For Parents

Parents’ Association

Parents’ Association Meetings are the first Tuesday of every month (unless otherwise noted).

The I.N.S.P.I.R.E. School is proud to collaborate with our active Parents Association, currently chaired by I.N.S.P.I.R.E. parent Cheryl Kelley. The Parents’ Association strives to provide fun-based contexts for creative problem-solving, family support, and parent/child socialization while developing strategies to support the goals of our school.

Resources for Parents

Disability Scoop–

Autism After 16–

National Vaccine Information Center–


Advocates for Autism of

The United Arc of Franklin & Hampshire Counties—

The United
The mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Asperger’s Association of New

Brain Balance Center of West Springfield
(413) 737-KIDS (5437)
The Brain Balance Program® is an individualized and comprehensive approach to helping children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties surmount their unique challenges.

Community Resources for People with Autism
116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 529-2428
(Serving Western Massachusetts – Providing information, support groups, lending library, respite, family training, and advocacy)

Friends of Ladders
A parent and community organiztion supporting the Clinical Program of the Lurie Family Autism Center/LADDERS General Hospital for Children

Autism Society of America – VT

(Ages 3 through 5)
Special Education Unit, Department of Education
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
Phone: 802-828-5115

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-0206
TTY: 802-241-2612

Disability Law Project
57 N. Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: 800-769-7459 or 802-775-0021

Vermont Protection and Advocacy
15 E. State Street, #101
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: 802-229-1355 or in VT 800-834-7890

Division for Children with Special Health Needs
Department of Health

108 Cherry St
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
Phone: 802-863-7338

Vermont Family Network
600 Blair Park Road, Suite 240
Williston, Vermont 05495
Phone: 800-800-4005
Web-based contact page
VFN Autism Page

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New Technologies Helping Autistic Students

This video is from WCVB TV Boston, highlighting the Ipad and Proloquo 2 Go.
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How to Obtain Guardianship for Adults With Autism
This article from Fox News addresses some of the problems and roadblocks parents may encounter when an autistic child reaches the age of majority.
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iPad Apps That Help Autistic Children’s Development
A caring mother of an autistic child has assembled a robust list of apps for the iPad that can assist and entertain ASD children. Also included is a heartwarming video of young Nolan enjoying his iPad.
Click here to visit the page and see the video.

Telling Children They Have Autism or Aspergers Syndrome
Here is a video from the Aspergers Society with tips on how to communicate to a child or loved one that they may have ASD.
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Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet
AS is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), one of a distinct group of neurological conditions characterized by a greater or lesser degree of impairment in language and communication skills, as well as repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought and behavior. This website, via the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, delivers a wealth of information on the topic, including history, warning signs and research progress.
Click here to see the NINDS site.

Taking an ASD Child to the Dentist
This article hopes to make you aware of some of these challenges prior to your first visit, as well as provide some useful ways to deal with them. Included in this article are three main areas that are most often in need of attention:preparation, sensory issues and communication.
Click here to read the article from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism.

Autism Moms Have Stress Similar To Combat Soldiers
Recent research has shown elevated stress levels in mothers of adolescents with ASD. The levels of stress, fatgue and work interruption have been likened to that of combat soldiers. This very important article is a must-read for all involved families.
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Understanding Special Education and the IEP
This website supports advocacy for parents and caregivers of ASD children. Included are sections on: parents’ rights, the IEP process, support for parents and many others.
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A Valuable Resource
This newsletter from Autism Teaching Tools and the Autism Resource Center of South Florida contains a wealth of information, articles and other resources for parents, friends of families of ASD children.
Click here to read the January, 2011 newsletter.

Emotionally Cut Off. Physically Strong. Sexually Aware. How Does a Mother Cope when Autistic Boys Grow up?
A British mother with two autistic sons poignantly shares her experiences as they enter adulthood. From The Daily Mail online edition.
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Brain Scan Might Someday Spot Autism
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For Autistic Teens, Handwriting Problems May Continue
Researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute revealed that like children with autism spectrum disorder, adolescents with ASD have poor handwriting quality and motor skill impairments. From
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ACT NOW Impact Assessment Report
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Sex: What Do People with Aspergers Need To Know?
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Dollars & Sense: Special-needs Children Require Special Financial Planning
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Tax Deductions for Children with Special Needs
This informative article from explains some of the possible deductions and benefits for parents of ASD children. Find out how medical expenses, special diets, special schooling and private schooling all can be claimed on your taxes.
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Autistic People Need Flexible Employers
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Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Read her article on tips and techniques for teachers and parents. From
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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
Award-winning author and parent Ellen Notbohm has written a wonderful article that defines the top ten characteristics of living with autism from the viewpoint of a child. From Child Autism Parent Cafe.
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Dogs Help Children to Read
See the fascinating video from BBC.
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Language Delays Found in Siblings of Children with Autism
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Children With Autism Improve Key Thinking Skills Over Time
Read the article from U. S. News and World Report. A very encouraging article for parents and staff.
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Tips for General-Education Teachers
Parents may want to distribute this helpful article targeted at general-education teachers
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New findings released on the genetic basis of autism
Results from Phase 2 of the Autism Genome Project are a huge step toward developing targeted
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Video: What you should know about an IEP
This Autism Hangout Special Report addresses the importance of the Individual Education Plan
for children with Autism. From Autism Support Network.
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Food Allergens
Here is some valuable information on food allergens, sensitivities and substitutes
—especially pertaining to children with ASD. Courtesy of Autism at Home Series.
Click here for article.

Slideshow: Various pictures from our school!