With the dramatic increase in autism-related diagnoses and a gap in family support services for families specifically dealing with this diagnosis, we have embarked on an initiative to develop an Autism Resource Center (ARC) serving the South Shore area.
Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children are on the autism spectrum – a ten- fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Apply this rate to Norfolk County, which The Arc of the South Shore serves and there could be more than 10,000 people affected by autism. In the town of Weymouth alone, there are approximately 111 children within the school system that have autism.
Although the southeastern part of the state has Autism Support Centers, located respectively in Swansea and Dedham, these centers are not readily available to the families in the towns we serve. An autism support center based in Weymouth started in 2000 with the area DDS office identifying the need in this geographic area. The Center closed in 2006 due to budget cuts and a variety of other reason. The Arc of the South shore would like to fill this gap in service by expanding support and services by creating the Autism Resource Center (ARC) for families based in our catchment area.
- Information Sessions and Educational Forums
- Weekends Respite Programming – Saturday Skill Builders
- Family Support Groups
- School Vacation Activities
- Disney Club
- On-Line Help Center
We provide individuals and families with the support and resources they need to successfully navigate the autism journey!