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24 Ed Perry services running. The Center is there to support all ages, from 2 to 102. With the steep rise in autism that began in the 1990s, many kids with ASD are becoming adults who need housing and employment opportunities. "Right now, parents are trying to get their kids situated in an adult world that doesn't exist," says Birmingham. Programs like the Autism Resource Center are critical in order to help families navigate this unchartered territory. In addition to networking, education and referrals, Birmingham and Wilcox provide something even more valuable: understanding. Sometimes people simply call and say, "I need a friend" — something the Center encourages. "Call us," says Wilcox. "Just call." For more information on the programs, including The Autism Resource Center, or to make a donation to The Arc of the South Shore, visit or call 781.335.3023.

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