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Children with Special Needs

Most youth with disabilities live at home with their parents or other close relatives. These programs are designed for this population, supporting quality of life and helping families prepare for the future of their loved one with disabilities.

Family Circle Newsletter

Funded by the HALO Foundation, the Family Circle Newsletter provides a wealth of up‐to‐date information about services, benefits, support groups, workshops, and other resources that help families meet the challenges of raising a child with disabilities.

To sign up for the Family Circle Newsletter, call the JF&CS Disabilities Resource Network at 781-693-5023.

Disability Lifespan Solutions

Throughout various transitions in a person’s life, there may be a need for guidance with signing up for benefits, navigating medical issues, making short and long term plans, and more. Disability Lifespan Solutions helps families promote the lifelong well-being of people with a variety of disabilities.

Autism Navigation, a program of Disability Lifespan Solutions

Autism Navigation specializes in helping families of youth with autism. We provide education, research, successful referrals, and service coordination through various transition points, including first diagnosis, entering the school system, and during development of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Intensive In‐Home Services

Funded by the Massachusetts Departments of Education and Developmental Disabilities Services, this program supports families as they manage their funds and coordinate services. We work with school-aged youth with autism and related disabilities and their families in their own homes. Services one-on-one time for youth with staff who provide a unique service plan that could include occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy. The funding also helps with adaptive equipment, camp registration fees, and more.

HALO Swim & Sing

Funded by the HALO Foundation, HALO Swim & Sing offers 1:1 individualized therapeutic recreation and socialization for children and young adults with moderate to severe neurological and physical disabilities while providing three hours of respite for their parents. This structured program provides regular opportunities for participants to be integrated and interact with members of their community as well as form friendships with the other participants.

Sibshops

Sibshops, for children grades 3-8 who have a sibling with special needs, provides programming that includes peer support and education in a fun and recreational environment.

For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.
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