Our Mission Statement

Our mission, our vision, our values.

Our Staff

Meet our staff!

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Archives of our newsletter from today back to Spring ’06.

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The Center coordinates a variety of activities, check out our calendar for more info.

about-us-fam-ad-board-4-2-15Family Advisory Board

Members of the Family Advisory Board are parents of children with autism spectrum disorders from across the Central portion of the Central/West Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Region, and serve as the voice of the families the Center serves.

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All activities require prior registration through this page. Registration closes when the event is fully subscribed, or two business days before the event. For many activities space is limited.