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"Free To Be Me": Group Respite Program for Children ages 5-11



"Free to Be Me" Group Respite: ages 5-11

The Autism Alliance of MetroWest, in partnership with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), is happy to offer respite programming for 2022.

This program runs for our Spring semester January through June 2022, with monthly sessions for children ages 5-11 with autism. The program is in Hudson on Saturday evenings. The respite is provided in small groups or with one-to-one support by special education teachers and specialists, with support from Autism Alliance staff. Sessions are limited to 10 children.

The goal of the program is to provide families with the opportunity to enjoy their respite time, while the children are in a safe, customized, community respite program with fun activities and a chance to make freinds. Please click the following link for an application.  You will be notified if your son/daughter has received a slot for the group. We will have a waiting list. 

For more information about this group, please contact Pam McKillop or 508-652-9900.


In order to participate in these free programs, you must meet this criteria:

1. Geography: Live in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts, as defined by DDS.

2. Eligibility: Be deemed eligible for DDS services under the Division of Autism. This is an application process that once completed, can take many months to process. Please contact one of our Autism Specialists if you have any questions about filling out this DDS application or require assistance, or if you are unsure about your child's eligibility status.