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DDS Autism Waiver Service Program (AWP) Open Interest Period 2021: October 15-30, 2021

The opportunity to apply for this waiver is through the open request period which will be held from October 15 - 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). This service occurs in the child’s home or other natural settings under the supervision of trained clinical staff and is available for a total of three years. The Autism Waiver Program also provides related support services such as community integration activities and respite.
At the conclusion of the three years of intensive services, a child may access supplemental services that meet the child’s needs and help with the transition out of the intensive Autism Waiver Program until the child’s 9th birthday.
Please contact us at autismconnections@pathlightgroup.org if you have any questions about the waiver!
Find full waiver information HERE.

Autism Connections is the Autism Resource Center for western Massachusetts, serving Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties as well as the North Quabbin area. Our two main offices are located in Easthampton and Pittsfield, but our Autism Specialists are available throughout western Massachusetts.

Autism Connections provides support, information, and practical help for children and adults with autism, as well as their families, friends and professionals. As children grow and make transitions to preschool, kindergarten, high school and adulthood, Autism Connections walks alongside and continues to provide information and support through these life changes.

Autism Connections assists individuals diagnosed with autism residing in western Massachusetts.

For information regarding eligibility, services, and the intake process, contact Autism Connections at 413-779-5087 or email autismconnectionsma@pathlightgroup.org.

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.

Call us at 413-779-5087 or email autismconnections@pathlightgroup.org to get started!

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DDS Autism Waiver Service Program (AWP) Open Interest Period 2021: October 15-October 30, 2021

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