Margaret L. Bauman, MD

Resources

MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW ENGLAND

Massachusetts Autism Commission
The Autism Commission was established to make an investigation and study relative to individuals with autistic spectrum disorders. Findings and recommendations can be found in the 2013 Massachusetts Autism Commission Final Report

Massachusetts Early Intervention Program
Information for families and providers available in many languages
Includes this brochure: Is Your Child Developing in Ways that Puzzle You?

Massachusetts Act Early
Massachusetts Act Early aims to educate parents, caregivers, and professionals about healthy childhood development, early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, the importance of routine developmental screening, and timely early intervention whenever there is a concern. Includes free materials to download including the Considering Culture in Autism Screening Kit for pediatric clinicians and community health providers.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-(DESE) Special Education
Parent/Caregivers will find helpful information to navigate the special education landscape including state and national laws, the IEP Process, forms and notices, trainings, and more. Each school district must have a Special Education Parent Advisory Council and you can find more about the roles and responsibilities of the group here: Guidance For Special Education Parent Advisory Councils

Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts
Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts was formed in 2004 to address the need for public advocacy on behalf of individuals, families and professionals who have or deal with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which also encompasses Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning Autism. The organization provides an important arena for mobilizing those of us who deal with ASD in our day-to-day lives as the most eloquent and persuasive spokespeople for our concerns. Our efforts focus not only on the State House but also on towns and city halls that also have responsibility for service delivery and funding. Visit their website to see the Member Organizations and Representatives and learn about their  2013-14 Legislative Priorities and other issues and how you can get involved.

Asperger's Association of New England

The Asperger's Association of New England (AANE) works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives. We do this by providing information, education,
community, support, and advocacy, all in an atmosphere of validation and respect.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Started in 1969, Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. MAC works to overcome these barriers by changing conditions for many children, while also helping one child at a time. The Autism Special Education Legal Support Center at MAC provides training, legal assistance, advocacy, and services to thousands of parents, caregivers, and professionals to ensure that children with autism overcome lowered expectations and receive equal educational opportunities. The Center also provides intensive training and legal advocacy for parents who face cultural and language barriers in selected Haitian and Latino communities. Publications include School Success for Haitian Children with Autism, and Targeted, Taunted, Tormented: the Bullying of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Other materials can be found on their publications page.

Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.  The Federation holds an annual statewide conference Visions of Community, a Conference for Parents of Children with Special Needs and the Professionals Who Serve Them providing an opportunity for families and professionals to network and learn about resources through a variety of informative workshops and over 75 exhibiting organizations.

INDEX
INDEX is a project of The Shriver Center, a division of The University of Massachusetts Medical School with information in a searchable database for people with disabilities in Massachusetts.

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