The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism Announced its 2014 Grant Recipients at the First Annual Flutie Foundation Partner Summit

December 19, 2014

Event boasted impressive speakers, large attendance and lively grant recipients


Framingham, Mass. (December 19, 2014)The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism held the First Annual Flutie Foundation Partner Summit  announcing their 2014 grant recipients. The early morning summit took place Friday, December 19th at The VERVE- Crown Plaza Hotel in Natick, Massachusetts. Overall, the Foundation distributed over $400,000 to non-profit organizations in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, California, Florida and Canada.


The Flutie Foundation Partner Summit celebrates the advancements made in autism each year by awarding an assortment of non-profits that aid with major developments in the space. The awarded non-profits have carved out a place for themselves by promoting adult independence, addressing the needs of families, and encouraging active lifestyles for those living with autism. 


"We are so grateful to all the grant applicants and to those who attended the event,” said Lisa Borges, Executive Director of the The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. " We are thrilled to have had our partners, grant recipients, parents and friends in one room this year. As we plan for next year’s summit, we continue to be grateful to all the organizations and their valiant efforts within autism."


Emcee, WBZ-TV anchor Paula Ebben, announced the list of grant recipients that fell under the following categories: access to services, active lifestyle, or adult independence.


The keynote speakers and authors of the book, Unintentional Humor, Linda and Brent Anderson, inspired the audience with their heartwarming, personal journey as a mother and son finding humor in their lives with autism. .


The three organizations that spoke during the summit were among the grant recipients and included:, Spectrum Designs, Scituate CORSE Foundation, and the Autism Insurance Resource Center (AIRC). Each organization described the differences they were able to make when awarded a grant from The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.


Each month, The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism highlights one of these organizations on its website and is featured as a "Mission Moment of the Month." To read more about the Flutie Foundation Partner Summit and to learn more about the grant recipients, please visit



About The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism:


The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. was established in 1998 by Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their 23 year old son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Autism is a neurological disorder that impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.  Autism now affects one in 68 children in the United States, and the numbers diagnosed continue to dramatically climb. 


The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest. Through their programs and partnerships, the Foundation helps people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence. For more information about The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism please visit


For more information on The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, please contact Alecia Detka at Ebben Zall Group at (781) 449-3244, or visit