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Special Education Resources for Parents and Teachers

Websites for Special Needs Information and Support

  • Special Education: Understanding Federal and State Statutory Requirements (MTA, 2008)
  • SNCARC (South Norfolk County ARC) and Family Autism Center - 789 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood, MA, 02090, 781-762-4001, www.sncarc.org. Provides supports for children with disabilities and autism through their center.  Have respite opportunities, community outings, and vacation week programs.
  • Department of Development Services (DDS) – www.mass.gov/dds to apply for eligibility.  Our regional office is located at 125 West St, Walpole, MA 02081 and the Child Service Coordinator is Janice Cederquist.  She can be reached at 508-668-3679.
  • Family Ties of Massachusetts provides support to parents of children with special needs.  They have a parent to parent program where parents that need support can call and ask questions of other parents of children with special needs.  You are contacted within 48 hours of your phone call so that you can receive the support you need.  Family Ties also has workshops during the year and information for families on their website.  The website is www.massfamilyties.org.
  • The Charles River Center is another ARC in our area that parents can sign up for programs and get family support from.  The Charles River Center is located in Needham, MA.  Even if you utilize supports at SNCARC you can access programs at any other ARC in Massachusetts.  The website is www.charlesrivercenter.org.
  • There is a wonderful Autism Specialist from the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center who sends out monthly informational emails to parents of children with Autism on what activities and resources are available in Massachusetts.  The Autism Specialist is named Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA.
  • Another great website for information, education, and support for children with Autism in our area of Massachusetts is the Autism Alliance of Metrowest.  You can sign up on their website for their monthly newsletter.  The website is www.autismalliance.org.
  •     If you are looking for used assistive technology items for free or at low cost you should visit www.getatstuff.org.   They have everything from speech output devices, medical equipment, adaptive equipment, sensory equipment, etc.  It services the whole New England area.
  •     Want to try an Assistive Technology Device before you commit to buying one?  MassMatch loans assistive technology devices with assistive technology software loaded onto the devices for free.  They have everything from Ipads to Dynavox devices.  They have short and long term loan programs available.  The website is www.massmatch.org.
  •     Another website to check out for Assistive Technology is Easter Seals of Massachusetts.  They also provide information about resources for the special needs community and offer some low cost loans.  They have an office in Boston where parents/children can try out Assistive Technology devices.  They also partner with MassMatch to provide the short and long term loan programs. The website for Easter Seals is www.easterseals.com and click on the link for Easter Seals of Massachusetts.
  •     The Bridge Center in Bridgewater, MA offers summer camps, weekend programs, therapeutic horseback riding, and parent night out events for children with special needs.  Under registration there is a scholarship assistance form for those that might qualify for financial aid for a program.  The website is www.thebridgectr.org.

Websites for Parents

Resources for Teachers

IDEA Resources