Welcome to our new site.

A brand new look with the same services you know and love.

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Community Resources for People with Autism

is now Autism Connections

same services, same people, same addresses, new name

We have a long and respected history as the autism experts in western Massachusetts and that’s not going to change.

We will continue to ensure that people with autism and their families have the individualized support they need to understand autism, promote the well-being of people with autism, and foster inclusion within our community.

Autism Connections is a name that truly reflects all that we do. We connect parents to each other and to helpful professionals; schools with expert advice; and the community with autism awareness.

Most importantly, we connect people with autism with each other and with a host of resources to ensure that they have all the tools they need to live the life of their choosing.

We are all about connections, and our new name reflects that commitment. We help hundreds of families calling into the center; we offer social skills trainings, support groups, intensive case management; we organize family fun community events, and so much more.

With Autism Connections in your corner, you are not alone. You’ve got a community of understanding, respect and support right beside you.

What's Coming Up You Ask?

Why, the Annual Autism Conference is!

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About

Autism Connections provides support, information, and practical help for individuals with autism and their families living in western Massachusetts.
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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 within the local community.

Our goals 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, fully-included members of our communities.

Autism Connections is staffed by autism professionals and works closely with family members to provide 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.

We offer trainings, support groups, family activities and ongoing collaboration with local organizations. In addition, we provide direct services to families and people with autism, including educational advocacy, behavior supports and more.

We Offer Free Services and Individualized Supports

Autism Connections—Easthampton Office
116 Pleasant Street
Suite 366 Easthampton, MA 01027
413-529-2428

Autism Connections—Berkshire Office
100 North Street
Suite 322
Pittsfield, MA 01201
800-789-6712 or 413-443-4780

Karen Serra
Program Director
413-529-2428
karen.serra@pathlightgroup.org

Katie Drumm
Easthampton Autism Center Manager
413-529-2428
katie.drumm@pathlightgroup.org

Erica Donovan
Berkshire Autism Center Manager
800-789-6712 or 413-443-4780
erica.donovan@pathlightgroup.org

Joanne Lucey
Program Communications and Development Coordinator
413-529-2428
joanne.lucey@pathlightgroup.org

 

Contact Us

We want to hear from you and promise to respond to your message within one business day.
In additional to our Autism Center, we provide individualized supports through a closed referral process with the Department of Developmental Services.

Autism Connections currently holds several Individual Home Support Contracts, Adult Family Support Contracts, and Service Navigation with Franklin/Hampshire Area office, Springfield/Westfield Area office, Holyoke/Chicopee Area office and Berkshire Area office to provide individualized services to adults who live with their family and also on their own.

DDS FUNDED PROGRAM

 

 

Autism Connections offers a co-management model with families who want to self-direct their services and need administrative based support including staff screening, basic staff training, budget monitoring, and other administrative focused tasks.

DDS FUNDED PROGRAM

 

 

 

Family Navigation services for adults include home visits, development of a service plan, budget tracking, problem solving, goal monitoring and coordination with any hired support staff.

DDS FUNDED PROGRAM

 

 

Autism Connections provides comprehensive services for children enrolled in the recent Autism Waiver Program

Our team of professionals address areas of need including communication, social skill development, self-care, emotional regulation, behavior intervention and sensory regulation. The waiver team consists of clinicians, therapists, direct support workers and behavioral consultants.

DDS FUNDED PROGRAM

 

 

 

The following services are available to all individuals with autism and their families as well as professionals. Some fees may apply and are noted below.
  • Information and Referral
  • A monthly newsletter
  • Resource Center with books and mixed media
  • Web page links and fact sheets
  • Resource directory
  • Online social networking
  • Parent-to-parent connections/support groups
  • Educational Advocacy (fee based)
  • Family events (picnics, holiday parties)
  • Social, sensory, & recreational activities (movie outings, fitness classes)
  • Education and Training: (autism related topics
  • Clinics (hands-on workshops with professional advice)
  • Annual Conference featuring nationally based speaker and local and regional resource representation
  • Trainings for schools & other organizations (fee based)

 

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