Hudson’s Helping Hands (HHH) for Autism was founded by a mother and father who felt there was a lack of support on the East End for families like theirs, with a child on the autism spectrum. Since its inception in 2020 they have been dedicated to providing programs, events, and support for families from Montauk to Manorville and beyond.
Each year Hudson’s Helping Hands hosts three large inclusive holiday events thoughtfully designed for every child, both with and without disabilities, to enjoy side by side. They provide an autism family workshop throughout the summer where families can connect, find support, and participate in important discussions led by a variety of professionals in the field. They also prioritize parent-to-parent support, such as guidance and resources, to families in need throughout the year. In addition to the aforementioned, HHH provides seasonal equine therapy services, summer learning programs and activities, monthly virtual parent support groups, virtual extended family and friend informational workshops, and hosts "Gym Day" during the winter months; providing an active, social opportunity for special needs children on the East End.
Every donation given not only helps to provide these already established supports, but also takes Hudson’s Helping Hands for Autism one step closer to creating an HHH Center. A place where families can seek information and referrals, receive related therapy services, take part in informative classes and workshops, bring their children to play groups, etc. Hudson’s Helping Hands for Autism dreams of having an inclusive sensory room, learning corners and rooms for children to participate in therapies and other related services, and a safe outdoor space where children can freely explore and parents can finally sit and not have to worry. A place where families can come and immediately feel like they are not alone.
A space that is so needed on the East End!
As autism parents on the East End, we always felt there was a lack of outreach, information, and community for young families in the first stages of their child's diagnosis. As we, ourselves, continued through the motions and entered into new stages, the need and urgency for these supports continued.
In the summer of 2020, most resources and schools for children on the spectrum chose not to operate due to Covid-19. As summer camps and programs for typical children carried on, we were inspired to develop an integrated summer program for children on the spectrum and their siblings. As a result, Hudson's Helping Hands was founded and continues to grow and transform based on community needs!