Our mission is to help families, schools, professionals, agencies and communities understand autism, promote the well-being of individuals with autism, and foster their inclusion in the community.

Autism Connections' History

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 in the community.

Our goal today remains to help families build on their strengths, work together to create a positive vision for the future, and help their children learn, grow, and be welcomed, fully included members of their communities.

Autism Connections is directed by parents and other family members in partnership with autism professionals and other concerned citizens.

Established research has taught a few things over the years which guide our thoughts on supporting families:

  • having a positive vision for your child’s future and building relationships is a key to success
  • early diagnosis, intervention, and support are important
  • services are most effective when tailored to the needs of the child and family, and delivered in a consistent, comprehensive, and coordinated fashion
  • inclusion of children and adults with autism with typical peers in all activities using appropriate supports benefits the entire community

By providing information, advocacy, training and education, and family support in western Massachusetts, Autism Connections echoes the mission of its parent organization, Pathlight.