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Help support families caring for loved ones with autism. 

Autism Alliance's Autism Welcoming initiative is teaching businesses how to accommodate individuals and families with special needs. In John Laidler's article in The Boston Globe, we learn, "The Alliance’s codirectors, Allison Daigle and Pamela McKillop, said they created the initiative to help relieve the stress families face visiting a public place with an autistic child." The article profiles a family that has benefited from Autism Welcoming businesses and describes some of the locations that have received training.

"While its service region is the broad MetroWest, the Alliance is offering training statewide. To date, 33 places have been certified, including recently the seafood plant Ipswich Shellfish Co. and the Dave & Buster’s restaurant in the Natick Mall. Others range from Apex Entertainment in Marlborough to the Trustees of Reservations’ Weir River Farm in Hingham; Milford Regional Medical Center’s emergency department; and the Topsfield Fair."

To learn more about the Autism Alliance and the Autism Welcoming initiative, check out the Globe article or the Autism Alliance website.