Family Support Center

Opened in 2016, the Autism Family Support Center provides services to families from diverse cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds including those who are supporting an individual with autism.

Conveniently located in downtown Lynn, the Center is easily accessible to public transportation and offers a variety of programs during the day, after hours and on weekends.

Access the Center’s Services

Families of adults and children living at home who are eligible for services from DDS have access to the Center.  Our purpose is to support families when they need it most, to provide resources for individuals with disabilities and their families to attain the highest level of support to positively impact their lives.

Customize Case Management

Each family will participate in an initial face-to-face assessment to identify a support plan designed to meet individual needs. Special attention will be paid to the family’s strengths and interests as well as their community and spiritual affiliations/memberships. Services will include but are not limited to:

  • Information and referral
  • Service Navigation
  • Family training
  • Mentoring
  • Respite
  • In-home supports
  • Goal setting, monitoring and outcome assessment will ensure that families will be supported as their needs evolve

Connecting & Access

The Center staff will offer families relevant information, invite them to community events, and link them with other families to initiate supportive networks.

  • Accession services
  • Community activities
  • Parent advocacy & networking
  • Social & recreational events

The Center’s staff will support individuals by fostering self-sufficiency and independence, and comprehensive plan management, to ensure their well-being as productive members of the community.

 Workshops & Training

A variety of educational opportunities will be offered to families, the Center’s staff and other professionals to ensure that relevant topics and best practices are at the forefront of programming.  Topics could include:

  • Transitions
  • Guardianship
  • Entitlements
  • Financial literacy
  • Behavior strategies
  • Spiritualism
  • Employment supports