Where can I find a physician who has experience with my disability?
What autism treatments will my insurance cover?
Where can I find a support program for my family?
An established leader in the field of disabilities, the Shriver Center offers the following resources to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)—and those who support them—find the information they need:
On its DisabilityInfo.org website, INDEX provides up-to-date information about programs, agencies, physicians, consultants, and dentists serving people with disabilities in Massachusetts. INDEX also offers disability-related resources, such as fact sheets and agency directories, for people with disabilities; their friends and families; and the people who serve them.
Autism Insurance Resource Center
Part of INDEX, the Autism Insurance Resource Center provides information to the public about insurance coverage for autism-related treatments and services under the law, An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism (ARICA), which took effect in Massachusetts on Jan. 1, 2011. A tool developed by the Center, Am I Covered, can determine if a person’s current insurance is subject to ARICA. The Autism Insurance Research Center serves self-advocates, family members, providers, employers and educators by providing free information and support, webinars and trainings, and access to information specialists.
Massachusetts Act Early
Coordinated by the Shriver Center’s LEND Program, Massachusetts Act Early educates families and professionals about healthy childhood development, early warning signs of developmental disorders (including autism spectrum disorder), and the importance of routine developmental screening and early intervention. The program provides such free materials as educational brochures and videos and contact information for autism and developmental diagnostic specialists.