Let's Bee Kids PlayCenter is a NEWLY Certified Autism Welcoming Business offering dedicated hours each Wednesday from 9:30am-2:00pm. Special sensory kits and visual aids are available at the check-in desk and all staff have received training designed to raise their awareness and understanding of children with autism. For more details please visit the Autism Alliance Resource Directory.
Fitness Together isa NEWLY Certified Autism Welcoming Business who welcome individuals with autism as clients for their personal training services. Special sensory kits and visual aids are available at the center and all staff have received training designed to raise their awareness and understanding of individuals with autism. For more details please visit the Autism Alliance Resource Directory.
Putts and More is a NEWLY Certified Autism Welcoming Business. Special sensory toolkit 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. If needed, please be sure to ask for an "access pass" to expedite your waiting time. For more details please visit the Autism Alliance Resource Directory.
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.
Young adults are feeling the effects of the pandemic. For many, the transition to adulthood was disrupted by the pandemic, with changes to rites of passage such as moving away from home for college, making new friends, and starting new jobs and careers. As a result, research indicates that young adults (ages 18-24) have been disproportionally affected – 56% report symptoms of anxiety or depression, compared to 41% for other adults. Young adults are also more likely than other age groups to report increased substance use and suicidal thoughts during the pandemic. A new multimedia campaign, launched by MAMH empowers young adults to take charge of their mental health with a simple suggestion –#JustAsk. The #JustAsk campaign highlights our own social networks as a resource, encouraging individuals to reach out to trusted friends and family members for support. Free resources– like articles, support groups and a searchable directory of service providers – can be found on Network of Care Massachusetts. Other resources provided by the Commonwealth are available for young adults who need more support. For example, Mass 211 can connect a caller with critical health and human services or someone to talk to. The Autism Alliance is proud to join the effort to encourage young adults to find help when they need it. #JustAsk when you need support.
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.
Just for Dads
Wednesday June 2nd
All dads are invited to join us on zoom for our monthly support group facilitated by Rob Sutherland, dad of two boys on the spectrum. Drop-in's are welcome.
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.
Saturday June 12th 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.
Our friends from Roman Music will join us on Zoom for a night of singing. Choose your favorite song and we will sing all together. There will also be opportunities for solos. Join in the fun! No registration is necessary. Just log on to Zoom and join in on the singing.
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