Welcome to Autism Connections
Autism Connections provides support, information, and practical help for individuals with autism and their families living in western Massachusetts. Receiving a diagnosis of autism for a child can be a difficult experience. When a family first contacts Autism Connections, someone who understands autism and the family’s needs welcomes them.
Shortly after the initial contact, families receive basic information about autism, Autism Connections’ services, and how they can begin to advocate for their child and obtain needed supports.
As children grow and make transitions to preschool, kindergarten, high school, and adulthood, Autism Connections walks alongside and continues to provide information and support to address these life changes.
Welcome to the Autism Center
Autism Connections provides a wide variety of services through our Autism Centers in Easthampton and Pittsfield, as well as family and individual supports through referrals by the Department of Developmental Services.
Autism Connections provides support, information, and practical help for individuals with autism and their families living in western Massachusetts.
Autism Connections was founded in 1989 by parents of children with autism. Their goal was to help families, schools, professionals, agencies, and communities understand autism, promote the well-being of individuals with autism and foster their inclusion within the local community.
We continue to focus on helping individuals and families build on their strengths, work together to create a positive vision for the future, and help children learn, grow, and be welcomed, and fully-included members of our communities.
The Autism Center offers the following free services:
- Information and referral
- Monthly newsletter
- Resource Center with books and mixed media
- Fact sheets and webpage links
- Resource directory
- Online social networking
- Parent-to-parent connections/support groups
- Educational Advocacy (this is a fee-based service)
- Family events (example: picnics and holiday parties)
- Social, sensory, & recreational activities (example: movie outings and fitness classes)
- Education and training for professionals
- Clinics (example: IEP workshops to prepare your IEP)
- Annual Conference featuring nationally based speaker and local and regional resource representation
These services are available to all individuals with autism and their families as well as professionals. Some fees may apply and are noted above.