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Greater Boston Resource Fair and Family Day 

Thursday, May 30, 2013 View Comments

A few weeks ago, the autism community in New England came together at our first ever Resource Fair and Family Day at Kimball Farm in Westford, MA.  It was a truly special event hosted by the Greater Boston Committee of Autism Speaks in partnership with the generous and welcoming staff at Kimball Farm. 

It was a really fun day and the Kids’ Korner, chaired by David Dilley BCBA, was a huge hit for our families.  The Kids’ Korner included a bounce house, lego activities, face painting, bubbles, coloring, sensory bins and more!  The fun in the Kids’ Korner was matched by the wonderful on-site activities and entertainment at Kimball Farm.  Our families enjoyed Mini Golf, time in the batting cages, and floated along in the bumper boats!

Our Resource Fair, chaired by Elaine and Stu Zorn, included 15 local providers, researchers and therapy centers.  Each Resource Fair Participant not only had the opportunity to promote their services, but also to engage families in different activities ranging from balloon animals to beading activities.  Because we are so grateful for the support and participation of these local organizations, we wanted the opportunity to promote their involvement.  Read below to learn about some of the organizations that joined us at Kimball Farm!

To view photos of the event, see the album on our Facebook Page!

Autism Insurance Resource Center

The Autism Insurance Resource Center provides information to the public about insurance coverage under a new law, An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism (ARICA), which took effect in Massachusetts on January 1, 2011. There are many questions relating to the implementation of the law, e.g., to whom, ARICA applies, what treatments are covered and how to access coverage. The Center, a new program of New England INDEX, is designed to provide information and support for self-advocates, family members, providers, employers and educators on issues related to medical insurance for autism treatment.  The AIRC also offers webinars and trainings about insurance coverage for autism. insurance.

For information and referral on issues related to Insurance Coverage for Autism-Related Treatments and Services call: 781-642-0248 or 800-642-0249 or email: .  Like us on Facebook.

Beacon ABA Services

Beacon ABA Services provides a range of services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) including: EARLY INTENSIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION (EIBI), HOME-BASED SERVICES (school-age), BEHAVIORAL CONSULTATION, FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT (FBA), TRAINING SUPPORT SERVICES, PUBLIC SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS, FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENTS, CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING. We also provide comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations and diagnostic assessments through the BEACON ASSESSMENT CENTER with satellite offices located in Milford, West Springfield, Dartmouth and North Andover.

Visit our website for more information:  Call our Assessment Center referral line to schedule an evaluation: 508 478 0587

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with ASD with 23 treatment centers around the globe and a staff of nearly 1,000. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles and procedures of ABA, which has been empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. For more information about the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, visit: or call (855) 345-2273.  Follow on Facebook and Twitter.


Fletcher Tilton

The Special Needs Practice Group of Fletcher Tilton provides comprehensive legal services to older persons and families of individuals with special needs in a caring and concerned environment. Using an interdisciplinary approach, our attorneys draw upon their experience in the areas of estate and retirement planning, Medicaid and Medicare eligibility, long term care issues and financing to provide our clients with protection and peace of mind. Among the many services we offer are the following:

·  Special Needs Planning
·  Special Needs Trust Management
·  Estate Planning
·  Retirement & Tax Planning
·  Incapacity Planning
·  Living Arrangements
·  Medicaid & Medicare
·  Special Education Law
·  Probate Proceedings

For more information, contact our Practice Group Leader, Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., at 508.459.8059 or Visit our new website at for the latest legal news and upcoming seminars.

Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies

At the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies, we research how highly-verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (AS/ASD) develop language skills. Most studies involve a single, one-hour session. Children play language-based computer games, and we record their responses. For more information, please see our website: or contact our Lab Manager, Tracy Brookhyser:, 617-384-8357.

The May Center

The May Center for Child Development provides day and residential educational programs for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Our full day, year-round programs provide education and vocational training support to individuals ages 2.9-22 . Our schools are guided by doctoral-level clinical directors who oversee all programs and services. These programs are based on applied behavior analysis (ABA).

P: 781.437.1248

Recreational Education Center (REC)

Description: The REC is an all-encompassing resource for families with children, adolescents and young adults with special needs. Our customized programs are designed around each unique individual and are based off of the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis. We offer flexible scheduling, even for our summer program, Camp REC. Visit our website for more information or contact us today at or call 978-717-5062.

Location: 83 Pine Street, Suite 102, Peabody, MA




Contact: or 978-717-5062

SenseAbility Gym

SenseAbility Gym Incorporated is a nonprofit corporation serving special needs children in the greater Hopedale, Massachusetts area. Our mission is to provide a parent-led sensory gym, giving children with special needs a safe, fun, indoor area where they can play and accommodate their sensory needs.

Our website is

Our Facebook page is Our Twitter info is @SenseAbilityGym Our email is

The Sensory Learning Program

The Sensory Learning Program is a short term intervention that uses light, sound and motion to simultaneously stimulate the sensory system, strengthening the connections between the brain and central nervous system resulting in improved processing, communication, attention, motor skills, mood and behavior regulation. Www.

Smooth Sailing Study

The Smooth Sailing Study at UMass Boston is a research study dedicated to understanding the transition to school for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Over 1.5 years, we assess children's language and literacy skills, as well as their adjustment to school overall. Parents receive reports on these assessments and contribute to knowledge that will eventually be used to create interventions designed to improve the early school experience for all young children with autism spectrum disorders. 

Our contact info: 617-287-6322 or


Windrush Farm

At Windrush, our goal is to help people with a broad range and combination of disabilities to excel.  Partnering with the horse, Windrush’s programs are designed to encourage, challenge and motivate our clients. Windrush offers therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, summer programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit us at: or on Facebook at .


Join the Walk Now for Autism Speaks Resource Fair on Sunday, October 6!

If you are associated with an organization that you would like to see involved with the Resource Fair at our Greater Boston Walk, please complete our Resource Fair Registration Form


If you have any questions about our Resource Fair or our other local events, please contact Kelley Borer-Miller, Senior Director of Field Development, at  Mark your calendars for our Kick Off Reception on Wednesday, July 31 at the Café Escadrille!  Follow us on facebook and twitter!


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