UMass Amherst

Children with Special Needs

Resources for Basic Needs 1-800-339-7779 or (413)582-4237, a program of Community Action, assists parents of children in need of early intervention services, to learn the agency or program best suited to your child's needs.

On Campus

Psychological Services Center offers programs to parents of children with special needs.

Off Campus

REACH is an Early Intervention Program of ServiceNet. It is a developmental screening and service program designed to help parents with children from birth to age three who may have developmental needs. A local program is integrated at the Amherst Family Center on Monday mornings.

The Early Intervention Parent Leadership Project was created through the support of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and is staffed by parents whose children have received Early Intervention Services.

The Association for Community Living provides several programs such as Whole Children, Family Empowerment, Down Syndrome Resource Group of Western MA and Community Resources for People with Autism. Whole Children provides recreational, social, and enrichment programs for children of all abilities, including those with special needs. Family Empowerment (Hadley, (413) 585-8010) is the family support center contracted by the Department of Developmental Services to serve families living in Hampshire County. They can provide information and referral for disability specific and generic community resources; parent training; parent support groups and service navigation.