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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.

March 31, 2015
Essential ASD Resources for Families

By: Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA

Are you connected with all the resources that can help you help your child? There are many tools and organizations whose mission is to assist families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as you advocate for your child both educationally and medically, and search for all of the recommended programs... Read More


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March 11, 2015
Autism Resource Specialist Profiles: Suzanne Bloomer from The Lurie Center for Autism

For as long as I can remember, I have had a deep desire to help individuals of all ages.  Whether volunteering time to offer companionship and support to home-bound seniors or working as a caseworker to assure safety and provide permanency for children and youth involved in social services, I have strived to be caring and empathetic to those... Read More


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February 11, 2015
Time for Summer Planning

by Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA

One great way to get through a frigid winter is to make plans for your child for his/her summer break. Although it might seem early, spots in many camps and programs are already filling, so now is the perfect time to discover the opportunities that are out there.

The National Autism Association recently... Read More


Tags: News and Advice; Resource Guide;

February 11, 2015
Autism Resource Specialist Profiles: Neal Goodman from Boston Children’s Hospital

Why did you choose to become an ARS?

I have a deep, lifelong passion for serving individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.  It was definitely my father’s architecture practice that sparked my early interest in this field.  The majority of his clients were nonprofit and social service organizations serving individuals with disabilities... Read More


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December 10, 2014
Helping Your “Sensory” Kid

by Jennifer L. Stornelli, MOT, OTR/L

Ben can’t stand the feeling of tags on his clothing. Timmy covers his ears every time the phone rings. Angela bumps into the other kids in the hallway and sometimes falls out of her chair during class. Samantha hugs her little brother so tightly that he cries.

Do any of these examples sound like your... Read More


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December 3, 2014
Autism Gift-Giving Guide

By Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA

There is no Top Ten list of best presents for a child with autism. Something that one child would absolutely love could be too complicated, too loud, or not interesting to another child with autism. So we asked parents about their child’s most loved toys.

Suggestions from Parents

• The game (and the... Read More


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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;

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