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ADVOCACY AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Children's Law Center of Massachusetts,Lynn, Lawrence & Roxbury
Founded in 1977, The Children's Law Center Of Massachusetts is a private, non-profit, legal advocacy and resource center providing direct representation to low income children in Eastern Massachusetts, and technical assistance and training to lay and professional communities throughout New England on issues affecting children's education, civil rights, custody, health and welfare. Contact them at 1-888-KIDLAW8    http://clcm.org/index.html
LEGAL RIGHTS REGARDING TRANSITION PLANNING
BULLEYING AND HARASSMENT PREVENTION ORDERS
ENFORCING 504 PLANS
LEGAL RIGHTS OF DISABLED STUDENTS RE SCHOOL DISCIPLINE MEASURES

Disability Law Center- Boston, Northampton

The Disability Law Center (DLC) is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts.  DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. DLC receives federal, state and private funding but is not part of the state or federal government. We provide information, referral, technical assistance and representation regarding legal rights and services for people with disabilities. We provide legal services to eligible people and groups whose cases meet DLC's priorities. Our experienced lawyers and paralegals conduct trainings for community groups and other advocacy organizations.
http://www.dlc-ma.org/index.htm

The Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families. The Federation offers workshops and training, advocacy and resources to parents of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them.  Their Parent Training and Information Center provides free information, support, technical assistance and workshops to Massachusetts' families who have children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.
www.fcsn.org
PARENTS' GUIDE TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

Mass. Advocates for Children; Boston, MA
Massachusetts Advocates for Children is a private non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. MAC provides help for children who are facing barriers to receiving educational services to which they are legally entitled. Priority populations are children with disabilities, homeless children, children who have been expelled or suspended from school, and children who are victims of or have witnessed domestic violence. Get advice over the phone, referrals for further advocacy or services, or, for low-income families, in some instances direct representation from staff or referral to a pro-bono attorney or advocate. Please call 617-357-8431 x224 and leave a message for intake coordinator or email LLockhart@massadvocates.org
http://www.massadvocates.org/index.php

MASSACHUSETTS LAWS REGARDING SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
MASS.GOV LEGISLATION RECORD
MA LAW LIBRARY

Parent Professional Advocacy League (PAL)
The Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) is a statewide family organization dedicated to improving the mental health and well being of children, youth and families through education, advocacy and partnership.
PPAL.NET

SPEDWatch
SPEDWatch is a community of concerned citizens: a grassroots, nonprofit, social change movement working to secure the educational rights of all Massachusetts school children with disabilities, ages 3-21.
www.spedwatch.org

AFTER SCHOOL AND CAMPS
AccesSport America; Acton, MA
AccesSport America is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery of higher function, fitness, and fun for children and adults with disabilities through high challenge sports and individual training. Its high-challenge sports program includes a variety of water sports (kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing, outrigger canoeing), as well as cycling and soccer, including some programs for the whole family. They have developed innovative adaptive equipment to assist people in overcoming a variety of physical challenges. For more information call 617-303-2456
www.accessportamerica.org

The Bridge Center; Bridgewater, MA
The Bridge Center is a non-profit agency that provides recreational activities for children and young adults with disabilities. Activities include Summer Day Camp, Saturday Camp, School Vacation Camp, After School, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Carriage Driving, Hippotherapy, Stable Management, Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops, and Special Events
www.thebridgectr.org

Camp Starfish;  Lancaster, MA
Camp Starfish is one of the only summer camp and year-round support programs in the country for children with emotional, behavioral, social, and learning challenges to provide a 1-to-1 ratio of staff to campers at all times.  They offer day camps, overnight camps, teen and young adult camps, and weekend respites.
www.campstarfish.org

Challenger League Sports; Franklin, MA
Challenger League programs provide the opportunity for children with special needs to play and participate in group sports, such as basketball, soccer and baseball, within the town of Franklin. The goal is to provide a comfortable environment for the individuals, without the pressures and competition often associated with traditional sports teams. The emphasis is on fun, exercise and sportsmanship. The program also provides typical siblings, peers and parents, opportunities to share the joys of a positive sporting experience with the children with disabilities, who might never have considered playing otherwise. The program is available to boys and girls of any age, with all types of physical and developmental disabilities. There is no fee to participate. The programs are open to everyone. Please let us know you are interested in coming so we can provide you with the complimentary uniform. You are not obligated to show up each week. We do most of our communications through email, so sign up to be on our mailing list. Please contact Jon Ross at: jonathan.ross1@comcast.net to get on the mailing list. http://www.franklincl.com

Franklin Fish (Special Olympics Swimming); Franklin, MA
Recently added in Franklin is the "Franklin Fish." A team of children eight years and older who swim at local Special Olympics swim meets. Metals are awarded, a very rewarding experience for children and their families! For more information, please contact Heather Harwood at emailheather@aol.com.

JCC Maccarbi Camp Kingwood, Zohar Program; Bridgton, ME
The Zohar camping program is designed to meet the social and religious needs of developmentally challenged Jewish adolescents. Zohar fully integrates these youth into camp life; they participate in all camp-wide programs and daily events with the support and supervision of specially trained staff.  Zohar campers are children with developmental disabilities, high functioning spectrum disorders, and neurological and learning challenges.  The Zohar camper-to-bunk staff ratio is 2 to 1.
www.kingswood.org

Outdoor Explorations; Medford, MA
Outdoor Explorations is a non-profit organization that makes the outdoors a welcoming place to people with disabilities. Their adventure programs, training, and community service enable people of all abilities to discover and value their own and others' unique strengths. They offer programs for individuals, groups, and corporate clients. Working with committed volunteers, participants discover the possibility of having the outdoors be a part of their lives.
www.outdoorexplorations.org

YMCA, Bernon Family Branch; Franklin MA
The Integration Initiative at the Hockomock Area YMCA seeks to provide individuals with special needs an opportunity to participate with typically developing peers in Y programs and activities. Integration coordinator Ariel Doggett partners with families and individuals to facilitate successful participation at the Y. Programs offered include fully integrated programs, integrated programs offering introductory skills in a smaller instructor-to-participant ratio, and customized activities and classes for individuals with special needs.  Contact Ariel Doggett, Integration Coordinator for the Bernon Family Branch (Franklin) at 774-235-2722 or arield@hockymca.org.
www.hockymca.org

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLGIES
New England ADA Technical Assistance Center 

Adaptive Environments Center, Inc.
The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), founded in Boston in 1978 as Adaptive Environments, is an international non-governmental educational organization (NGO) committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. IHCD's work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human-centered or universal design. Call (617) 695-0085 (V/TTY); (800) 949-4232 (V/TTY) or E-mail: adaptive@adaptenv.org
www.adaptenv.org

Easter Seals Technology and Training Center - Boston
The Assistive Technology Regional Center (ATRC) helps people with disabilities in Eastern Massachusetts make informed decisions about assistive technology they can use to increase their independence at home, on the job or in school.  The center shares the Easter Seals mission:  ensuring that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.
http://ma.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=MADR_DLRC 

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY
MetroWest Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Wayland MA
For children and adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax-exempt organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. MetroWest CHADD  offers monthly support groups, links to local resources, and an information line for direct support.
www.chadd.net/467

National Institute of Mental Health
An online collection of books and factsheets about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/adhd-listing.shtml

ADULTS WITH AUTISM AND ASPERGER's
A meetup group in MA for adults
http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Adults-with-Aspergers-Meetup/

An online community
https://www.aspiescentral.com/

AUTISM SPECTRUM & DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY
Asperger/Autism Network (formerly Aperger's Association of New England; Watertown, MA
The Asperger/Autism Network's (AANE)'s mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for individuals with ASD and related conditions and their families. AANE offers a comprehensive array of programs and services responsive to the needs of the various sectors of the ASD community.
www.aane.org

The Autism Alliance of MetroWest, Inc ; Natick, MA
Provides families in the MetroWest area with information, education and support. They plan and implement programs and events that aid these families while increasing public awareness regarding autism. Programs include community education, sibling support groups, parents support groups, workshops, lending library, open gym, swim sessions, and more.
www.autismalliance.org

The Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts; West Boylston, MA
The ARCCM provides support for families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, to empower families to raise their children to be full members of their communities. They offer numerous support groups, as well as workshops and conferences.
www.autismresourcecentral.org

A Special Grace - Support for Autism Spectrum Families
A Special Grace is an Episcopal Church ministry devoted to families on the Autism Spectrum.  A special worship service is provided, offering a sensory-friendly experience and therapeutic activities for gross motor skills, fine motor skills, receptive language and social skills. Volunteers and paid staff provide support for families and siblings. All denominations welcomed.
www.ASpecialGrace.com

BULLYING

StopBullying.gov
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how kidsteensyoung adults,parentseducatorsand others in the communitycan prevent or stop bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied,get help
http://www.stopbullying.gov/

BLINDNESS & SIGHT IMPAIRMENT

Massachusetts Commission For the Blind - Boston
MCB provides the highest quality rehabilitation and social services to blind individuals, leading to independence and full community participation.
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/mcb/

Millis Public Library - Millis
Services available:
Optelec Clearview500: Reading even the fine print in books or magazines is easy with this handy monitor with a 56x magnifier.  The OPTALEC machine includes one-touch focus, handy zoom, a "movable table" for any printed materials and unparalleled ease of use.  This item was donated to the Millis Public Library by a local family, and is available for use at the Library anytime
http://www.millislibrary.org/millis/index.asp

National Federation of the Blind - Massachusetts, Brockton, Cambridge, Springfield, Worcester
The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, and services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality. http://www.nfbmass.org/

MassABS, our local student division, provides resources and networking for those pursuing studies in the commonwealth.
MassABS  - http://nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/massabs_nfbnet.org

Perkins School Braille & Talking Book Library - Watertown
The Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library, funded in part by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, provides free services to Massachusetts residents of any age who are unable to read traditional print materials due to a visual or physical disability. 
http://www.perkins.org/community-programs/btbl/

Worcester Talking Book Library - Worcester
The Talking Book Library provides free services to Massachusetts residents of any age who are unable to read traditional print materials due to a visual or physical disability. The Library has access to more than 800,000 volumes of recorded books, 5,500 large type titles, 900 described video titles and 100 magazines in recorded and Braille format. Providing mail-order service by telephone, as well as immediate service on a walk-in basis, the Talking Book Library serves customers from 9 months to over 100 years old.
http://www.worcpublib.org/talkingbook/index.htm

CEREBRAL PALSY
Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts - Quincy, Taunton
Serving Children and Adults with Developmental and Physical Disabilities in Over One Hundred Communities for more than 50 years.
http://www.masscp.org/

CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS
American Addiction Centers
When someone is living with a substance abuse disorder as well as a mental illness, the diagnosis is usually co-occurring disorders. Any combination of mental health disorders and substance abuse or addiction qualifies for this diagnosis (sometimes referred to as a dual diagnosis), such as alcoholism and depression, anorexia and cocaine dependence, post-traumatic stress disorder and heroin addiction, prescription drug dependence and anxiety, and more.

http://americanaddictioncenters.org/co-occurring-disorders/

DEAFNESS & HEARING IMPAIRMENT
DEAF, Inc. - Allston
Deaf, Inc. encourages and empowers Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind and Late-Deafened individuals to lead independent and productive lives. We offer a comprehensive package of programs and services in a supportive community environment that is linguistically and culturally accessible for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind and Late-Deafened individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural populations.
http://www.deafinconline.org/index.html

MASSRID - Masachusetts Registry of Interpretors for the Deaf
It is the mission of MassRID to work together with the Deaf Community in meeting the interpreting needs of Massachusetts residents by enhancing the quality and availability of sign language interpreters.
http://www.massrid.org/home

The Learning Center for the Deaf - Randolph, Framingham
Our mission is to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students achieve their full potential in an educational environment where language and communication are keys to building competence, character and community.
http://www.tlcdeaf.org/community/resources.html

DOWN'S SYNDROME

Massachusetts ARC - Waltham
The mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We accomplish this through advocacy of supports and services based in the community. Through advocacy and collaboration with others, The Arc of Massachusetts has helped to establish and maintain significant legislation and funding on both the state and federal levels.
http://www.arcmass.org/

DYSLEXIA

International Dyslexia Association
The purpose of IDA is to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and services that address the full scope of dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write. . . In a way that creates hope, possibility, and partnership. So that every individual has the opportunity to lead a productive and fulfilling life, and society benefits from the resource that is liberated.
http://www.interdys.org/index.htm
Download a list of MA Practicioners here.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico. LDA's international membership of over 15,000 includes members from 27 countries around the world. The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities. The state and local affiliates, through their affiliation with the national LDA, work continuously for individuals with learning disabilities, their parents and the professionals who serve them. Contact MASS Representative Aaron Smith by email: asmith07041979@gmail.com
http://www.ldanatl.org/index.cfm Click on State Chapters to find MA chapter

DWARFISM (Little People)

Little People of America
Little People of America, Inc., is a national non-profit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families. Short stature is generally caused by one of the more than 200 medical conditions known as dwarfism. LPA welcomes all 200+ forms of dwarfism. Contact District One (CT,ME,MA,NH,RI,VT) Director Barbara Spiegel by email: bspiegel@maine.rr.com
http://www.lpadistrictone.org/

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, Cambridge

Info on research, policy and programs in support of healthy child development.
http://developingchild.harvard.edu

Charles River Community Partnership for Children, Millis, MA
Since 1996, the Charles River Community Partnership for Children (CRCPC) has been committed to ensuring that every child in our community has access to high quality early education and care. Serving the children and families in Dover, Medfield, Medway, Millis and Sherborn, the CRCPC works with families, caregivers and early education professionals to ensure that quality experiences form the foundation for young learners in our community from birth to school age. The Charles River Community Partnership for Children is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
www.charlesrivercpc.org

Zero to Three
Zero to Three - national organization supporting policymakers, professionals and parents who improve lives of 0-3s by promoting health and development
www.zerotothree.org

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM/SCHOOLS

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
www.DOE.MASS.edu

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION
Marcia Mittnacht, Director (781) 388-3300 E-mail: mmittnacht@doe.mass.ed

Approved Department of Education Special Education Schools
http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/search/search.aspx?leftNavId=11238

MASS ASSOCIATION OF APPROVED PRIVATE SCHOOLS
MAAPS is a non-profit association of approved private schools dedicated to providing educational programs and services to students with special needs throughout New England. Here you will find a listing of members' schools and programs along with relevant descriptive information to assist you in placing a student or searching for employment. Also direct links to a wide range of information sites and resources. As a trade association representng competing organizations, MAAPS is not able to provide recommendations, reviews or ratings for placement at any one school or program. If you are looking for general information, you can contact the maaps office at (781) 245-1220 or info@maaps.org.
https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=MAAPS&WebCode=HomePage

MassPAC
MASSPAC at the Federation for Children with Special Needs is the statewide organization providing information, training, and networking opportunities to Massachusetts special education parent advisory councils (PACs) and the professionals who collaborate with them. After almost eleven years as a private non-profit, MassPAC became part of the Federation in July 2009.
http://www.masspac.org/

Online College Programs
Sometimes the best option for a student is learning online. Online Colleges website offers a comprehensive contact to those programs. http://www.onlinecolleges.net/massachusetts/

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES: AGES 3 THROUGH 5
Elisabeth Schaefer, Administrator E-mail: eschaefer@doe.mass.edu

PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES: AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2
Ron Benham, Director Early Intervention Services Dept. of Public Health (617) 624-5070 E-mail: ronbenham@state.ma.us

STATE COORDINATOR OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Francis Kane, Administrator School to Career (781) 388-3300 E-mail: fkane@doe.mass.edu

LEARNING DISABILITIES

The Integrated Center for Child Development (ICCD); Canton and Newton
The Integrated Center for Child Development (ICCD) is a multi-disciplinary center offering neuropsychological, behavioral, medical, and education services to individuals with special needs. ICC offers evaluative and treatment options to individuals presenting with a variety of developmental challenges. These include autism and autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, genetic disorders and developmental disabilities, ADD/ADHD, psychiatric disorders, and neurological injuries.
www.iccdpartners.org

Learning Disabilities Association of America
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico. LDA's international membership of over 15,000 includes members from 27 countries around the world. The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities. The state and local affiliates, through their affiliation with the national LDA, work continuously for individuals with learning disabilities, their parents and the professionals who serve them. Contact MASS Representative Aaron Smith by email: asmith07041979@gmail.com
http://www.ldanatl.org/index.cfm Click on State Chapters to find MA chapter


MENTAL ILLNESS

The May Counseling Center (May Institute); Walpole
May Institute provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. The Institute also provides training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. May Counseling Center is a full service outpatient mental health center for children, adolescents, and adults in the South Norfolk County area.
www.mayinstitute.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness-MASS chapter
We seek to extend the education, support, and advocacy programs of NAMI Massachusetts so that we will reach out to all Massachusetts consumers and their families; improve the public's awareness and understanding of mental illnesses; and advocate at all levels to ensure that all persons affected by mental illnesses receive, in a timely fashion, the services that they need and deserve.
www.NAMIMass.org

Parent Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)
The Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) is a statewide family organization dedicated to improving the mental health and well being of children, youth and families through education, advocacy and partnership.
PPAL.NET

State Mental Health Respresentative
Child and Adolescent Services at Department of Mental Health

Joan Mikula, Assistant Commissioner
(617) 727-5600 E-mail: jmikula@state.ma.us

PARENT, FAMILY AND SIBLING SUPPORT

FAMILY TIES(Federation for Children with Special Needs)-Canton
The Family TIES Parent-to-Parent Program provides a unique type of support among parents who share similar life experiences. Parents learn so much from the practical experiences of other parents.
www.massfamilyties.org
PARENT TO PARENT (A Program of FAMILY TIES)
Parent-to-Parent Coordinator: Gloria Klaesges email: gloria@fcsn.org

Mass Families Organizing For Change
The mission of MFOFC is to provide sustained advocacy and leadership training in pursuit of high quality, individualized community support and service options, including family support, for people with disabilities and their families.
http://www.mfofc.org/

mass211
Every day, someone somewhere in Massachusetts needs to find essential community services, an after school program, a food bank, or where to secure care for an aging parent. Many face these challenges, but don't always know where to turn for help. The solution is to dial 2-1-1.
http://www.mass211.org/

MASS Children's Trust Fund
Helping families create healthy, nurturing environments for their children is one of the best investments we can make as a community. At the Children's Trust Fund (CTF), we help parents navigate the joys and challenges of raising children. By strengthening families, educating parents and training professionals, we can prevent child abuse.
www.mctf.org

One Tough Job
The Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund created One Tough Job to support parents by providing them with current, reliable, and practical information on a variety of parenting topics related to raising children from infancy through adolescence. We aim to provide a general overview of topics, drawing from a variety of reputable and reliable sources.
www.OneToughJob.org

Parents Supporting Parents; Wrentham
Parents Supporting Parents is a safe, confidential forum for parents to share their concerns they have for their children with differences, their siblings and their families. The host guest speakers occasionally throughout the year.
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Parents_Supporting_Parents/

Y.O.U., Inc, Worcester
Y.O.U., Inc. provides a wide range of social, psychological, educational, vocational, and other preventive and rehabilitative programs for troubled and at-risk children, adolescents, and families.
www.youinc.org

PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT

The Bridge Center, Bridgewater
The Bridge Center is a non-profit agency that provides recreational activities for children and young adults with disabilities. Activities include Summer Day Camp, Saturday Camp, School Vacation Camp, After School, Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Carriage Driving, Hippotherapy, Stable Management, Boy Scout & Girl Scout Troops, and Special Events
www.thebridgectr.org

Spina Bifida Association of Greater New EnglandThe SBAGNE is the only local voluntary health agency in Maine, New Hampshire , Vermont and Massachusetts solely dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Spina Bifida and those whose lives are touched by this challenging birth defect. Our tools are education, advocacy, and service.
http://www.sbagreaterne.org/site/c.clLYJkOZKqLcG/b.6563763/k.3E1B/Spina_Bifida_Assoc_of_Greater_NE.htm

Schwartz Center for Children; New Bedford
The Schwartz Center for Children has served as Southeastern Massachusetts' only independent, community based provider of education, therapy, and medical care for children with special medical and developmental needs. Our experienced and professional direct care staff offers many services including: occupational, physical, speech and language therapy, medical intervention, and developmental screenings.
http://www.schwartzcenter.org/

RESPITE CARE

National Respite Care Locator-MASS providers
http://archrespite.org/state-listings

SOCIAL SKILLS AND PLAY GROUPS

Academy MetroWest; Natick, MA
Fostering the overall development of children by creating an environment where they can be physically active, build self-confidence and develop social skills through cooperative and collaborative physical play.
www.academymetrowest.com

The Friendship Network for Children, Northborough
The Friendship Network for Children's mission is to decrease the isolation of children with Autism by providing therapeutic socialization activities; and trainings to parents and professionals thus increasing interactions with friends, family and the community. They offer over 25 weekly groups  for children ages 3 and up on the autism spectrum or with a social learning concerns.  Children are grouped by functioning level and interests and all groups are run by a licensed mental health professional.
www.networkforchildren.org

The I-Team, Norfolk
The I-Team meets weekly as a fun, therapeutic environment for the elementary and middle school child to work on motor and social-pragmatic language skills and to meet new friends. Through participation in small and large group motor activities, the child refines his/her coordination and organization of movement as well as develops socially appropriate language and strategies for problem solving. All I-Team members are encouraged to develop a positive attitude and support peers during group activities. For more information, contact Jean Croll, OTR/L at (508) 560-4007 or TheITEAM@gmail.com

Learning Solutions; Norwood
Learning Solutions is committed to providing expert support to students and their communities.  They offer social groups led by experienced Social Skills Clinicians for children and teens with social & pragmatic language challenges due to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder/PDD, Asperger Syndrome, Learning Disabilities & other needs
www.learningsolutionsforme.com
 
Let's Motor! Norwood
Let's Motor! is a fine and gross motor skills, social skills, and language skills development center. They offer classes for children ages 1 to 15 that are grouped by age and ability.
www.letsmotorskills.com

The Peter Pan Center; Harvard
They provide many services for families and children on the autism spectrum or who struggle with ADD/ADHD or other learning and behavioral challenges. Services include social skills programs, anger management programs, life skills program and parenting support and resources.
www.peterpancenter.com

Social Smart Kids; Westford
Social Smart Kids is a web site designed to help kids improve their social skills. They provide online support to kids who are challenged by social interactions. The site is intended to provide assistance to kids of all abilities and to improve their social skills. Social Smart Kids also offers Social Skills Groups for children ages 7-10 and teens 13-15, as well as summer camps for children ages 4-6 and 7-12.
www.SocialSmartKids.com

Therapeutic Learning Center; Canton
The Therapeutic Learning Center is a multi service pediatric center offering a variety of programs and services designed to enhance each child's ability to control their bodies, to be successful learners, have positive relationships with their family and community, and develop inner resources to use as they grow and develop. Therapies include Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, and Interactive Metronome. The center also offers a bike riding clinic, handwriting program, and social skills groups.
http://www.therapeuticlearningctr.com/

SPEECH

Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing
Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing offers a comprehensive range of clinical services for individuals with communication disorders, differences or delays. Speech, language and hearing services provided by the Center include both diagnostic evaluations and therapy or treatment sessions and are available to individuals of all ages. The Center accepts referrals from physicians, health care providers, educators and related professionals, as well as from parents, guardians and self-referrals.
http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/centers/speech.html

Therapy Connections; Franklin
Speech Therapy services with Elisabeth Kranz MS, CCC-SLP. Elisabeth's expertise includes receptive and expressive language disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, fluency, play skills, executive functioning, as well as social pragmatic language abilities.
www.therapyconnectionsma.blogspot.com

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Hotlines:
Samaritans Statewide Hotline: 1-877-870-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); Press # 1 if you are a Veteran
The Trevor Helpline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386) - Specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth and young adults

The Samaritans
Samaritans’ purpose is to alleviate despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in our community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. We accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental, and compassionate listening.
http://samaritanshope.org/

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

THERAPIES & TREATMENT CENTERS

Applied Behavioral Associates, LLC; Framingham
Applied Behavioral Associates, LLC is a clinical group practice providing professional, behavioral and therapeutic services for children with behavioral issues and/or developmental disabilities. Applied Behavioral Associates utilizes Applied Behavioral Analysis, learning theory and family therapy practices to address the social, emotional, psychological, and developmental needs of children, adolescents and their families. Services also include diagnostic screenings for children under age 3 who may present with symptoms on the Autism Spectrum. Senior clinical staff are Autism and Developmental Specialists and supervise all ABA Home-based Interventions.
www.ABA4kids.org

Applied Behavioral Learning Services (ABLS); Newton
The mission of Applied Behavioral Learning Services (ABLS) is to provide the highest quality educational and clinical services for children with Autism, Anxiety, Feeding, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and other Disruptive Behavior Disorders using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and other evidence-based approaches. Services include assessments, home-based services, consultations, and individual and group therapy
www.ABLSpartners.org

Barrett Family Wellness Center; Northboro
The Barrett Family Wellness Center was founded on the basis of providing therapy and wellness services that enrich lives. Their services specialize in treatments for Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Autism and Asperger's Syndrome to name a few. Services include Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and workshops. They also offer Sensory Integration Praxis Testing (SIPT) and Therapeutic Listening.
www.barrettfamilywellness.com

Behavioral Education, Assessment, and Consultation, Inc. (Beacon) Services; Milford
Beacon Services is a private group practice of special educators and early childhood professionals experienced in serving early childhood and school age children in need of behavioral support and specialized educational services. BEACON Services utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to support the efforts of children and their families to develop academic and social skills to their fullest potential.
www.beaconservices.org

Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing
Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing offers a comprehensive range of clinical services for individuals with communication disorders, differences or delays. Speech, language and hearing services provided by the Center include both diagnostic evaluations and therapy or treatment sessions and are available to individuals of all ages. The Center accepts referrals from physicians, health care providers, educators and related professionals, as well as from parents, guardians and self-referrals.
http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/centers/speech.html

Child & Family Psychological Services, Inc; Norwood
Child & Family Psychological Services Inc. / Integrated Behavioral Associates is a multi-disciplinary health care group and psychological consulting practice dedicated to providing the highest quality services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in a caring, patient-friendly environment. They offer a full range of services including psychiatric evaluations, psychological evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, educational testing, intelligence testing, achievement testing, developmental evaluations psychopharmacology and individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and group psychotherapy.
www.cfpsych.org

Emily Hodos; Northampton
Developmental Learning Consultant, Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor/Practitioner
www.emilyjhodos.com

Innovative Physical Therapy; Natick
Ursla Flaherty, PT offers CranioSacral and Myofascial therapy. (508) 663-2001, ursulaflathery@hotmail.com

The Integrated Center for Child Development (ICCD) - Canton and Newton
The Integrated Center for Child Development (ICCD) is a multi-disciplinary center offering neuropsychological, behavioral, medical, and education services to individuals with special needs. ICC offers evaluative and treatment options to individuals presenting with a variety of developmental challenges. These include autism and autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, genetic disorders and developmental disabilities, ADD/ADHD, psychiatric disorders, and neurological injuries.
www.iccdpartners.org

The Kennedy-Donovan Center; Milford
Kennedy-Donovan Center is committed to the full continuum of care for individuals and families of all ages with developmental disabilities and similar needs in our region. We strive to provide this either by offering services directly or by collaborating closely with community partners. Services include Early Intervention, day school, foster care, family support services.
www.kdc.org

LADDERS/Lurie Family Autism Center; Lexington
A part of the Lurie Family Autism Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, LADDERS ("Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation & Rehabilitation Services") is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of handicapping conditions. The Lurie Family Autism Center/LADDERS provides expertise in neurology, developmental pediatrics medicine, gastroenterology, psychiatry, psycho-pharmacology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology.
www.massgeneral.org/children/specialtiesandservices/ladders/

Learning Solutions; Norwood
Learning Solutions is committed to providing expert support to students and their communities. They offer social groups led by experienced Social Skills Clinicians for children and teens with social & pragmatic language challenges due to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder/PDD, Asperger Syndrome, Learning Disabilities & other needs.
www.learningsolutionsforme.com

Let's Motor! Norwood
Let's Motor! is a fine and gross motor skills, social skills, and language skills development center. They offer classes for children ages 1 to 15 that are grouped by age and ability.
www.letsmotorskills.com

The May Counseling Center (May Institute); Walpole
May Institute provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. The Institute also provides training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. May Counseling Center is a full service outpatient mental health center for children, adolescents, and adults in the South Norfolk County area.
www.mayinstitute.org

The New England Center for Children; Southborough
The New England Center for Children provides a full range of educational, residential and treatment programs designed to help children with autism and other developmental disabilities reach their full potential.
www.NECC.org

The Peter Pan Center; Harvard
They provide many services for families and children on the autism spectrum or who struggle with ADD/ADHD or other learning and behavioral challenges. Services include social skills programs, anger management programs, life skills program and parenting support and resources.
www.peterpancenter.com

The Sensory Learning Program; Danvers
The Sensory Learning Program has been an excellent resource for individuals seeking interventions for developmental learning delays, speech and language delays, balance and coordination issues, behavior problems and general sensory dysfunction. The Sensory Learning Program is a thirty day non-invasive intervention that uses light, motion and sound to simultaneously stimulate the Visual, Vestitbular and Auditory systems improving perception, understanding and the ability to learn.
http://danvers.sensorylearning.com

Schwartz Center for Children; New Bedford
The Schwartz Center for Children has served as Southeastern Massachusetts' only independent, community based provider of education, therapy, and medical care for children with special medical and developmental needs. Our experienced and professional direct care staff offers many services including: occupational, physical, speech and language therapy, medical intervention, and developmental screenings.
http://www.schwartzcenter.org/

Therapeutic Learning Center; Canton
The Therapeutic Learning Center is a multi service pediatric center offering a variety of programs and services designed to enhance each child's ability to control their bodies, to be successful learners, have positive relationships with their family and community, and develop inner resources to use as they grow and develop. Therapies include Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, and Interactive Metronome. The center also offers a bike riding clinic, handwriting program, and social skills groups.
http://www.therapeuticlearningctr.com/

Therapy Connections; Franklin
Speech Therapy services with Elisabeth Kranz MS, CCC-SLP. Elisabeth's expertise includes receptive and expressive language disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, fluency, play skills, executive functioning, as well as social pragmatic language abilities.
www.therapyconnectionsma.blogspot.com

Think: Kids, Boston
Think:Kids is a program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) . modeled under the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. They offer training, support and clinical services to promote the understanding that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance.
www.thinkkids.org

TOURETTE'S SYNDROME

Tourette Syndrome Association of Massachusetts
The Tourette Syndrome Association of Massachusetts is an all volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the needs of families affected by Tourette Syndrome. They advocate for individuals with TS, educate the public and professionals about TS, and promote awareness.
http://www.tsa-ma.org/