Advocacy & Family Support Berkshire County Arc

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Contact Information

Berkshire County Arc
Contact: Sonja Stewart, Director of Family Support & Advocacy
Email Address:
Phone: 413-464-7262 xX15
Alternate Phone: 413-499-4241

395 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01202
Area Served: West

Map Location Advocacy & Family Support


The Advocacy Department is primarily responsible to support individuals served by Berkshire County Arc and their families identify areas of need and advocate on behalf of the individual and family in those areas.  The advocacy staff have the very important responsibility of initial contact with individuals and families at their request of services.  Quite often families will utilize the advocacy staff’s expertise for many years beyond the introductory intake of services. 


Advocacy services include: Intake Services; Educational Advocacy; Self Advocacy; Citizen Advocacy; Public Benefit Coordination; Human Rights; Family Advocacy; Respite Services; Information and Referral; Family Support Center serving Central & Southern Berkshire County; Adult Family Care Program; Family Resource Library; Spring & Summer Camps; Recreational activities for teenagers & young adults; Down Syndrome Family Support Group; and Berkshire County Arc Master Special Needs Pooled Trust & Berkshire County Arc Special Needs Family Pooled Trust.


Berkshire County Arc first implemented a therapeutic recreation program for children with autism and other sensory processing disorders in 2006 through a mini-grant from the Department of Developmental Services.  Since that time, Berkshire County Arc has used fundraising and grants from private foundations to continue the program for approximately 20 children between the ages of 5 and 18.  Therapeutic recreation activities based on sensory integration techniques are used to assist children to learn new ways of processing information.  The program consists of one-hour sessions each Saturday morning.


Wheelchair Ramps, Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms, Near Public Transportation, Medical Needs Berkshire County Arc Birth to 3, 3 - 4, 5 - 8, 9 - 13, 14 - 18, 19 – 22, 23 – 59, 60 + Pittsfield Sonja Stewart 413-464-7262 413-499-4241 248 Advocacy & Family Support Adult Foster Care, Advocacy, Case Management, Counseling, Education, Financial Planning, Information/Referral, Legal, Personal Care, Recreation/Arts/Social and Leisure, Respite, Support Groups 6) West After School Programs, Disability Awareness, Family Support, Financial Assistance, Skills Training, Socialization Activities 395 South Street Director of Family Support & Advocacy 01202 Free Service All Disabilities Local Area Director of Family Support & Advocacy ADAMS , AGAWAM, ALFORD, BECKET, BLANDFORD, CHESHIRE, CHESTER, CHICOPEE, CLARKSBURG, DALTON, EAST LONGMEADOW, EGREMONT, FLORIDA, GRANVILLE, GREAT BARRINGTON, HAMPDEN, HANCOCK, HINSDALE, HOLYOKE, HOUSATONIC, INDIAN ORCHARD, LANESBOROUGH, LEE, LENOX, LONGMEADOW, LUDLOW, MONSON, MONTEREY, MONTGOMERY, MOUNT WASHINGTON, NEW ASHFORD ,NEW MARLBOROUGH, NORTH ADAMS, OTIS, PERU, PITTSFIELD, RICHMOND,RUSSELL, SANDISFIELD, SAVOY, SHEFFIELD, SOUTHWICK, SPRINGFIELD, STOCKBRIDGE, TOLLAND, TYRINGHAM ,WARWICK, WASHINGTON, WEST SPRINGFIELD, WEST STOCKBRIDGE, WESTFIELD, WILBRAHAM, WILLIAMSTOWN, WINDSOR

Service Types

  • After School Programs
  • Disability Awareness
  • Family Support
  • Financial Assistance
  • Skills Training
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Adult Foster Care
  • Advocacy
  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Financial Planning
  • Legal
  • Personal Care
  • Respite
  • Support Groups

Populations Served

  • All Disabilities

Ages Served

  • Birth to 3
  • 3 - 4
  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Medical Needs
  • Near Public Transportation
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Accredited By: DDS, CARF
  • Fees: Free Service
  • Licensed By: DDS