Region 6

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

Epilepsy Parent Support Group (Bethel- Region 6)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT warmly invites parents and adults with epilepsy to attend this support group. The group meets at Ability Beyond Disability located at 4 Berkshire Boulevard in Bethel, Connecticut. Meetings are held from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.  For more information please contact the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 800-899-3745 or efct@sbcglobal.net or Marita Ferguson at 203-748-4897.

Fairfield SEPTA (Fairfield – Region 6)

The Fairfield SEPTA, Inc. (Special Education PTA) is a group of parents, teachers and community professionals and supporters striving to improve the education and social interactions and recreational opportunities of children with special needs.  SEPTA provides the parents of special education students with support and resources.  The group offers informative, monthly meetings.  For more information, visit www.fairfieldsepta.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.

Litchfield County Autism Spectrum Association Parent Support Group (LACASA) (Winsted- Region 6)

Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC), in Winsted, Connecticut, offers an evening support group for parents and caregivers of children with autism. The group is facilitated by Sharon Cable (parent) and Dr. Robert Beck (NCCC faculty member and director of the Behavioral Studies program in the college). The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. Participation is free and is open to anyone who cares for children with autism. For more information, please contact Sharon Cable at 860-693-9128 or Robert Beck at860-738-6386 or visit www.autismsupportct.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.

Padres Unidos Abriendo Puertas (United Parents Opening Doors) – Spanish-Speaking Support Group for Parents of Children with Disabilities (Danbury – Region 6)

This is a support group for Spanish-speaking parents of children with disabilities to learn about special education and advocacy, share concerns and ideas and learn about resources available to help. The group meets in the second Sunday of the month from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, Connecticut. The group is facilitated by Mio Galarza, Social-Community Psychologist and advocate. For more information contact Mio at 203-240-2467 or miozotisg22@yahoo.com.

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.

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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