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Application Deadlines

Summer 2023:  Applications received after May 1st will incur a $50 late processing fee. Aspire Works Internship Program applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The Internship Program has limited internship placements remaining for summer.  
Please note, our *NEW* summer application process is online. 

Child Schedule

Summer 2023 Child Schedule (pdf)

Spring 2023 Child Schedule (pdf)

Fall 2022 Child Schedule (pdf)

Teen Schedule

Summer 2023 Teen Schedule (pdf)

Spring 2023 Teen Schedule (pdf)

Fall 2022 Teen Schedule (pdf)

Adult Schedule

Summer 2023 Adult Schedule (pdf)
Aspire Works Internship Program applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The Internship Program has limited internship placements remaining for summer.

Spring 2023 Adult Schedule (pdf)

Fall 2022 Adult Schedule (pdf)

Parent Schedule

Parent programs are designed for parents and caregivers of individuals with ASD (an Asperger profile) or a related social profile. Parent participants do not need to have a child currently registered in an Aspire program. 

Summer 2023 Parent Schedule (pdf)

Spring 2023 Parent Schedule (pdf)

Fall 2022 Parent Schedule (pdf)

How to Apply

Summer 2023 Applicants: Both new and returning applicants may submit their application online.

Summer Application forms can also be filled out and submitted electronically using a desktop or laptop computer. All PDF forms must be viewed and submitted using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you are having trouble submitting the PDF files, please download Acrobat Reader here.  Summer 2023 Application forms can be downloaded at the links below.

     Summer 2023 General Application - for adults, parents, returners and special events (pdf)
     Summer 2023 General Application - for NEW program participants under 18 (pdf)

To submit your application via mail:

Sign and date all forms and submit with a $75 application fee (new applicants only) by the application deadline to:

     1 Maguire Road
     Lexington, MA 02421

What to expect during the Aspire application process:

After the completed application materials are received, potential candidates will be scheduled for an interview session to assess if they are an appropriate match for our programs. Aspire’s unique matching process groups participants together based on a myriad of factors. These may include learning and cognitive profile, shared passions, level of therapeutic support needed, personality, and personal goals. By placing participants in a well-matched peer cohort or internship placement, our experienced staff can help participants to feel a sense of belonging, boost their self-esteem and social confidence, and cultivate a safe space where learning, growing, and skill-development can occur. During the applicants’ interview session, we may request to meet separately with parents to provide more information about our programs and learn about your goals for your child at Aspire.

Aspire intake interview sessions only take place in our Lexington office.

Attendance Policy

The success of the group and of each participant is dependent upon all members attending as many sessions as possible. We expect that participants will make a commitment to the group. In case of an unavoidable absence, please let your group leader know with as much notice as possible. No refunds are given due to absences unless related to extensive medical conditions.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, participants/families will be notified via email if the group/session needs to be cancelled or rescheduled. Participants/families may also call the Aspire office at 781-860-1900.

How to Pay

Application Fee

If this is the first time you are submitting an application to an Aspire program, or if you have not participated in a program within a school year, a $75 non-refundable application fee may be required. Please refer to the following chart for details.

When is a $75 non-refundable application fee required?

Type of Application

Application Fee required?

New Child, Teen, or Adult Program Applicant

$75 non-refundable fee is required by the assessment interview

Returning Aspire Participant

Not required

Special Event Applicant only

Not required

Parent Programs and Services Applicant only

Not required

Payment Options

To pay by check, please mail to 1 Maguire Road, Lexington, MA 02421. To pay by credit card, please call 781-860-1900. Application fees, program deposits and program tuition are non-refundable. Call or email mghaspire@partners.org with questions.

Payment Due

Payment is due upon receipt of acceptance. Participant’s spot will be held for 2 weeks. Payment in full is required before the start of group. Payment plans are available upon request.

Group Discounts

  • Multi-Group Discount - 10% discount for any single participant taking two or more groups concurrently.
  • Family Discount - 10% discount for two or more siblings, or a participant and parent, participating in Aspire groups concurrently.

Financial Aid Support

We are grateful that generous donors have provided us with funding to support families in substantial financial need.

Submittal of a financial aid application (Financial Aid Application (PDF) does not guarantee support. Financial aid support is awarded based on multiple criteria including family income, family assets, size of family, etc. Financial aid support is designed to make school year groups and summer programming available to participants regardless of economic status. Families must have up to date financial aid documentation on file to receive support.

For Financial Aid Applicants over the age of 18 - If the applicant lives with a parent/legal guardian, we require that both the participant and the parents/legal guardians provide financial documentation; otherwise, the financial aid application will be considered incomplete. If the applicant does not live with a parent/guardian, Aspire staff will need to understand the nature of the financial relationship of the parent and child. Please specify any financial or material support (e.g., below-market rent, groceries, utilities payments, tuition support, monthly cash support) that the applicant receives from family or others under the “additional consideration” section.

For Financial Aid Applicants who are Returning Participants - A new financial aid application must be submitted each year. We may require updated tax information after April 15th to make a final determination for financial aid requests if you are applying for one of our summer programs.


Please be aware that Aspire offers multidisciplinary interventions and methods that do not fit standard medical procedure codes; therefore, our services are not reimbursable by medical insurers.

District Pay

If your child requires Aspire programming either to make progress during the school year, or to maintain progress made during the school year over the summer, AND your school system does not have a program that adequately addresses that need, you may be entitled to district funding. Please contact your school administrator to see if your situation would qualify. If your school district is funding your child, please provide an official communication (email from school or on school letterhead) stating their intent to pay. School districts do not receive financial aid.