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The Autism Program at BMC is a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive and culturally competent program that is uniquely equipped to meet the complex needs of patients and families.  

Our team of Resource Specialists and Family Navigators offers specialized outreach, training, and advocacy services, forms effective partnerships with schools, collaborates with local organizations, and draws upon a deep knowledge base of social service agencies to facilitate linkages to critical resources.

Patients of BMC represent some of the neediest people in the Greater Boston Area; almost 75% receive government-subsidized insurance such as Medicaid, and a significant portion struggle to make ends meet with incomes well below the poverty level. Seventy percent of all patients are from racial and ethnic minority populations, and 30% do not speak English as a primary language.  

Our Mission

Boston Medical Center’s Autism Program assists and empowers those affected by ASD through direct patient support, provider education and community based trainings in a culturally competent manner by offering high quality and comprehensive care to all, regardless of status or ability to pay.

History

Since 2003, clinicians have provided evaluations and ongoing care for children of all ages when there is a pediatrician concern about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related conditions. The Autism Program team at BMC is made up of trained professionals who work alongside Developmental and Behavioral clinicians to provide both exceptional medical care without exception and develop innovative, culturally competent approaches and methodologies to best support BMC’s patient population.

The diagnosis of ASD presents a uniquely complex set of challenges for families and the clinicians responsible for their care. There is no identified single cause, no known cure, nor any one prescribed treatment that can predict optimal outcomes for all children. Families affected by ASD confront a variety of barriers to getting needed services for their children. This includes systemic barriers, such as obtaining diagnostic appointments and securing treatment in a resource-limited economy. Many families seen at BMC are low-income, immigrant families who have the additional challenge of facing cultural, linguistic, educational, or other social barriers. To address this challenge, The Autism Program assists and empowers those affected by ASDs through direct patient support, provider education and community based trainings in a culturally competent manner by offering high quality and comprehensive care to all, regardless of status or ability to pay.

Facts and Figures

The Autism Program…

  • Has supported over 6,000 family referrals since its inception in 2007
  • Conducts annual trainings, workshops, and events for over 150 parents, professionals, and community members
  • Has over 1,100 followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest with an average of 10 new parent and professional followers each week
  • Curates a robust resource library with over 300 materials translated into multiple languages 
  • Operates a highly successful culturally and linguistically diverse Parent Leadership Network (PLAN) with over 25 parent mentor matches entering its fourth year
  • Runs a unique Teen Mentoring program (TEAM), with 24 participants in its first year
  • Hosts an annual Autism Awareness Day event for families, community members, and hospital staff
  • Has fostered successful partnerships with over 25 community based agencies and programs

Contact

The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center
Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Phone: 617.414.3842
Email: [email protected]            

Mailing Address:

72 East Concord Street
Vose 412
​​​​​​​Boston, MA 02118

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