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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.

November 4, 2014
With Gratitude for Kindness

By Julie Cumming

Every year around Thanksgiving, people always start to ask you what you’re thankful for. For most, it’s the obvious; shelter, food and having your family and friends in good health. For others, it may be the more material things in life.

For me, it’s never been about the iPod or if I own a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.... Read More


Tags: Family Perspective;

November 4, 2014
Fellowship Opportunity for Young Adult with ASD

Massachusetts Advocates for Children invites young adults 18-26 with Autism Spectrum Disorder to apply for an innovative Young Adult Leaders Fellowship which provides opportunities to learn the professional skills needed to advocate on behalf of other youth with disabilities.

The Fellowship is a partnership between Massachusetts Advocates... Read More


Tags: Events;

November 4, 2014
Autism Waiver Applications Due Soon

The Autism Division of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) runs an Autism Waiver Program that provides one-to-one interventions to help children with ASD who exhibit severe behavior, social, and communication problems through intensive in-home services and supports, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis, Floor Time,... Read More


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

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;

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