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1 in 68: Autism Spectrum Resources for Families

NEWS!  The U.S. Center for Disease Control has released its most recent statistics for autism rates.  The new statistics show 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum.  One out of 42 boys is affected by autism. (March 2014)

Libraries and AutismAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum. Youth Services Staff has compiled a list of autism spectrum resources for families. The best place to start, if you suspect your child might be on the spectrum, is to have your child screened. The earlier your child starts therapies, the better. If your child is under age three there are two local agencies, South Bay Early Intervention and Thom Anne Sullivan Center, that provide screening services. If your child is age three or older, contact the Lowell Public Schools for assistance.

Information contained on this web page does not constitute library endorsement of a treatment, agency or advocacy group. The library maintains that it is up to the parent/legal guardian to determine proper treatment for his/her child. This web page is solely a place of information for the huge array of materials related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

If your family uses a service or has a favorite autism spectrum web site that is not listed, please let us know so we can share with others in the community. Contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Upcoming Events at the Library

An Activity for Special Needs Children: Lego Time
Our Lego Time is done until the fall.  See you in September!
Sign up required.  Contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services to sign up and with any questions.  Call 978-674-1527 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Upcoming Events in the Community

Lowell Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Lowell Sped PAC)

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from October to June at the Butler School.The school is located at 1140 Gorham St. between Rosenblooms and the Shaughnessy School. There is plenty of parking near the door. Meetings begin at 7:00 P.M. If door is locked, ring yellow buzzer. Visitors are always welcome.

~ All Meetings are on Thursdays ~

Sept. 18, 2014 - (3rd Thurs. due to start of school)
October 2, 2014 - Newcomers Night
November 6, 2014 *
December 4, 2014
January 8, 2015 -(2nd Thurs. due to holiday)*
February 5, 2015
March 5, 2015 *
April 2, 2015
May 7, 2015 *                            *Denotes a Speaker              
June 4, 2015                        

There will be a variety of speakers in the coming year.  Many of them play a key role in the education of your child. For specific speaker info, please contact the Sped PAC.

In the event of poor weather or other emergency, meeting cancellations will be announced through email and phone notification. If there is no school in  the Lowell Schools, there is no meeting.

Lowell Special Education
Parent Advisory Council
(Lowell Sped PAC)
Attn: Sped PAC
43 Highland Street
Lowell, MA  

Shriver Center Recruiting Children with Intellectual Disabilities for Nutrition Research Study
The E.K. Shriver Center/UMass Medical School is recruiting for children with intellectual/developmental disabilities 3-8 to participate in a nutrition research study. Researchers are interested in having families participate regardless of whether they have concerns about their children's nutrition. Additional information including a downloadable study brochure can be found at: . Contact Rosalie at 774-455-6521 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.  

Especially for Me at the Discovery Museums in Acton
Autism Friendly Afternoons, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

May 5, June 2, 2015
During ASD Friendly Afternoons, no school groups or birthday parties will be scheduled to avoid overcrowding and support accessibility of exhibits. A dedicated room will also be available to welcome families with a child with an ASD to orient them to the campus and programs, and provide a quiet space for children needing a break from the stimulation of the museums.

Evenings for Families with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, 5 PM - 8:30 PM
April 25, May 31, July 11, August 9
During our Free Evenings for Families of Children with an ASD, the Museums are closed to the public so families may explore with others with similar needs.  Food is generously provided by Not Your Average Joe’s of Acton.

For more information about these Discovery Museums events or to register, click here.

Upcoming Events at LifeLinks:
LifeLinks Family Support Center is having FOUR Sibshops (Saturdays, May 9, 16, 30, and June 6)—come to one or come to all! Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between. At these awesome events, Sibshops facilitator Nadine Briggs will have the kids playing games, making friends, and talking about being a sibling of child with special needs.

The Sibshops events are for siblings without special needs ages 8 and older. Children must be able to safely participate in a large group with only one staff.

They need a minimum of 6 siblings to run each workshop. Registration is required.

DATES: Saturdays, May 9, 16, 30 and June 6 (sign up for any or all)
TIME: 3:30 – 5:00pm
COST: $5 a session
LOCATION: LifeLinks, 285 Mill Road, Chelmsford
CONTACT: Email Christie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. Please include the name and age of child registering and which dates they will be attending.

Autism Awareness Day at Fenway Park: Sunday, May 24, 2015
Join the Red Sox as we all show our support for Autism Speaks and the valuable work they do for all with autism spectrum disorders. In addition to enjoying an afternoon of baseball at Fenway Park, we also hope to raise awareness for this important cause. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated to Autism Speaks!

Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

For Groups of 20 or more, please contact Matt Labossiere at 617-226-6834 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information click here.

Autism Eats at Polcari's Restaurant: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Autism Eats provides Autism-friendly non-judgmental environments for family dining, socializing and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges.  We have our own private room for this event.  Kids eat FREE!
Visit for more information and to purchase tickets for your family dinner buffet.
Polcari's Restaurant, 309 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA

Sensory Friendly Films at AMC Theatres (Methuen, Tyngsboro)

The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Tomorrowland
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - Inside Out
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - Minions
Movie times are at 10 AM.

Local Theatres:
AMC Tyngsboro, 440 Middlesex Rd., Tyngsboro, MA
AMC Loews Methuen, 90 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, MA


For more information click here.

*Dates and films are subject to change

Special Summer Camps

Hard to believe but it's time to start thinking about summer camp.  MA Sped Child & Teen has a summer camp resource page that includes information about summer 2015.

Autism in the News

From LifeLinks:
Planning for Life After Special Education: Transition Services Online Manual
The Disability Law Center in Boston has revised their manual 'Planning for Life After Special Education' and it is available online for FREE. They have made several significant changes, including new information on the following topics:
-Developing appropriate transition services for students with severe developmental disabilities
-Helping your student transition successfully into the adult workforce
-Knowing the various diploma options and determining which option is best for your child
The second edition of this manual also provides revised case summaries, thirteen new informational videos in English, Spanish, and ASL, and information on how to manage public benefits.
This amazing resource is available online for free. If you have a child approaching transition age, this is a must read!

Leading the Way: Autism Friendly Youth Organizations

Autism Speaks has created a guide for community organizations to help them better serve children with autism and their families.  This information is available online.

Autism Speaks has created the online resource, Postsecondary Educational Opportunities.


Autism Blogger - Online Autism Support Group
Accepting Asperger's Syndrome - This is a crash course to accepting your Asperger's!


Parents of Special Needs Kids Meet Ups: This is an online resource of groups and meetings in the Boston area. Link:

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