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Weekly Update 


  I'm back from my staycation. It was good to spend a week with my two guys and relax, well, as much as possible I relaxed. I am putting the finishing touches on the newsletter, some exciting initiatives are in the works but details have not been finalized.  We a bit crazed getting ready for our Golf Tournament on August 18th. So I put the newsletter on the back burner, I should have it for you next week !  

Still part of Summer left, a couple of weeks ago I shared  a local resource  that might be a fun activity for kids aged 13 and up.   Central Rock Gym offers an adaptive climbing event  each month . CRG Adaptive Climbing events are being held the first Sunday of each month from 10am - 12pm. ( although the 1st session is August 13th!) Check it out here.

Friday Fun this week is  Fun in the Sun at Dunn Park in Gardner. I had a chance to visit Dunn Park with my son on my week of vacation for the first time and was favorably impressed. What a lovely place - If you have never gone it's worth the trip! If I didn't have a meeting scheduled for Friday morning I'd play hookey and join you there! 
Register at our 
I told you a few weeks ago that this summer we are fortunate to have some charity numbers for the New Balance  Falmouth Road Race again, and we've some amazing people ru nning to raise money for our Center. Scroll down to read about one more of our runners, Amanda Pitt. Amanda works at HMEA as the VP of Residential and Family Services. We are so fortunate that HMEA supports ur efforts for all of you! 

Just a reminder that Nominations for our Guiding Stars Awards at our 20th year Gala will close this month, if it's on your to-do list now's the time to get this done & in the mail! ( see below) Save the date October 20th and join us for this celebration of our village. I challenge you all to join the 20 for 20 Challenge! What is this? Check it out here! I have begun my page and seeking donations! 

Also Registration for Family Fun Days at Camp closes this Friday! This week long program has been a great way for families over the years to connect, form friendships and create bonds that sustain them through the entire year. The Kids? They just have fun!  Cid went out this year and became certified as an Archery Instructor so we'll be able to have archery every day, and we've some programs that Camp Marshall will be providing that should prove entertaining. A Horse Show on Sunday, ( so those of you who work will have a chance to join in the fun!) Small Animal program, stick ponies and Pumpernickle Puppets will be with us as well, not to be missed! I always joke that this is the "Burger King" of camps, you can have it your way. Come one day, every day, part of a day but come and join in the fun and create memories for your kids. They only get 1 childhood, it should have some fun ! Click here to register. 

Hope to see you soon ! 

2017 Guiding Stars Awards 

This year, we celebrate HMEA's Autism Resource Central working with families in central Massachusetts for 20 years. Over the years we have grown in the numbers of families served. The goal of the Center is to promote the well being of people with autism at home, at school, and in the community. Many people/groups have helped us in this journey and we would like to thank them for making a difference in our lives.

Make your nomination by August 25th, 2017 and winners will be honored during our celebration gala on
October 20, 2017, at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, Boylston, MA.

We invite you to join us that day as we recognize the winners and celebrate the contributions made in the autism community over the last 20 years. Tickets to the event are $75.00. More details on how to register will be announced.

Nomination Criteria

Is there someone who has made a significant contribution to the success of your family member on the spectrum in any of these areas. Nominate someone in any of the categories below:

* Educators (Early Intervention through College)

* Service Providers (e.g. ABA, OT, Speech, Social Skills, Direct Service Provider Adult & Children)

* Advocacy (Legislators, Self Advocate, Advocacy groups)

* Community Leader (Parent, religious leaders/groups)

* Adult Services

Nominator Information

Guiding Star Awards

Nomination Form

Your Name & Address: _______________________________________

Phone Number: _____________________________________________

Nominee Information

Name: ________________________________________________



Phone Number: _________________________________________

Profession: _____________________________________________

Choose a Category

  • Educator
  • Service Provider 
  • Advocacy 
  • Community Leader 
  • Adult Services

Tell us in 150 words or less why you feel this person deserves recognition, attach to this form and mail to:

HMEA's Autism Resource Central 71 Sterling Street, West Boylston, MA 01583 before August 25, 2017


Want to play for free?  Individuals who raise $500 in pledges or more by Friday, August 11th at midnight and your entry fee will be refunded.  Refunds will be available on Friday, August 18th between 8 AM and 8:45 AM.

My Name is Amanda Pitts and I am the VP of Residential and Family Supports at HMEA.
  I have worked in behavioral health for the last 15 years and value the importance of having resources to assist families navigate through most times in their experience unchartered waters.  The Autism Resource Center offers families information and referrals, education, and family supports and networking.  These services are critical to support our children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.    I am running this race to raise awareness for Autism and to support HMEA's Autism Resource Central!

If you'd like to support any of our runners to support them as they run to support you, visit our New Balance Falmouth Road Race  Fundraising page  at https://www.firstgiving.com/arccm/NBFRR


This event is FULL but we do have a wait list.  Please call 508-298-1610 or email cdeleo@hmea.org to be put on the wait list





August 11, 2017
Swimming, hiking and picnic
DCR Dunn Park
289 Pearl St Gardner, MA  10:30a

August 18, 2017 - CLOSED

August 20 - 24th

August 25, 2017 - CLOSED

We have suspended walking for the summer
 due to vacations and other activities.  
 We will resume in September. 
 If you wish to walk please do.  
You might even meet one of our families walking at
 Quinsigamond State Park Worcester 
Coolidge Park in Fitchburg
 on Monday nights from 6-7 pm.


As part of our mission we try to keep you informed of relevant meetings, hearings, recreational opportunities in our community.

Check out the Bulletin Board this week for information about upcoming activities in the community.    

The Bulletin Board is a place to have events that would be of interest to the families of HMEA's Autism Resource Central posted. Sped PAC meetings with speakers, recreational opportunities, classes and more. 

To have an event considered for posting please send information to  Sloring@hmea.org .


Sue Loring -Director 
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
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