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So much is happening in the world of autism—from news reports, to new scientific developments and information on the latest research studies—that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The Autism Consortium eNewsletter will keep you informed and up-to-date on important news, events and studies.

October 7, 2014
How I Made Halloween Fun for My Family

By Susan Senator

When I was a kid, I would obsessively count the days until Halloween. I couldn't wait. The excitement of Halloween was second only to my birthday, which also falls in October. Back then, fall was just one big Me Fest! I remember once getting a really great costume together, a gypsy fortune teller. I had on all kinds of... Read More


Tags: Family Perspective; News and Advice;

September 9, 2014
Massachusetts Autism Omnibus Bill Enacted

By Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA

Governor Deval Patrick recently signed the historic Autism Omnibus bill, greatly expanding services for youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families in the state of Massachusetts.

Officially known as Chapter 226 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Relative to Assisting Individuals with... Read More


Tags: Grants and Support; News and Advice; Resource Guide;

September 9, 2014
Choosing a Social Group

By Dorothy Lucci, M.Ed., CAGS

From a very young age individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) demonstrate challenges in social development.  Many children have difficulty with basic social skills such as non-verbal communication (i.e. gestures, affect and eye contact) and verbal behaviors (i.e. greetings, asking for help... Read More


Tags: News and Advice; Resource Guide;

July 15, 2014
Outdoor Recreation: Opportunities for Personal Growth and Skill Building

By Adam Combs, Co/Founder and Co/Director of Waypoint Adventure

Recreation is broadly defined as “something people do to relax or have fun”.  Everyone needs opportunities for recreation, especially in the summer.

Let me tell you a story about a young man named David.

Two years ago, David was on a group hike with Waypoint Adventure.... Read More


Tags: Resource Guide;

July 15, 2014
Back-to-School Tips for You and Your Child

By Kelly Hurley, Autism Resource Specialist, UMass Medical Center

The end of summer often brings mixed emotions for many parents and children who turn their thoughts from the less-structured days of summer to planning for back to school.  Although you might welcome the return to a more routine schedule, the thought of making snacks and... Read More


Tags: News and Advice; Resource Guide;

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