The resources below are listed by disability in alphabetical order. These are for informational purposes only and are not endorsed or recommended by NSPAC. We make no explicit or implied claims of value, accuracy, quality or benefit.
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ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and Executive Function Skills
Speech and Language Specialties - Jessica Padula (offers Exec Function groups)
Elsa Sweig - Art Therapist
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (AT) and ACC
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (AHSA) Augumentative & Alternative Communication (ACC) information
MassMatch Massachusetts Initiative to Maximize Assistive Technology in Consumer's Hands. Mission is to enhance independence of people with disabilities by use of assistive technology.
Center for Communication Enhancement A clinic at Boston Children's Hospital in Waltham providing evaluation, consultative, and therapeutic services to a wide range of patients who experience communication disorders.
Lit2Go Free online collection of stories and poems in audiobook format. Over 4500 files of K-12 literature with print resources and activities.
Special Education Applications (to use with iPod or iPhone)
ASTHMA AND ALLERGY
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
AFAM Advocates for Autism in Massachusetts
Child Development Partners Strategies and support for families living with ADHD, Autism and Learning Disablies, articles, teleseminars, book, etc.
Doug Floutie Jr. Foundation for Autism Helps families get access to services, lead active lifestyles, grow towards adult independence.
The Arc of Massachusetts Advocacy of supports and services based in the community; great list of resources in the area.
The Help Group Autism, AHD and Learning Disabilities
CAMPS AND EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
SPED Child & Teen - Disability Camps, Workshops and Events in Greater MA
CROHN’S DISEASE AND COLITIS
Thrive Support & Advocacy - Art Therapy, Family Support, and more
Down Syndrome Program - Boston Children's Hospital
Support for Students with Down Syndrome - College Programs, Support Services and Resources for Postsecondary Success
DYSLEXIA/SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY-Reading
Decoding Dyslexia - MA Grassroots movement driven by parents, educators and professional concerned with the limited access to research based interventions for dyslexia.
Dyslexia Help - University of Michigan
Dyslexia MA MA branch for International Dyslexia Organization
LD On-line - Multisensory Structured Language Programs: Content and Principles of Instruction (Info)
Learning Ally A non-profit dedicated to helping blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students succeed in education. Offers the world's largest collection of human-narrated audio textbooks and literature as well as solutions, support and community for parents, teachers and students.
Lexia Learning Using technology for learning
Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators Academy An approach to multi-sensory reading instruction for students with dyslexia
Wilson Language Training Evidence based, multisensory, structured reading and spelling curricula. Instructor certification can be verified by contacting Wilson Language.
MEDA Support Group Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association
EPILEPSY AND SEIZURE DISORDERS
Epilepsy & Learning Disabilities - LDA (Learning Disability Association of America)
Exceptional Lives - Special education resource for families to gain better access to services and supports
FRAGILE X SYNDROME
GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
Landmark School Outreach programs offering courses to parents and teachers about language based learning disabilities.
The Help Group Autism, AHD and Learning Disabilities
LEGAL ADVOCACY - DISABILITY ISSUES
Mass Legal Services - Disability Law Center
Wrightslaw Special Education laws, rights, services
National Alliance on Mental Illness - State of MA
National Alliance on Mental Ilness - Metrowest
Metro Suburban RLC Mental Health Peer Support Group (advocacy, education and training opportunities for individuals with mental illness, trauma, or extreme emotional stress.)
Mitochondrial Program - Boston Children's Hospital
NON-VERBAL LEARNING DISABILITIES
PARENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT
Adaptive Climbing - Central Rock, Worcester MA
Adaptive Exercise - Adaptive Exercise Fitness. Provides in home personal fitness training in Worcester County
Adaptive Ice Skating - Sharper Edge Skating School, Concord MA
Adaptive Yoga - Roots & Wings, Natick, MA
Boroughs YMCA SOAR Programs - adaptive climbing, karate, and swim
Mark Fidrych Foundation – Challenger Sports (soccer, baseball, and basketball)
Planet Gymnastics Shining Stars - Adaptive gymnastics
Special Olympics – Marlborough, MA
Spirit in Motion Dance Academy - Marlborough, MA
Sudbury Recreation Department - Inclusive and Adaptive Recreation Programs
Nashoba Valley Adaptive Ski
Mt. Wachusett Adaptive Ski
SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER
SERVICE PROVIDERS, COMMUNITY BASED RESOURCES
Barrett Family Wellness Center provides pediatric occupation/speech therapy to address developmental problems including autism, sensory processing, ADHD. Educational programs.
Family TIES of MA. Link to 2017 Directory of community based resources and state agencies that support families of children/youth with special needs.
Wings for Autism - Logan Airport
Museums: Discovery Museum - Especially for Me Event Series (24/year, Acton, MA)
Boston Children's Museum - Morningstar Access special visiting hours, Boston, MA
Academy MetroWest - Camps and programs (Natick, MA)
Child Therapy Boston (new office in Westborough)
Diamond is the Sky - affordable resources and social opportunities to people of all ages with special needs
Peter Pan Center - social skills programs and camp (Boxborough, MA)
Thrive - local resource for recreation, respite, and other activities (Marlborough, MA)
Transition Topics The site is designed to assist students, families and educators learn more about the transition process.
TWINS, TRIPLETS, AND MORE
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