When the Flutie’s son was first diagnosed with autism, the family immediately sought help. Services were expensive, hard to navigate and it was an often lonely and frustrating time. Their personal experience motivated them to start the Foundation so families facing the same challenges would have a place to turn for the support they needed. These are some the ways we can help you and your family live life to the fullest today:
1. Sifting Through the Services: We work with hundreds of autism organizations and experts throughout the region to support families. It can be a complicated job understanding the services available to you, and we’re here to help. Whether you are looking for camps and classes for your loved ones or need suggestions on services you’ll need for a newly diagnosed family member, we encourage you to contact us so we can help guide you in the right direction.
2. Responding with Action! You’re not on this journey alone, and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism listens to the needs of families and responds with action! We developed the Allison Keller Education Technology Initiative with schools in response to the technological gap in classrooms for kids on the spectrum. We are launching the Flutie Spectrum Enterprises to help adult family members on the spectrum find employment opportunities. And we partner with organizations like Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) to advocate for families’ needs across our state.
3. Providing Financial Support: We know that raising a family member affected by autism can be a financial strain. That’s why the Foundation supports families through financial scholarships that provide access to vital services. Families can apply for the Joey’s Fund scholarships, which served 30 families this past year with support ranging from $500 to $3,000. The Foundation also provides family scholarships through 40 organizations across New England.
4. Create Community. Supporting a loved one with autism can be a stressful experience and the Foundation is here to help you and encourage you every step of the way. Through community events, active groups like Dougie’s Team and education programs, families supporting loved ones with autism can do so with the best local resources available. Like our Facebook page to stay connected and informed about what is going on at the Flutie Foundation and beyond.