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Autism Supports

Unique program for the Central MA area! COMING SOON: Venture Advancement Center – Realizing Possibilities

Services will be based out of our offices located at 1 Picker Road, Sturbridge

For more info contact: Pam Sampson, Chief Program Officer


Program Overview:

The Venture Advancement Center will benefit young adults (18+) in the central Massachusetts community who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  This transitional program will focus on assisting with the training, education and social skills required to find meaningful employment. In general, engagement in meaningful work provides a host of benefits in addition to compensation and self-sufficiency.  Most people, regardless of ability, will derive a sense of purpose from their work. 


The Support Program will consist of eight components:

  1. Assessment – program staff (Registered Behavior Technicians) will meet with individuals to complete a job interest inventory and a skills assessment and help identify employment or educational options.
  2. Clinical Support – Venture will offer rigorous, ongoing work-related social skills training administered by a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has extensive experience working with people with ASD.  Clinical staff will complete assessments related to the individual’s goals and potential obstacles and an individualized treatment plan will be developed.  Treatment goals are individual-specific but could include managing emotions, coping skills, receiving feedback, engaging in cooperative task, active listening, understanding rules or procedures, and self-regulation skills.  Sessions will be conducted both individually and in groups. 
  3. Internship Program – an internship model will allow participants to gain real-world experience in safe setting while developing their skills and building their résumé.  Venture will collaborate with its own human resources department, other agencies, and local businesses to provide site-specific internship opportunities. 
  4. Competitive Employment – once individuals have completed the internship track, program staff will work with them to secure permanent employment.  The final stages of employment readiness activities will include resume writing, practice interviews, job searching, application assistance, and other preparation.  Transportation for these activities will be provided as needed. 
  5. Job Coaching – individuals will receive personalized, comprehensive job coaching based on input from their employer and program staff.  These plans will include fading support over time, based on the individual’s work performance.
  6. College Navigation – staff will help individuals manage the college exploration and application process, if applicable.  Staff will also be available to provide ongoing coaching and support during the student’s academic career, connecting them to available resources.  Our partner school is Quinsigamond Community College.
  7. Family Support – Venture will provide support to parents and families while also providing opportunities for them to connect to each other. 
  8. Employer Education – Venture will provide education and training to potential employers and internship sites to explain the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, such as remarkable employee retention rates and tax benefits to the business.  Staff will also assist the employer with any questions they may have about ASD and offer strategies and solutions for any issues that may arise.

We are currently offering Adaptive Yoga and Mindfulness at our Uxbridge location. In person classes start on September 9th with an option for Zoom.


We are happy to be hosting our Sensory-Friendly Trick or Treat event this year on October 28. More Info


Venture Community Outreach Team sponsors free events for kids with autism and other special needs throughout the year like: adaptive yoga, interactive music & drum circle, cooking skills, a spring fling, a sensory-friendly halloween event and more… For more information on these events please contact Paige Mador at 774-922-1135 Below is a calendar of scheduled events:


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Events for October 2021 › Autism Support

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For a full list of all Venture Community Services events, click here.