The Friends of The Autism Center

The Friends of the Autism Center provide critical financial support needed to sustain The Autism Center’s advocacy. You represent a powerful network of Massachusetts individuals who care about creating opportunities for children and young adults with autism. With your support we can grow this network of Friends of the Autism Center, and create a stronger voice for youth on the spectrum.  We are deeply grateful for the support of the Friends.

Click here to see what the Friends helped make possible in 2018!

Imagine the possibilities. As leaders representing many perspectives, we share ideas, collaborate, and advance opportunities for children and young adults with autism.



May 2017 – Meeting of the Minds Forum 2017


Thank you to our sponsors, and all who attended.
Read about our 2017 Meeting of the Minds Forum here.
Check out more on twitter feed at #MofM17.


May 2017 – Meeting of the Minds Forum 2017

Our inaugural Meeting of the Minds Forum
was held on March 9, 2016
Featuring Dr. Rosalind Picard
Founder, M.I.T. Media Lab’s Affective Computing Group




(For a full screen version click here. Video produced by Will Felder Productions & Photography)


Thank you to all who came and to the many wonderful Friends of the Autism Center who helped organize this incredible event. It felt like a TEDx talk with a purpose! Parents, advocates, professionals and inventors came together and you could feel the minds energetically whirring, imagining applications of this technology! Thank you Rosalind Picard, Founder of the MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Group.  Your inventions have the potential to help individuals with autism (and others) to communicate and be understood, and unlock all kinds of potential.

Enjoy the photos below from the event and more pictures on our facebook page albums and join the conversation, click these links:

1) Attendee photo album

2) Professional photos (Tony Irving).

3) Read our blog recap here.

4) Check out more on twitter feed at #MofM16.







November 2015 – Author’s Tea

Thanks to all who attended our Authors’ Tea on November 8.  We had a lovely time at the home of Julia & Einer Elhauge, and enjoyed readings by three local authors and advocates who eloquently shared their experiences and perspectives on autism in an intimate and supportive dialogue.


Scott is 28 years old, with high functioning autism (PDD-NOS/Asperger’s).  A graduate of Merrimack College with a degree in Religious studies & a Minor in Biology, Scott shares poetry & prose with his blog & Facebook readers about the impact autism has had on his life. Scott has appeared at numerous events as an advocate for individuals with autism.

  • Susan Senator Author, English professor, disability advocate

Susan is best known as Nat’s Mom. Susan has written two autism parenting books, a third will be published April 2016. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post and on the Today Show, NPR, and CNN. She writes a blog & posts on Facebook about autism, parenting, & living happily.

Jess shares her family’s journey raising two beautiful daughters, one of them autistic, to 250,000 loyal followers in her online communities — on her “Diary of a Mom” blog and Facebook page where she writes with humor, compassion, and mutual respect, building bridges and mutual understanding about autism. Read her write-up here.

(Click their names to view their blogs.)




October 2015 Inclusive Halloween Party.

We enjoyed a fun and welcoming Inclusive Halloween Party on October 31, 2015 at the home of Judith Ursitti, co-sponsored by Judith, Susan Senator, and Tere Ramos.  Costumed guests enjoyed tricks and treats, including a bouncy house, Fortune teller/Tarot Card readings, Arts and Crafts, Photobooth and more! Read Susan Senator’s blog post about it here!


April 2015  Event featuring Maria Paiewonsky:

  • Below are photos of our April 30, 2015 Luncheon at Ann Guay’s house. 
  • Featuring Maria Paiewonsky, our speaker – who engaged us with her interactive presentation on transition and higher education inclusion.
  • We thank Ann Guay, Co-Chair, for hosting such a lovely lunch and chance to connect.


November 2104 Event featuring Dr. Isaac Kohane:

Thank you to everyone who attended Dr. Kohane’s presentation and the panel discussion at the Boston office of DLA Piper LLP on November 13, 2014. It was an exciting and informative evening.

View the presentation.



May 2014 Event featuring Leonard Rappaport, MD:

Friends of the Autism Center held its first event on May 21, 2014 honoring Leonard Rappaport, MD, MS at the Boston office of Mintz Levin. 




The Autism Center.  A leader in autism advocacy.

Since 1969, MAC has provided advocacy and legal services to vulnerable children who have faced barriers to educational opportunity due to a disability, language barrier, ethnicity, or income level.

MAC’s Autism Center is a pioneering voice in autism advocacy. Launched in 2002, The Autism Center works with elected official and partners to create laws and regulations to ensure that children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have access to the services and resources they need in order to reach their full potential.

MAC empowers parents to be a voice for their children, by providing legal services, advocating for children in need, community workshops, and online resources to explain how the laws work.

Join our community of Friends of the Autism Center and help make a difference for children with autism.