We are pleased to announce that Advocates will be entering into an affiliation with HMEA, a well-known and widely respected human service agency based in Franklin, Massachusetts. We believe this partnership will strengthen our mission, create more opportunities for employees, and provide more options for you and your loved ones.
What does this mean for the Autism Alliance? There will be no changes to the Autism Alliance and the supports and services you receive from us will remain the same.
Autism Alliance workshops can be a fantastic opportunity
to meet people and learn invaluable ways to help your child
Guest Speaker: Alex Nadworney
Planning for Two Generations
Wednesday May 12th
Please join us as we welcome Alex Nadworney of Special Needs Financial Planning, a specialty practice to Affinia Financial Group. Planning for Two Generations centers upon their Special Needs Planning Timeline™. The timeline highlights the various planning pressure points where parents should be aware of changes relating to their child's benefits, legal and financial issues. In addition, Alex will also discuss the new ABLE account and its potential role in planning for your child.
Come and learn about the Adult Family Care Program. If you have a loved one age 16 or older who has MassHealth, you may be eligible to receive funds and support through the Adult Family Care Program. Beth Gutierrez LICSW, Program Director for the Advocates AFC Program, will walk us through eligibility requirements and what this program could provide for your family. Come join us on zoom to learn more about this program.
Come sing and dance with us as we enjoy music with our friends from Roman Music Therapy. Home and school classrooms that support students with autism are welcome to drop-in and join the fun. Click on the link to join.
You are NOT alone. The emotional support derived from support group participation can help reduce stress, which can have a positive impact on health. Further, people may greatly benefit from the information sharing that takes place in a support group. All our welcome to attend our virtual support groups. If you have any questions please just let us know, we are happy to help you find the best support for you and your loved ones. Click on the program for zoom link.
4 Types of Autism Alliance Support Groups
Peer-Led Autism Support Groups
These autism support groups are led by parents who have children with autism. Many parents with children who have autism form these groups to give and receive advice and get emotional support from other parents who have children with autism.
Family support groups for autism are ones that focus on the diagnosis of autism, and the steps families take after receiving a diagnosis, and the daily challenges of having a loved one with autism. These support groups often provide information for autism resources and other forms of support.
This is a group for family members raising a loved one on the Spectrum. In this group, we will discuss caregiving through the lifespan and through the lens of loss and grief, and we will discover ways to take care of our emotional and physical health in the process. Facilitated by Jennifer Wiles, LMHC, BC-DMT, Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home.
This support group is open to family members who are worried about their loved one with autism, who need support themselves, and who want to be a better resource for their child or grandchild. You are invited to join us as we meet virtually to share joys and concerns of raising loved ones on the autism spectrum. This group is led by the Autism Alliance
Saturday May 8th 1:00-2:00 p.m. Siblings ages 7-12 are invited to register for this virtual sibshop program. Come and meet new friends and learn more about how you are being an "Awesome" sibling! This program is lead by a SIBSHOP trained facilitator Pam McKillop and friends.
Portuguese Speaking Families are invited to join our monthly virtual support group to meet new families and share the joys and challenging of raising a child on the autism and learn about the latest autism information and resources. This group is led by the Autism Alliance Parent/Professional team members and guests.
Licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor Andria Desimone will lead a 45 minute Zoom class and ten minutes social to follow. Be sure to bring your family and friends! Advocates Fun, Friends, & Family events are open to individuals with disabilities who are 16 and older, staff who support them, their families, and friends.
Join us for an afternoon of Bingo on Zoom. Once you are registered, you will receive a link to print out your bingo cards. Prizes will be mailed to the lucky winners! Previous Bingo prizes have included, but are not limited to: Dollar Store, Dunkin Donuts, and Walgreens gift cards!
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