Advocacy & Family Support

Advocacy + Family Support Services

Berkshire County Arc’s Advocacy and Family Support services are designed to support children and adults living in the community with their families.

Self-Advocacy Groups


Central and South County

Berkshire County Arc supports two
Self-Advocate groups. They meet monthly,
host special events and discuss issues
of concern to them, i.e. accessibility,
safety, human rights and diversity.

Central and Southern Berkshire County Family Support Center

Funded by the Department of Developmental Services

Parent & Family Mentoring

Parent networking and mentoring,
facilitated support groups and
parent-directed events and activities.


Information and Referral

Assistance to families in identifying
resources and service options in the
local community and providing guidance
on how to navigate the service system.


Respite Services

Respite House Respite House-Halloween

“Our son loves going to Respite House. Respite House has been a lifesaver for our family. It gives us a much-needed break from the routine care for our son.”

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Individualized Supports

Respite services are funded by the Department of Developmental Services and donations.

Family Trainings

Educational events and trainings on relevant topics of interest across the lifespan for families.

Social and Recreational Events

Spring Break Camp and other recreational events for families throughout the year.


Service Navigation

Support for families who require intensive temporary or ongoing assistance to address specific areas of need.

Resource Library

A growing library of resources on a range of relevant topics to meet families’ needs.

Educational Advocacy

Training and consultation with trained family advocates to help parents become stronger advocates for their child.

Family Support Groups:

  • Autism Family Group
  • Down Syndrome Family Group
  • South County Family Group

For more information about any of these services, contact:

Maryann Hyatt, Chief Operating Officer at 413-499-4241, ext. 227 or

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