Our chapter of The Arc is governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by key staff members.
Janine Birmingham is the Autism Program Director for the Arc of the South Shore. She joined the agency in May 2016 to develop an Autism Resource Center. Janine’s passion for autism began when her son was diagnosed in 1996; she then dedicated her life and career to helping others navigate the same journey. In the early 2000’s, Janine was one of the founders of a grassroots non-profit that served the ever-growing ASD community at a time when the prevalence was reaching epidemic numbers. As Vice President, she developed and ran their therapeutic and recreational programs. She also worked as an Intensive Special Needs Tutor, Speech Therapy Assistant, and Home Therapist for Quincy Public Schools for sixteen years prior to joining The Arc. Janine’s extensive personal and professional experience offers a unique spin and perspective in understanding the multi-faceted complexities and issues encountered along the ASD journey, from early childhood through adulthood. She truly understands the challenges individuals and families face and strives to whole-heartedly be of service in a compassionate, encouraging, and empowering manner. She loves to creatively design programs, including The Arc’s signature Exploring Disney Animation classes, and the nationally recognized Sensational Story Time Yoga program that was an Arc Tank finalist in 2022. Along with a B.A. in Psychology, Janine has earned the credentials of Registered Behavior Technician, Sib Shop Facilitator, Advanced Yoga Teacher, Certified Yoga Therapist, and Reiki Master Teacher.