Region 5

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.

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

Family Klatch (Plainfield – Region 5)

Family Klatch is held at the Plainfield Health Care Center located at 12 Lathrop Road in the 2nd Floor Community Room in Plainfield.  The group meets the third Friday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Light refreshments are provided.  For more information contact Heather Graveline at 860-546-9289 or hgraveline@ctfsn.org.

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.

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.

Parents Supporting Each Other (Dayville- Region 5)

Parents Supporting Each Other is a support and information group for parents of children, youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges.  The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at United Services located at 1007 North Main Street in Dayville, Connecticut.  The group is sponsored by Communities Raising Children, the Northeast System of Care.  For more information, contact Lorna at 860-576-0689 or grivois620@comcast.net.

Success SEPTO  (Willington – Region 5)

The mission of Success SEPTO is to work within local communities to encourage school districts, legislators, and families to work together. The organization strives to understand, support, and enhance education, and provide greater opportunities for children with special needs.  The group serves Ashford, Mansfield, Stafford, Tolland, Willington and other surrounding towns in Northeast Connecticut.  Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Willington Public Library. They also conduct Saturday workshops for parents. All meetings are open to the public.  New members and visitors are welcome.  For more information visit their Facebook pagewww.successsepto.org or email info@successsepto.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.

Tolland Family Resource Center PCS Group (Tolland – Region 5)

Tolland Family Resource Center PCS Group (Parents of Children with Special Needs) offers weekly B-3 playgroups from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday mornings.  The group also shares information on soccer, bowling and baseball programs in town for special needs children, parent workshops on various topics, family events and parenting classes. For more information and dates of meetings contact Laurel Leibowitz at 860-870-6750, ext 215 or visit their website www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/tollandfrc.

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.

Windham Parent Connection

Maria Nazario, is the mother of a child with disabilities and who also works as a Family Liaison with Windham Public Schools. For the past couple of months she have been participating in a training called Partners in Policy Making. Everyone in the class is responsible for a project, my project is to start a support group in Windham/Willimantic that is bilingual. Windham Parent Connection is a parent support group that meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Questers Way at the East Brook Mall located at 95 Storrs Road in Mansfield Center, Connecticut. The group starts on September 20, 2016 and takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information about the group contact group leader Maria Nazario at either 860-465-2472 or 860-207-0089.

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