DDS Autism Waiver Program Open Enrollment
An Important Message to Massachusetts Families With Children Under Age 9 Diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Open Request Application Period October 15 to October 30, 2021.
The Autism Division of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) runs an Autism Waiver Program that provides one-to-one interventions to help children with autism who exhibit severe behavior, social and communication problems through a service called Expanded Habilitation, Education (intensive in-home services and supports).
For more information and to apply visit: DDS Autism Waiver Program
Sponsored by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
Halloween Family Event
Friday October 29th
Autism Alliance Parking Lot
1881 Worcester Road
Wear your costumes and come drive by for a socially distanced, sensory friendly Trick or Treating event. This will be a drive through experience. You will stay in your cars and drive up to our "houses" (the trunks of our cars), and we will hand out candy and treats for all of our Autism Alliance friends. We would like to Thank the Doug Flutie Jr. Foudation for Sponsoring this Event.
Saturday October 9th
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Autism Alliance is back with one of our most popular programs, our Virtual Glee Club for individuals with autism. Glee club is facilitated by our favorite music teacher, Mr. William Lynch, and co-lead by Sophie McLaughlin, expressive movement therapist. The group meets monthly and is for ages 18+. The program is a mixture of singing songs, and dance. Click on the link register.
NEW Virtual After School Club
Tuesday October 12th through November 16th
Introducing our very FIRST Autism Alliance Virtual Afterschool Club. In this fall session we will be joined by our friends at the Southwick Zoo. Click on the link below to register. All ages and siblings are welcome. We will send you the link for the program. Be ready to learn some really fun facts, and ask questions about the animals that live at the Southwick Zoo.
Grief & Loss
Thursday October 7th and October 21st
12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lunchtime Family Support Group
Friday October 8th
12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Portuguese Speaking Support Group
Monday October 25th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Sibling Support Group
Saturday October 9th
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Just for Dad's Support Group
Wednesday October 6th
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Looking to have some fun and like to dance? Join us for Fun, Friends, & Family Fall Zoom Zumba Series! Licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor, Andria DeSimone will lead an hour-long Zumba class. 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. We welcome members of the Advocates community, as well as those interested in learning more about us
Intercultural Family Support Center Parent Workshops
Autism Alliance Fall Guest Speaker Series
Guest Speaker: Alex Nadworny
A Team to Carry On
Tuesday October 19th
A Team to Carry On covers the considerations beyond the wills and trusts: the details of living. Come and join us as Alex Dunn (Nadworny) CFP®, CTFA | Wealth Advisor of Special Needs Financial Planning, a specialty practice of Affinia Finanical Group will walk us through the steps needed to plan for our loved ones future.
Guest Speaker: Tom Sannicandro, JD, PhD
Special Needs Trusts and Wills
Tuesday November 16th
Join us as we welcome Tom Sannicandro, JD, PhD to discuss the importance of special needs trusts and wills, as well as his website which provides an easy and low cost mechanism to develop the two
Guest Speaker: Dr. Andrew Fraser, DMD.
Special Needs Dental Care
Tuesday December 7th
Dr. Fraser believes every child can achieve their dream smile via customization of each dental appointment. For children with developmental disabilities, dental care succeeds when each child’s unique reactions to their environment are considered. Dr. Fraser is passionate about contributing to Bubble’s already extensive work in tailoring dental procedures to the patient, and he has developed a primarily digital-based system that maximizes his patients’ enjoyment of their visit while maintaining the highest standard of care. Join us to learn more about his practice and ask questions.
THE FRED GASPARI FUND FOR FAMILIES
The Fall Grant Cycle will open on October 6, 2021
The Fred Gaspari Fund for Families accepts applications from families in the greater MetroWest area who are caring for a loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability. Eligible families may apply for up to $500 for any need necessary to care for their family member. Applications will open Wednesday, October 6, 2021 and are due Wednesday October 27, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Awards will be announced by Friday November 26, 2021.
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.
October Sensory Friendly Events
Especially for Me
Saturday October 16th
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Free with pre-registration Register Now. Join us for this special All Access Evening, offering free admission for families with disabilities during dedicated hours when the Museum is closed to the public and building capacity is limited. During this event, we offer accommodations that increase access to Museum exhibits. Any family who can benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome at this event. ASL interpretation will be available. Advance registration is required.
Especially for Me is generously supported by the Alexion Charitable Foundation.
Connect With Us
www.AutismAlliance.org | (508) 652-9900 | AutismAlliance@Advocates.org