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Help support families caring for loved ones with autism. 

Who We Are

The Autism Alliance started out as a group of six families and has grown over more than twenty five years. We are now one of seven autism support centers in Massachusetts, and in 2009 we became a program of Advocates. Today, we support 2,400 families and professionals throughout the state and beyond. While we have experienced tremendous growth over the past two decades, the mission of The Autism Alliance has remained the same:

To provide families with information, education, and support; to plan programs and events that will aid those families; and to increase public awareness regarding autism. 

The Autism Alliance serves individuals and families from the following communities: Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Westborough

What We Do

Family Networking

Support groups and recreational events where families can connect with, learn from, and support each other.


Together, Advocates and the Autism Alliance partner with businesses and individuals to create welcoming and accessible community spaces for families and their loved ones with autism.

School Vacation Programs

Our variety of school vacation activites are fun, free, and inclusive to children with autism and their siblings.

Special Events

Annual sensory-friendly events for the whole family include Kite Day on Bose Mountain and Sunset at Southwick’s Zoo.

Speaker Series

We often host guest speakers and workshop leaders with expertise in the field of autism.

Social Skills and Sensory Programs

Offerings throughout the year include a sensory open gym program, swim sessions, social video gaming program, Friday night group for teens and adults, and much more.

Information and Referrals

Our monthly e-newsletter is full of the latest information and local resources to help families connect with their community and access the support they need. We also provide free information and referral consultation by phone and maintain an up-to-date online Resource Directory.


We provide grants to families that meet financial need criteria or experience a catastrophic circumstance. This funding can be used to assist with direct needs of the family member with autism.