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Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE)

AANE is one of the first Asperger Syndrome organizations in the United States, it was founded in 1996 by a small group of concerned parents and professionals, shortly after the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS) first appeared in the U.S. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. While their primary mission is to assist individuals affected by AS, AANE is an inclusive organization that also serves people who have other neurological differences or who feel our services would be helpful. Individuals do not need to have a professional diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome in order to benefit from AANE’s services. AANE builds a supportive community by providing education, information and referrals to individuals with AS, their extended families, and the professionals who assist them.

Website: www.aane.org/index.html

Office Location: 51 Water Street Suite 206, Watertown, MA 02472

Phone: 617.393.3824 ext. 10

Autism Services Association (ASA)

ASA was established in 1963 by a group of concerned parents, citizens, and community leaders to serve the needs of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in Central and Eastern Massachusetts. ASA is a private non-profit human service agency which provides community employment services, supported employment, “Day Habilitation Program”, and other clinical supports to young adults and adults with autism and other challenging developmental disabilities. In order to be admitted to the ASA, you need to be 16 years-old or older, have a diagnosis of autism and/or other developmental disabilities and be in need of services integrated into the community.

Website: www.autismservicesassociation.org

Office Location: 47 Walnut St, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

Phone: 780.237.0272 ext. 17

Email: autismasa@autismservicesassociation.org

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

CHADD is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.  Please visit their website for more information on their services and network.

Website: www.chadd.org

National Hotline: 1.800.233.4050

Nearest Chapter Location:  Wayland, MA

Phone: 508.302.2425

The Arc of Massachusetts

The mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy of supports and services based in the community.

Website: www.arcmass.org

Office Location:  217 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Phone: 781.891.6270

Email: arcmass@arcmass.org

Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation (DMR)

The state of Massachusetts has a comprehensive system of specialized services and supports to give individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities the opportunities to live the way they choose. The Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) is the state agency that manages and oversees this service system. Every day, DMR provides these specialized services and supports to approximately 32,000 adults with mental retardation and children with developmental disabilities. The types of specialized services and supports include day supports, employment supports, residential supports, family supports, respite, and transportation. DMR provides these services through facilities and community-based state operated programs and by contracting with 235 private provider agencies.

Website: www.mass.gov/dmr
Office Location:  200 Main Street #8, Haverhill, MA 01830

Phone: 978.521.9432

TTY Phone: 978.521.4391


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

NAMI is an organization of individuals with brain disorders and their family members whose mission is to eradicate these illnesses and improve the quality of life of persons of all ages who are affected by them. The primary functions of NAMI are support, education, and advocacy for consumers and their families, research and services, and to educate professionals, providers, and the general public. NAMI promotes the scientific judgment that “severe mental illnesses” are brain disorders, which are neither preventable nor curable, but are treatable and manageable with combination of medications, supportive counseling, and community support services, including appropriate education and vocational training.

Website: www.nami.org

Office Locations nearest NECC:

  • 400 West Cummings Park, Suite 6650, Woburn, MA 01801

Phone: 800.370.9085 or 781.938.4048

  • 15 Green St, Concord, NH 03301

Phone: 800.242.6264 or 603.225.5359


Tourette’s Syndrome Association (TSA)

The TSA of Massachusetts is an all volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the needs of families affected by Tourette Syndrome (TS). Their goal is to advocate for individuals with TS, educate the public and professionals about TS, and promote awareness. TSA offers resources and referrals to help people and their families that occur with TS, as well as raise public awareness and counter media stereotypes about TS.

Website: www.tsa-ma.org

Office Location:  16 Fieldstone Way, Plymouth, MA 02360

Phone: 617.277.7589

Email: info@tsa-ma.org

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