UMass Amherst

Children with Special Needs

On Campus

Psychological Services Center offers programs to parents of children with special needs.
Center for Counseling and Psychological Care is an interdisciplinary counseling service, staffed by licensed mental health providers, including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and clinical nurse specialists.

Off Campus

Collaborative for Educational Services a non-profit educational service agency, committed to reaching and educating learners of all ages, experienced in working with educators to help students learn and succeed.

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.

Family Empowerment in 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.

Pathlight Group provides several programs such as Whole Children, Family Empowerment, and the Down Syndrome Resource Group of Western MA.

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.

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.

ServiceNet is an integrated behavioral health agency serving the broad needs of people with mental illness, homelessness, brain injuries, and intellectual disabilities throughout Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties.

Whole Children provides recreational, social, and enrichment programs for children of all abilities, including those with special needs.