Thank you winter for going easy on us! It was short and sweet and full of fun activities for our Flutie Foundation families. We know it’s hard to get out and about when the temperature drops, so this year we identified several ways to help our families affected by autism get out, stay active and live life to the fullest.
- Through the Flutie Family Ski Weekends, several families participated in the Waterville Valley’s Adaptive Snow Sports Program. This unique program offers specially designed adaptive ski and snowboard equipment, and one-on-one instruction so more families on the spectrum can enjoy the slopes.
- More than 50 children and teens with autism and their families came together for bowling and pizza in Foxboro, MA for a Flutie Foundation Family Fun Day. Families were able to connect with others in the autism community and enjoy the sport as a family. The event also served as the first employee outing for the staff of The Flutie Spectrum Enterprises, which provides meaningful employment for young adults on the autism spectrum.
- This year we funded the Worcester’s Greendale YMCA’s ‘Exercise for All’ program (Ex4All), which provides specialized training to people with special needs. Participants receive the mental, physical, emotional and social benefits of exercise, under the watchful eye of experienced trainers. Family classes are held every Saturday at noon and include gym time and aquatic therapy. You do not need to be a member to participate and financial assistance is available through the Y Access Pricing Program. For more information on Ex4All, contact Karin Anderson at (508) 852-6694or firstname.lastname@example.org.