Multicultural Community Services of the Pioneer Valley, Inc.

Autism Without Intellectual Disabilities

Individuals with Autism who do not have an intellectual disability are now eligible to access some of the adult supports offered by DDS, including day programming and Family Support. Upon graduating from high school OR turning 22 years of age, individuals are eligible for ASD services. MCS currently provides the following supports:

Navigation – Navigators are available to assist families with a variety of navigation needs including accessing generic programs like Social Security, SNAP, Fuel Assistance, mental health services, etc. Navigation in the Autism program often focuses on futures planning.

Group Respite – There is a robust group respite component of this program that includes a mixture of virtual activities, small group community outings, large/full group events, and overnight trips. Group respite is appropriate for individuals who can function in a group setting and will comply with group regulations and guidelines.

Behavioral Supports – Two BCBAs are available for individual consultations, either with the individual or the parents/caregivers. They also provide staff training and group workshops.

1:1 Staffing – MCS Direct Service Professionals accompany individuals on community outings or provide skill building.