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East Bay Support Center

Welcome to our new Autism Project - East Bay Support Center!



In 2015, after surveying families living with Autism in the East Bay, The Autism Project (TAP) and Bristol Rotary’s Charities Foundation discovered that too often, it was difficult – in some cases impossible - for East Bay children and families to access urgently needed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) trainings and direct support services. These families felt isolated and frustrated by the lack of ASD services in the East Bay. It was clear to TAP and Bristol Rotary that action must be taken to bring ASD support services closer to home.

We assembled a volunteer team of local health care professionals, town council members, and education and business leaders, such as the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.  And with their guidance and the financial support of the East Bay community, The Autism Project – East Bay Support Center opened its doors in September 2015!

Thanks to community members like you, the East Bay Support Center has provided direct support so far to 120 families, taught 4 multi-week training courses for parents with almost 200 participants, and formed support groups for both parents and children since opening in September. The Center is fulfilling its mission to bring help closer to home

But the Center’s work has only just begun. In 2015, enough funds were raised to open the Center and sustain it for 1 year. We now need your help to raise $100,000 in 2016 to ensure that the East Bay Support Center is sustained and expanded for years to come. With an estimated 2,000 children, teens, and adults in the East Bay diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD has risen to a level of crisis in our community. Without your support, our East Bay families raising children with Autism will not have this essential resource – one that they cannot afford to lose.


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East Bay Support Center Hours and Location

Wednesdays – 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Thursdays – 9:30AM to 2:30 PM


East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutler Street, #102, Warren, RI 02885

East Bay Support Center Programs

Aspire Training (Focusing on Asperger Syndrome): None currently scheduled
Parent to Parent (Parent-Led Training on Autism): 5-week training series, 3/6/17, 3/13/17, 3/20/17, 3/27/17, 4/3/17
Session 1: 10AM-11:30AM
Session 2: 6:00PM-7:30PM
Support Group for Parents and Caregivers: 2/15/17, 3/15/17, 4/12/17, 5/17/17, 6/21/17

East Bay Spring Series:

Reading Workshop - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This training discusses why reading can be challenging for some students. Participants learn the five components of reading and consider which components may challenge a student. Ways of accommodating different learning styles through multisensory approaches are discussed. Participants also explore ways of increasing the student engagement through the use of hands on activities.

Toilet Training a Child With ASD - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A one of a kind workshop offering strategies that support the child touse the toilet successfully.

  • Challenges and benefits of various techniques
  • Determining readiness and establishing a schedule
  • Visual supports and toileting charts
  • Problem solving specific situations

Power of the Binder - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Paperwork is a huge part of supporting your child with ASD. Knowing what to keep and how to organize it is essential to being the best advocate you can be! Join us and get organized by learning simple strategies that will impress your IEP team and reduce your stress when working with other professionals.

Guest Speaker: Pam O'Brien, Parents Advocating and Collaborating in Education

Local ASD Friendly Events: 

Looking Upwards Early Intervention presents Speech on the Beach

Since Our Opening:

  • Provided direct support to 141East Bay families
  • Provided almost 1340 hours of direct support /consultation to schools in the East Bay
  • Hosted 5 Trainings (A Starting Point, Aspire, two Parent to Parent series, and a professional development workshop) with almost 225 participants
  • Partnered with RICART to provide assessments at the Center and collect data to help researchers find answers for individuals with an ASD and their caregivers. 1,150 RI families have participated so far.
  • Hosted a Celebrity Pups & Pops Event for East Bay families at Frerichs Farm. Families were given the opportunity to meet and play with celebrity dogs and meet some local service dog heroes.
  • Reached-out and networked with other East Bay organizations through ThriveByFive and the HEZ Project. Also involving other local Rotary organizations.
  • Hosted a “Thank You” event for our Founding Sponsors at the Anthony Quinn estate thanks to the generosity and support of Kathy Quinn

East Bay Center In The News!

Bristol Phoenix Article on the Opening of the Autism Project - East Bay Center

Providence Journal Article on the Autism Project - East Bay Center

New England Diary on The Autism Project, Bristol Rotary, and the East Bay Center Opening

~ In partnership with EastBay Rotary Clubs ~


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