Contact: Nick Savarese

Executive Director

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.

Phone: 508-270-8855, ext: 302


Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism Awards $320,000 in Grants, Providing Vital Support In Autism Community


Framingham, MA (December 2018) --- The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism has just wrapped up another Signature Grant cycle and will be providing essential support to a number of organizations in the area that deliver critical programs for those on the autism spectrum. In this cycle alone, over $320,000 will be awarded to organizations that help individuals with autism get access to services, lead more active healthy lifestyles and grow toward adult independence.

In all, 36 worthy organizations from New England to Florida will receive vital funding for a wide range of programs and services. Those include social inclusion programs, sporting and exercise initiatives, job coaching and vocational, sensory-friendly programs as well as family support. In total, over half a million dollars in grants have been awarded to schools, organizations and service partners in the autism community in 2018 from the Flutie Foundation.  

“The Signature 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 that help people on the autism spectrum get healthy, increase necessary services and provide assistance in a transition to adult life are the needs we are addressing in this grant cycle."


Highlights of programs supported by the Flutie Foundation this cycle include:


Cardinal Cushing Centers (Cushing Community Transit Project): A $10,000 grant will support the growing need of transportation for students in transition ages. The Cushing Community Transit will be a new travel training program offered to students and adults of Cardinal Cushing Centers. The goal is to provide access to the community as independently as possible. The plan is to launch an Uber-like service, where students or adults they support would contact a staff person, who may or may not work in their program, to provide them with a ride to their place of employment, an after-school activity, or the local shopping mall.

Autism Sprinter. Autism Sprinter will receive a $5,000 grant, which marks one of their first grants from any philanthropic foundation. Autism Sprinter, based in Boston is a three-year old nonprofit organization that supports resource-challenged, urban parents to ensure that their children on the autism spectrum receive fair and equitable access to resources, health care, education and accommodations. They serve individuals in Randolph, Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.

You’re With Us! You’re With Us! creates inclusion opportunities for young adults with disabilities. The program identifies and trains college clubs, groups, and teams to welcome individuals with disabilities into their groups as they are. The organization will receive a $9,000 Grant and will work to expand their Social Inclusion Program to help 42 young adults with autism access four-year college group activities, develop social skills, and increase their peer interaction.


About the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism:

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism (DFJFA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation helping families affected by autism live life to the fullest. Through programs and partnerships, DFJF helps people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence. NFL Quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife Laurie, whose personal experience raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired their passion to help other families, established the Foundation in 1998. DFJFA primarily serves families throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and Central Florida and. For more information on The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, visit and find us on Facebook at and on Twitter at