All upcoming MGH Aspire special events are listed below. This page is updated regularly so please check back often for future events. To see MGH Aspire in the news, or read about us in notable publications, scroll down to our "In The News" section.

Special Events

Saturday, March 6
Motivating Young Adults to Take the Next Step: A Job Readiness Workshop for Parents
Time: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Cost: $50 
Requirements: Open to new, current and past participants, ages 18+
Location: Virtual
This workshop is intended for parents of young adults on the spectrum who are interested in motivating their kids to explore work options. Our discussion will focus on defining success and identifying barriers in order to make progress toward employment goals. Parents will gain better understanding of their role during this stage of life and build strategies to encourage motivation.

Saturday, March 20
Job Searching for the Nueordiverse
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $100 
Requirements: Open to new, current and past participants, ages 18+
Location: Virtual
In this workshop, participants will learn about their unique strengths and challenges through structured activities guided by MGH Aspire staff. Participants will learn how to use their knowledge of themselves to find jobs that match their skills and abilities. This workshop will also feature an overview of online job searching tools.

Tuesday, April 20 - Friday, April 23
School Vacation Camp
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $225 (per person, per week)
Requirements: Open to new, current and past participants ages 5-13
Location: Hale Reservation, Westwood
Participants will enjoy theme-based vacation days filled with structured activities at Hale Reservation in Westwood. Daily schedules include games, arts & crafts, movement activities and down-time options. Siblings and friends are invited to register. All participants must register for the entire week. *Discount is available for siblings.

Saturday, May 8

Hiking 
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Cost: $35
Requirements: Open to New, current and past participants ages 14-18
Location:  Hale Reservation, Westwood
Enjoy the beauty of nature by joining us on a hike at Hale Reservation. Participants will share the outdoors together in a safe way and connect with their peers.

Saturday, May 8
Painting 
Time: 10:30am - 1:00pm 
Cost: $35
Requirements: Open to New, current and past participants ages 14+
Location:  Hale Reservation, Westwood
Join us at Hale Reservation for a Paint Party! Participants will each have their own space with individual, watercolor materials to paint a picture of the beautiful Hale Reservation scenery. This event is ideal for both aspiring artists or newcomers who are looking to try something new and eager to spend time outdoors with friends.

Saturday, May 8
Hiking 
Time: 12:30pm - 2:00 pm
Cost: $35
Requirements: Open to New, current and past participants ages 16+
Location:  Hale Reservation, Westwood
Enjoy the beauty of nature by joining us on a hike at Hale Reservation. Participants will share the outdoors together in a safe way and connect with their peers.

Saturday, May 11
Networking Event
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free to participants
Requirements: Open to new, current and past participants, ages 18+
Location: Virtual
This networking event is open to alumni of the internship program. Join the MGH Aspire Works team, together with a selection of our employer partners, to practice your professional relationship building skills.

Saturday, May 22
Hiking 
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am 
Cost: $35
Requirements: Open to New, current and past participants ages 14-18
Location:  Hale Reservation, Westwood
Enjoy the beauty of nature by joining us on a hike at Hale Reservation. Participants will share the outdoors together in a safe way and connect with their peers.

Saturday, May 22
Painting 
Time: 10:30am - 1:00pm 
Cost: $35
Requirements: Open to New, current and past participants ages 14+
Location:  Hale Reservation, Westwood
Join us at Hale Reservation for a Paint Party! Participants will each have their own space with individual, watercolor materials to paint a picture of the beautiful Hale Reservation scenery. This event is ideal for both aspiring artists or newcomers who are looking to try something new and eager to spend time outdoors with friends.

Saturday, May 22
Hiking 
Time: 12:30pm - 2:00 pm
Cost: $35
Requirements: Open to New, current and past participants ages 16+
Location:  Hale Reservation, Westwood
Enjoy the beauty of nature by joining us on a hike at Hale Reservation. Participants will share the outdoors together in a safe way and connect with their peers.

In The News

20th Anniversary Aspire Gala 2020: Virtual Summer Programming
During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, while many other summer camps had to close, MGH Aspire was able to stay flexible, creative and adapt to a new virtual platform in order to deliver support and programming to our participants. A few of our participants and families discuss their experiences with MGH Aspire.



Aspire 2019 Gala: "People Matter. Moments Matter"
Here's to the people in our lives who make a difference: best friends, teachers, siblings, parents, employers, mentors. These are the Moments that Matter.


Aspire 2018 Spring Gala: "Light Up"
It was a privilege to be able to share the perspectives of some of our participants here at Aspire. Their answers to "Five Questions about Autism" will enlighten you.

Read more about the 2018 gala:


Aspire 2017 Spring Gala: "Dear Aspire"
"You taught me to be myself" and "You've given me a voice" are just a few of the words from former MGH Aspire participants that were shared at our 2017 Gala.
Read more about the 2017 gala:


Aspire Internship Program
Watch Internship program manager Leslie O'Brien on "4 Your Community" on WBZ talking about the Aspire Internship Program with intern Jake Peters.


Publications