Happy SUMMER!! We are inviting you to complete a brief survey about services, supports and resources you receive from the Autism Alliance. We would really appreciate your feedback so we can keep providing supports and services to meet your family’s needs. THANK YOU!!
We are delighted to announce The YMCA is aNEWLYCertified Autism Welcoming Business. Dedicated to offering inclusive programs and services that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. They serve the towns of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Sherborn, Sudbury, Wayland, and beyond. Their promise is to nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improve the health and well-being of every MetroWest resident, and give back to the community.
The Sports Museum at TD Garden is a NEWLYCertified Autism Welcoming Business. Special sensory toolkits and customized visual supports are available at the admission desk. All staff have received training designed to raise their awareness and understanding of individuals with autism. They are happy to accommodate your family and loved ones special needs during your visit. For more details please click on the link below.
We are pleased to share that we have partnered with Weir River Farm to certify them as an Autism Welcoming and sensory responsive business. Weir River Farm has been trained by Autism Alliance to provide simple yet impactful accommodations and Autism Welcoming options, which help families with autism have a better experience while hiking the trails and visiting the barnyard. As a sensory responsive property, Weir River Farm now offers calm kits with noise-reducing headphones as well as visual story guides that can be viewed online before the trip to give people with autism a preview of what to expect at the farm. Some programs will now see limited admission at certain times to reduce crowds and noise. To learn more click on the link.
We are excited to share that SPARK Kindness is a certified Autism Welcoming business. Staff at this Natick based business have been provided with training and support. Spark Kindness was established to counter cyberbullying. Spark Kindness is dedicated to building kind and empowered communities. They offer a range of free programs and resources available to parents and families. Thank you for partnering with us to build a welcoming and inclusive community!
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. Our support groups will resume in September 2022.
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. Just for Dad’s Support Group
Educational Autism Support Groups: Educational autism support groups provide the latest autism information, including new techniques, methods, and other useful information. Portuguese Speaking Support Group
Professionally led Autism Support Groups: Professionally led autism support groups are often led and funded by organizations that are run by psychologists, school personnel, and social workers. Autism Alliance Grief Group and Sibshop
Parent Autism Support Groups: Parent support groups for autism are ones that focus on the diagnosis of autism, 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. Parent Support Group
Sensory Friendly Events
Sensory Friendly Sunset Picnic
Weir River Farm
Thursday July 7th
6:00pm - Sunset
Join our friends at Weir River Farm for a Sensory Friendly Sunset Picnic on Thursday, July 7! This event provides a reduced number of guests and quieter sensory friendly environment. Any family that would benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome.
Come listen live music by Peter Mundt at a decreased volume while enjoying food from Wanderlust Food Truck and sipping a a cold beer from Barrel House Z. Pack your picnic blanket and chairs and relax with your friends and family while watching the sun set over the Boston skyline. Greet our iconic Belted Galloway cows as they graze in their pasture. And don’t forget to shop our farm store filled with delicious locally-sourced picnic supplies as well as Trustees-grown meat, dairy and beautiful produce. For more information or to register. Don't forget to join us for our Sensory Friendly Open Barnyard programs, every other Saturday through September! For a full list of events and programs, please visit ourThings to Do page
Sensory Friendly Dining | Autism Welcoming Business
Tuesday July 5th
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Accommodations are available from the moment each family arrives, ranging from special seating, to visual menus, to noise canceling headphones to fidget items. All of these sensory tools and accommodations will be available anytime an individual on spectrum dines at Burtons in Shrewsbury - not just during special events. Families can also request expedited check out to ensure a quick and successful visit. Burtons is known for its strict adherence to food allergies and dietary needs. We are thrilled to have Burtons Grill & Bar in Shrewsbury as one of our first very Autism Welcoming business partners. They will be hosting these Autism Welcoming dining events on the first Tuesday of each month. Please stop in and check out all the wonderful accommodations they have in place.
Apex Sensory Friendly Hour
Sunday July 2nd
10:00am to 11::00am
The first Sunday of each month from 10am-11am friends and families can come visitApex Entertainment for some fun in a sensory welcoming environment!
We want to ensure that everyone feels included and welcome at Apex Entertainment! Through the guidance of the Autism Alliance we have created our Sensory Friendly Sundays! Every first Sunday of the month, we offer special accommodations such as: reduced lighting and sound, sunglasses, sensory toys, and quiet rooms. We are excited to share these experiences with our community and look forward to seeing you there! If you are interested in a sensory friendly birthday party or social event, please contact us at (508) 251-8666
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at Discovery Museum
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Friday, July 1 & Friday, July 8
3:00pm - 7:00pm
Discovery Museum is working with the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics for ages 5 - adult. First, second, and booster shots will be available, free of charge. Appointments are required.
The staff of Transformative Healthcare Solutions are trained in meeting the sensory needs of all patients to ensure a positive experience for everyone.
Each person receiving a vaccine at the Museum will receive two free admission passes, to visit on the same day or a future day in the coming year.
Please note: If you plan on visiting the Museum, you will need separate advance ticket reservations through our website discoveryacton.org. Museum hours for July 1 and July 8 are 9am – 8pm with free admission after 4:30pm.
In case you missed one, or want to check back in, our Healthy Heroes is now Healthy Happenings emails which are published weekly for up-to-date Autism Alliance programming and community resources designed to keep you connected and supported. You can find these archived on our website along with our current and past monthly newsletters.
*Please submit requests for accommodations, including ASL interpreters, at least
2 weeks prior to the event date to AutismAlliance@Advocates.org or (508) 652-9900
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