Individuals and Families can call the Center and ask to speak with Dianne Crossley our Adult Services Specialist for information on local providers and public supports. She can be reached on her direct line at 508-298-1611 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of links for resources for Adults with ASD can be found here.
The autism omnibus bill of 2013 led to the designation of the Department of Developmental Services to serve adults with autism who do not have intellectual disabilities . For many, the eligibility process for DDS, MassHealth, Social Security Disability and other services creates overwhelming anxiety. Our Adult Services Specialist can assist individuals with applications, and to find state & local supports.
Brief Clinical Consultation
Dianne is a LICSW with over 25 years of experience working with individuals with clinical needs. She is available for brief clinical consultation and will give referrals to clinicians for individuals in need of ongoing therapy.
The Center offers various workshops on topics of interest . Check the Calendar for details
The Center offers classes to learn skills that will be bridges to greater independence for individuals on the spectrum. Employment and preparation to take a learners permit are examples of what has been offered.
Support and Networking
Support Groups for parents and networking opportunities for those on the spectrum are offered monthly. Check the calendar for details
Activities in the community are offered monthly for individuals to meet and socialize. Dinner and conversation , Pizza and a Movie, Laser tag and Comic Con, Music performances and bowling are among some of the past activities. Meet others with similar interests and challenges and build friendships Check the calendar for details .
Self Advocacy Training
A self advocacy group meets monthly at the Center. Come learn how to speak up for yourself and work with others who have similar goals.
A natural outgrowth of self advocacy is Legislative Advocacy. The Center is a founding member of Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts. Each April AFAM hosts an Autism Advocacy Day at the Statehouse. Individuals who are interested are welcome to attend and will be assisted to find their legislators offices that day.
Staff is available to present workshops on Autism and the challenges of living on the spectrum can bring to an individual and their family. Employers, Colleges, and public servants have been trained in the past .