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Help support families caring for loved ones with autism. 

Autism Alliance is pleased to announce it has received a $15,000 grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. These funds will allow us to provide critical programs for individuals with autism and their families.

Through this funding, our primary goal is to facilitate specialized sensory-friendly vacation and family events for children, siblings, and family members living with autism. It is our hope that these programs will combat isolation by bringing families together to successfully experience recreation-based community events. Thanks to this grant, we will offer opportunities for 350 individuals with autism to take part in multiple activities along with their family members throughout the year.

“These programs will focus on improving participant success and family confidence through thoughtful accommodations and intentional supports,” said Allison Daigle, executive director of the Autism Alliance. "All our programs include sensory-friendly kits and fidget items, social stories/schedules prior to events, and event modifications. In addition, we also partner with several of our certified autism welcoming businesses to ensure accommodations are made."

“The Flutie Foundation Autism Community Impact Grants help our partner agencies address a variety of significant needs in the autism community,” says Nick Savarese, Executive Director of The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. “Programs like these are helping people on the autism spectrum live life to the fullest and we are proud to support their efforts.”

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, based in Framingham, MA, awards grants annually through a competitive application and review process. This year's Autism Community Impact Grants support traditionally under-served, under-funded, culturally diverse communities and reflect the Foundation's areas of interest; providing a path for educational and vocational skills, supporting recreational and active lifestyles, and ensuring people with autism are safe, supported, and informed.