The Boston Medical Center Autism Program assists and empowers individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and related disabilities through direct patient care and support, provider education and community-based outreach. We strive to meet the needs of the autism community in Boston and its surrounding areas in a culturally competent manner by offering high quality and comprehensive care to all.
This program fills a critical gap in existing community and hospital-based resources for families of children with autism because few programs are available in Boston for families with limited English proficiency. BMC’s clinical program serves a unique patient population, working mainly with undeserved, urban families of children with autism. BMC has shown outstanding initiative in addressing the pressing needs of the families of low-income children with autism. The BMC staff understands the socioeconomic stressors that are unique to this underserved population and works hard to meet the growing needs for focused care and services.
(Deedee Phillips, Executive Director, Autism Consortium)
Our Resource Library compiles a comprehensive list of resources that will educate, inform, and support providers and families in navigating an autism diagnosis and encourage positive development and functioning. Many of these resources can be accessed right from any computer. Resources include a Parent Information Packet, Transition to Adulthood Manual, visual supports, social stories, and safety information.
It can be very difficult for parents of children with autism to navigate the overlapping and often confusing intersections of education, healthcare and therapeutic interventions for autism, and resources such as the Autism Clinic are a great help. The staff there is enthusiastic, forward thinking, and kind. The benefits of their intervention are very critical and very tangible.
(Kate, mother of two sons with autism)
The Parent Information Packet (PIP) was designed by the Autism Consortium to support families in navigating the first years after diagnosis. The PIP includes critical information regarding general understanding of the diagnosis, educational assistance, getting insurance coverage, and a plethora of additional resources including local support centers and literature. The PIP is currently available in six languages and can be accessed through our resource library. Read more >
Training & Workshops
We strive to tailor our trainings and workshops to meet the individual needs of varying groups, including educators, professional audiences, community groups, PACs, in addition to families and care providers. Topics include: transition to adulthood planning, sibling support, social skills training, culture and family engagement, safety and sexuality, introductory workshops about autism spectrum disorders and many more! Read more >
Featured Blog Post
Meet Katherine Sennott
Staff Corner My name is Katherine, and I’m an intern at The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center. As you may know, April is Autism Awareness Month, and we’ve been working nonstop to get the families we work with all the resources they need so that their children can thrive. I first got involved with the Autism Program in summer 2012, as part of a week of community service my school, Boston University, does at the beginning of each scholastic year... Read more >