AUTISM SERVICES ASSOCIATION INC

aka ASA   |   Welleley Hills, MA   |  www.autismservicesassociation.org

Mission

Community employment and membership, vocational development,  developmental skills training and Day Habilitation  for young adults and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities

Ruling year info

1972

Executive Director

MS Sheela Smith

Emeritus Executive DIrector

Dr. Joel Smith

Main address

47 Walnut Street

Welleley Hills, MA 02481 USA

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EIN

04-2470788

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It is ASA's mission to ensure that the quality of life for persons with autism remains as great as their potential allows them, and strives to serve the community with whatever services may be needed. 1. Foster public awareness of the problems of persons with autism and other developmental disabilities. 2. To advocate the development of individually responsive services for persons with autism and other developmental disabilities in community settings. 3. To establish and maintain services for persons with autism and other developmental disabilities. 4. To disseminate information to parents and others as to services and resources for persons with autism and other developmental disabilities. ASA provides information, education, rehabilitation services, training, supported employment, and opportunities for personal growth as an interim step in the rehabilitation process towards self-sufficiency and community integration.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Autism Services Association, Inc (ASA)

Community Employment Vocational Program, Day Habilitation Program, for persons with autism in central and eastern Massachusetts. Transportation services provided

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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ASA is committed to maximum feasible development of day-habilitation specialized need areas, vocational, social and community skills in individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. This triad of skill areas is essential to optimal job functioning since substantial deficiencies in any skill area will impact on the individuals' ability to be hired, to hold jobs and to be an integrated community member. It is ASA's belief that all of its participants are capable of supported work provided they are given adequate and appropriate supports.

The maximization of individuals' essential job and job-related skills involves creating and promoting normative conditions conducive to personal development and growth.

It further involves:

A. locating competitive employment and employer paid jobs which match individuals strengths and needs;

B. providing long term on-site training and supervision;

C. providing both vocational and social training opportunities (which are either natural or engineered according to individual needs) in alternative job-sites for
those individuals whose levels of skills and highly intensive needs for staffing presently do not allow for full day work tolerance and a high level of independent production rate.

D. long term planning for every participant in appropriate job matches, quality of job sites and careful increasing of job responsibilities and work responsibilities based on the individuals' increasing independence.

The goal of the program is to maximize the individual's vocational potential in order to participate as an integrated member of the community and as a participant in the productive development of the community.

ASA’s Day Habilitation Services allows those members to participate in an active therapeutic treatment. Members receive training in sensory, self-help, social, communication, behavior, affective and independent living. The program emphasizes on increasing a member’s level of functioning and to facilitate independent living and self-management in the community and to prepare for movement out of day habilitation and into community and employment services.



ASA is committed to maximum feasible development of day-habilitation specialized need areas, vocational, social and community skills in individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. This triad of skill areas is essential to optimal job functioning since substantial deficiencies in any skill area will impact on the individuals' ability to be hired, to hold jobs and to be an integrated community member. It is ASA's belief that all of its participants are capable of supported work provided they are given adequate and appropriate supports.

The maximization of individuals' essential job and job-related skills involves creating and promoting normative conditions conducive to personal development and growth.

It further involves:

A. locating competitive employment and employer paid jobs which match individuals strengths and needs;

B. providing long term on-site training and supervision;

C. providing both vocational and social training opportunities (which are either natural or engineered according to individual needs) in alternative job-sites for those individuals whose levels of skills and highly intensive needs for staffing presently do not allow for full day work tolerance and a high level of independent production rate.

D. long term planning for every participant in appropriate job matches, quality of job sites and careful increasing of job responsibilities and work responsibilities based on the individuals' increasing independence.

The goal of the program is to maximize the individual's vocational potential in order to participate as an integrated member of the community and as a participant in the productive development of the community.


• The above objectives are to be achieved through these
interventions:

• intensive staffing;
• 250 days of annual service;
• analysis of the communicative functions of individual's behavior;
• analysis of individual needs and strengths through situational assessment.
• multiple planned job and community experiences;
• staff support through state of the art training in autism, communication and behavior;
• cooperation and regular communications with families and providers of other services to ASA participants
• cooperation and communication with Department of Developmental Services Local
Service Centers, local school systems, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and other governmental Offices.

ASA provides an intense, relevant and rich array of developmental experiences in daily living, community, vocational and employment areas that contain high expectation and challenges for each individual, allow for intelligent and dignified risk taking, and respect the individuals' competencies and preferences;

•Specific technical assistance is provided in the following areas: Developmental specialist,
Job Coaching and Work Training, safety skills, work behaviors, mobility/motor skills and social/behavioral/communication strategies.


ASA Semi- annual report indicated that ASA is providing services to 89 individuals. We have 65 in our Community Based Day Supports and Supported Employment program and 24 in the Day Habilitation Program.

This report indicates that 80% of the persons we serve are working in the community with job coach supports. The earnings during this six month period has increased from last year to 5%. Of the 89 persons served 95% are participating in community and 53% have experienced volunteering. 54% of the individuals are meeting their goals set forth by their ISP and 23% are making progress.

ASA's has increased the amount of person's served in competitive employment with job coach supports from pervious years.

ASA continues to maintain our certifications by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, is accredited nationally by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, and is a member of ADDP, the Autism Society of America, the Asperger’s Association of New England, and the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers.

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AUTISM SERVICES ASSOCIATION INC

Board of directors
as of 12/19/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Ray Nute

Spectra Medical

Ray Nute

Spectra Medical

James McNamara

Dave Gunzburger

Jason Ganz

Josh Silver

Jack Penny

Mathew Christopher