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Application Deadline

All programs are accepting fall applications on a rolling basis. Participants may be allowed to join groups already in progress. Spaces are limited  Please scroll down for individual program schedules. 

Child Schedule

Fall 2020 In-Person and Virtual Programs (PDF)
Programming runs August - December
School Reopening Note: If a Group time conflicts with your child’s required school schedule, please add that note to your fall application. Pending final school decisions, MGH Aspire may be able to accommodate scheduling conflicts based on our participants' needs.

Teen and Adult Schedule

Fall 2020 Virtual Programs (PDF)
Programming runs September - December
School Reopening Note: If a Group time conflicts with your child’s required school schedule, please add that note to your fall application. Pending final school decisions, MGH Aspire may be able to accommodate scheduling conflicts based on our participants' needs.

MGH Aspire Works Schedule

Fall 2020 MGH Aspire Works Programs (PDF)
Programming runs September - December
Scheduling Note: If a Program time conflicts with your college/university fall schedule, please add that note to your fall application. Pending final college/university decisions, MGH Aspire may be able to accommodate scheduling conflicts based on our participants' needs.

Parent Schedule

MGH Aspire is excited to offer NEW virtual programming for parents and caregivers this fall. Parent Programs are open to parents and caregivers of individuals with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related social profile. Parent participants do not need to have a child currently registered in an MGH Aspire program. To register for a Parent Program or individualized Parent Coaching sessions, please submit a Parent Programs application.

Fall 2020 Parent Programs 
(PDF)
Programming runs September - December

How to Apply

Please refer to the following 3-step process below to complete your Application today.

New Participants must submit the following forms to complete their Application:

Program Interest Sheet
Application Form (General Application or Special Event)

New MGH Aspire Works Participants must submit the following forms to complete their Application:

Program Interest Sheet
Aspire Works Services Application, or
Aspire Works Internship Application (for internship participants only)

Returning Participants must submit the following forms to complete their Application:

Program Interest Sheet
Returning Participant Application

Step 1: Download applicable forms here:
Application forms can now 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.

Program Interest Sheet - Fall 2020 (PDF)
Returning Participant Application (PDF)
General Application - age 17 and under (PDF)
General Application - age 18 and up (PDF)
Aspire Works Internship Application (PDF)
Aspire Works Services Application (PDF)
Aspire Works Supplemental Info (PDF)
Special Event Application (PDF)
Parent Programs Application (PDF)
Financial Aid Application (PDF)
Release of Information (PDF)

Step 2. Include new information or documentation:

Provide relevant recent information, such as a neuropsychological report, IEP or other evaluations; an updated resume (for the internship program); or any supporting financial documentation for financial aid applications if MGH Aspire does not already have it on file.

Step 3. Submit application forms:

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

MGH Aspire
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA 02421

Phone: 781-860-1900  Fax: 781-860-1920
mghaspire@partners.org


What to expect during the MGH Aspire application process:

Our MGH Aspire "3S" model focuses on teaching skills within a group of well-matched peers in an environment that is conducive to learning and developing socially. 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. The factors we consider in developing our peer groups are age, interests, communication style, and level of self-awareness. 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 MGH Aspire.

MGH 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 by noon whether the group/session will be held on that day. Participants/families may also call the MGH Aspire office at 781-860-1900 after 12pm.

How to Pay

Application Fee

If this is the first time that you are submitting an application to an MGH Aspire program, or if you have not participated in a program within a school year, a $75 application fee is 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.
  • Sibling Discount - 10% discount for two or more siblings participating in MGH 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 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.

Applicants Over 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, MGH 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.

Returning Applicants

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.

Insurance

Please be aware that MGH 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 MGH 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.