Region 3

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) Support Groups (Statewide)

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) facilitates support groups for parents of children on the autism spectrum and families members throughout the state.  For more information, visit www.autismconnecticut.org/find-local-support-group, email info@autismconnecticut.org or call 203-265-7717.

Autism Spectrum Support/Educational Group Meeting for Parents

This group provides a place for parents of children on the autism spectrum, or with another related disorder, to come together and get support and information. The group consists of monthly peer-run support interspersed with special guests and speakers to offer additional guidance and perspective. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Institute of Living in the Massachusetts Cottage in the first floor group room located at 200 Retreat Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut. For more information contact Goviana at 860-560-1711 or via email at gmorales@spedconnecticut.org

Bloomfield Support Group (Bloomfield – Region 3)

The Bloomfield Support Group is a support group for parents of children of all ages and disabilities. The group is co-sponsored by the JP Vincent Family Resource Center in Bloomfield and the African & Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP). Meetings are held during the school year on the fourth Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Laurel Elementary School in Bloomfield, Connecticut. All are welcome. Dinner and childcare are provided. For more information please contact JP Vincent Family Resource Center at 860-769-5518 or 860-286-2640 x112.

Bolton SEPTA (Bolton – Region 3)

The Bolton SEPTA is a standalone committee of the Bolton PTA. The mission of the Bolton Special Education Parent Teacher Association is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community. The PTA meets at the Bolton Center School Library on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. during the school year. For more information, contact the Bolton PTA at 860-595-2782 or visit their website.

Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (CDSC) (Statewide)

CT Down Syndrome Congress is a special interest group that advocates for persons with Down Syndrome and their families. The group is comprised of over 350 parents, numerous professionals and over 20 advocacy groups statewide. They provide support to members through their annual convention, by co-sponsoring conferences for parents and professionals andby  hosting numerous local and state-wide activities (e.g. picnics, playgroups, mom’s night outs, holiday parties, etc.). For more information call 888-486-8537 or visit their website at www.ctdownsyndrome.org.

Connecticut Family Support Network (Statewide)

The Connecticut Family Support Network holds monthly meetings in various areas.    For more information, please contact the following:

Executive Director: Tesha Imperati  203-710-3041  timperati@ctfsn.org

North Region: Amy McCoy  860-430-9370  amccoy@ctfsn.org

Southeast Region: April Dipollina 860-271-4371 adipollina@lmhosp.org

North Central Region: Pam Scott-Ashe 860-548-9959 pscottashe@afcamp.org

Northeast Region: Heather Graveline 860-546-9289 hgraveline@ctfsn.org

South Central Region: Deborah Pagano-Finkle 203-430-0242  dpagano@ctfsn.org

West Region: Trish Butler 203-826-9739  tbutler@ctfsn.org

Southwest Region: Trish Butler 203-826-9739  tbutler@ctfsn.org

Bi-Lingual Family Support: Maggy Morales 860-679-1527  mmorales@ctfsn.org

Deaf and HH Advocacy Coordinator: Patti Silva 860-529-7766  psilva@ctfsn.org

Connecticut Grandparent Caregiver Support Group Listing

The Department of Social Services Aging Services Division offers a comprehensive listing of support groups for grandparent caregivers in Connecticut.  View the listing on their website to find contact information for each support group: Grandparent Caregiver Support Group Listing

Food Allergy Support Team (FAST) (Statewide)

The mission of the Food Allergy Support Team (FAST) is to build a strong, collaborative support team for parents of children who live with food allergies.  FAST meets monthly for mutual support and practical advice, occasionally hosts guest speakers, advocates for children and educates the local community.  For more information about meetings, please contact FAST by phone at 860-265-3122, by email admin@justbreathect.com or online at www.justbreathect.com.

High Functioning Autism and Developmental Delays Support Group (HiFADD) (West Hartford – Region 3)

HiFADD is run by The Family Resource and Development Center, LLC in West Hartford, Connecticut.  The group meets monthly from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Family Resource and Development Center located at 41 N. Main Street, Suite 303, in West Hartford.  The group is for parents, other adult family members, as well as caregivers who are in need of support due to the unique demands of helping to raise children and/or adolescents with high functioning autism or other developmental delays that affect their social and emotional functioning and well being.  Groups consist of open discussion, as well as occasional guest speakers to discuss specific topics and address questions about a variety of issues.  Meetings are facilitated by April Smolski, LMFT.   Membership is available but not required to attend meetings.  For more information, contact April Smolski at 860-838-4736 or aprilfrdc@gmail.com.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association, CT Chapter (Statewide)

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association provides a variety of support groups to people suffering from spinal cord injuries throughout the state of Connecticut. Their support groups allow individuals the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics with other people who also have a spinal cord injury. Support group meetings are held at many area hospitals and independent living centers throughout the state. Support groups are organized and run by NSCIA CT Chapter member volunteers.  For support group locations, dates and times please visit www.sciact.org/support_grp.asp.

Next Steps Parent Support Group (Southington – Region 3)

The Next Steps Parent Support Group is for parents of children with special needs in the Southington area and is a place to bring questions, find support and take part in general discussions on topics relevant to family caregiving. Next Steps connects family caregivers directly to other family caregivers to share information. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at The Summit in Plantsville. The Greater Bristol/Farmington Valley Community Collaborative sponsors this support group. For more information about the Collaborative visit www.gbfvcc.org. For more information about the support group, contact Lori at stevelori@cox.net or Carrie at cgfolig1@cox.net.

North Central Community Collaborative Parent and Sibling Support Group (West Suffield – Region 3)

The NCCC Parent and Sibling Support groups are open to families whose lives have been touched by children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral, social, anxiety, attention, communication or mental health challenges.  The NCCC serves the following towns: Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Strafford Springs, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks.  The group meets the second Tuesday of the month (except for July and August) from 6 p.m. (light dinner) to 8 p.m. in room 221 at Suffield High School located at 1060 Sheldon Street in West Suffield, Connecticut. The group also runs a Family Activity Group to give children with disabilities the opportunity to interact with other children in a natural setting.  For more information, contact Doriana Vicedomini at 504-259-4327 or Diane Reynolds at 860-668-6005 or sdbreynolds@cox.net.

Not-So-Typical Autism Support Group (Hartford – Region 3)

This group focuses on the well-being of parents and caregivers of children with autism.  The group is based on the principle that being the parent of a child on the autism spectrum requires new perspectives, and that in order to provide the best for your child, you must provide the best for yourself.  The group is interactive and focuses on teaching parents the tools and experiences that refresh, honor and uplift them in a positive and nourishing environment.  Offered by Hope 4 Autism, Inc in partnership with Wild Heart Coaching, LLC the group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bank of America Room in the Hartford Public Library located at 500 Main Street in Downtown Hartford.

Parent Support Group (Manchester -Region 3)

This parent support group is for parents raising preschool through high school age children with a variety of disabilities including, but not limited t,o autism, apraxia, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, and epilepsy.  The group meets the last Sunday of the month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Panera Bread located at 179 Deming Street in Manchester.  Meetings are not held in July or August.  For more information about the group, contact Amy McCoy at amccoy@ctfsn.org.

Special Needs Advocacy for Parents (SNAP) – (Somers – Region 3)

SNAP is a group that offers a chance to exchange wisdom and ideas among one another.  Parents are invited to join to learn how to advocate as one group and understand how to better help their children and themselves.  For more information about meetings in Somers, please contact the group by phone at 860-265-3122, email at Admin@JustBreatheCT.com or visit their website www.JustBreatheCT.com.

Spinal Cord Injury Information Group (Hartford – Region 3)

The Spinal Cord Injury Information Group is open to all persons with spinal cord injury, family, friends and interested professionals. This program is sponsored by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Connecticut Chapter and facilitated by Bryan Tronosky, PT, Nicole Morales, OTR/L and Paige McCullough-Casciano, CTRS from Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital.  The group meets  the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Paige McCullough-Casciano at 860-714-2421 or pmccullo@stfranciscare.org..

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Connecticut Chapter (Statewide)

TACA CT aims to support families affected by autism by hosting educational meetings on various topics, informal coffee talks and fun family outings. TACA CT provides a supportive community, as well as information on a wide range of treatments and programs so parents can help their children with autism thrive, reach their highest potential, and improve their quality of life.  The group is open to families affected by autism, ADD/ADHD, and sensory processing disorders.  For more information visit www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/northeast/connecticut.

Welcome to My World – Autism (New Britain – Region 3)

Welcome to My World – Autism is a support group for families of children with autism.  The group provides information on social/emotional issues and recreation needs for families.  They meet in the media center at Pulaski Middle School located at 757 Farmington Avenue in New Britain, Connecticut every third Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the school year.  For more information, contact Stephen or Livia Arasimowicz at 860-259-5790 or welcometomyworldautism@yahoo.com.

Youth Service Bureaus (Statewide)

Youth Service Bureaus offer a network of resources and opportunities for children, youth and their families with the goal of helping youth to develop positively and to function as responsible members of their communities.  Many Youth Service Bureaus offer programs such as parent support groups, play groups, and social skills groups. To find the Youth Service Bureau  closest to you, visit the CT Youth Services Association website: www.ctyouthservices.org/Find_A_YSB.

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