Patient Resources
Complex Care & Special Needs
Center for Health and Development (CHD)
 
"CHD, a non-profit organization, delivers a broad array of critical social and mental health services to over 18,000 people each year in western Massachusetts and Connecticut."
 
Website
Group mentoring brochure
Dance lessons
 
Child and Family Service of Pioneer Valley
 
"This program empowers individuals with physical disabilities and visual impaiments to enhance their self-confidence, interactive skills and physical abilities through organized activities, support groups and self-advocacy. It serves preschoolers through adults."
 
Informational brochure
 
Collaborative Consultative Care Coordination Program (4C)
 
"4C was created to help parents and pediatricians manage care for the most medically complex children in the community. Through increased communication, the 4C team will identify the best combination of services and supports to meet your family's goals."
 
Website
Informational brochure
 
 
The Parent Training and Information Center
 
"This center provides free information, technical assistance and workshops to Massachusetts families of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them."
 
Website
Informational brochure
      
Education Advocate
 
Linda Suprenant is with the Federation for Children with Special Needs and can help answer questions about special education plans and programs.
 
Linda Suprenant
Parent Training and Information Center
(Western Mass Office)
(413) 323-0681
 
 
Family Ties of Massachusetts Parent to Parent Program

"This group provides information and emotional support to parents who have a child with a disability, chronic illness, or special needs. It is a statewide information and support network for families of children with disabilities or chronic illness."
 
Informational brochure available in:
English
Español

 
Federation for Children with Special Needs
 
"The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities."
 
Website
Informational brochure
 
 
Friends Next Door
 
"Friends Next Door pairs ten teens with intellectual disabilities with teens without disabilities to foster meaningful and lasting friendship. The goal is to enhance self-esteem, create lasting friendships and foster life altering experiences for all participants."
 
Informational Brochure
 
Kehillah JCC Special Needs Department
 
"The mission of Kehillah, the JCC Special Needs Program, is to provide quality recreational and enrichment programs for children and adults with special needs. We are committed to fostering a fun and welcoming environment where participants develop skills and independence, build self esteem and cultivate meaningful relationships."
 
Special needs camps offered
Project RIDE
Events and programs for kids
 
The Pediatric Palliative Care Network
 
"The Pediatric Palliative Care Network serves the unmet physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of children in Massachusetts with life-limiting illnesses. Our services are provided at no cost to children 18 years old or younger who have a life-limited illness."
 
Website
Informational brochure available in:
English
Español