April  2019

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance month! 
We hope to see everyone at our 19th Annual Sensory-friendly Kite Day, on Saturday, April 27th, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at Bose Corporation in Framingham. This is a private event for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and others who may benefit from a sensory-friendly environment. No pre-registration is needed. We suggest a $5 donation per car upon entry at the event. There will be trackless train rides, bubbles, trampoline/rebounders, music therapists, police and fire vehicles to explore - and, of course, kite flying! This year, we are pleased to welcome Wegmans Natick as a title sponsor and community partner. They will be onsite, serving complimentary pinwheel sandwiches, goodies and beverages to attendees. Ben & Jerry's will also be on site selling ice cream.

And save the date for our Sunset at Southwick Zoo event on Friday, June 7th. This will be our 5th year hosting this private event at the zoo. Tickets are discounted and the registration link is now open. 

As always, feel free to call or email with any questions. 
Your Co-Directors,
With Heartfelt Sympathy
We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Nannette Ohman, former Executive Director of The Autism Alliance, on the passing of her father, Earl Berthiaume. Thank you to the Berthiaume and Ohman families for designating The Autism Alliance as your charity of choice in this time of grief.   
Upcoming Events
Sensory-friendly Kite Day

Saturday, April 27th, from 11:00am - 2:00pm, atop Bose Mountain in Framingham. This is a private event for families and individuals who could benefit from a sensory-friendly experience. Volunteers from Wegmans will be providing food and Ben & Jerry's will be onsite selling ice cream. Come join us for one of our favorite days of the year. No pre-registration necessary.

April School Vacation Programs
Thanks to the generosity of The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, these events are free to registered families.
April 16th,  Chuck E Cheese

April 17th,  Disney Trivia Bingo

April 18th,  Brush & Easel

** Space is limited and you must register, via the links above, in order to attend. 

For Individuals with an Asperger's-type Profile, Ages 18+
We are pleased to introduce new programming, serving individuals with high functioning autism. Learn More.

Support Group -  Our new support group is designed to meet the needs of individuals 18+, with an Autism/Asperger profile.

Book ClubOur new Book Discussion Club is for individuals 18+, with an Asperger's profile, that enjoy reading and would like to meet others in a fun, informal environment.

Additional Community Resources : Thrive , AANE Events AANE Spanish Resources

Sibshop Event

Saturday, June 1st, from 12:00 - 2:30pm. Come join us at SkyZone in Westborough for an afternoon of fun! O ur Sibshop events are for brothers and sisters (age 7-12) of children with autism. 

Sunset at Southwick's Zoo

Friday, June 7th, from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Come join us for our 5th Annual Sunset at Southwick's Zoo event. We have rented out the entire zoo just for our families! Tickets are discounted in the registration link below.

Fun, Friends & Family: ZUMBA!

Saturday, April 13th from 12:30 - 2:00pm in Framingham.  Come participate in an hour-long Zumba class with your friends at Advocates.

Section 8 Housing Application Assistance
Monday, April 8th in Framingham.  The Autism Alliance, in partnership with Cathy Boyle of  Autism Housing Pathways , is pleased to be able to offer 20-minute, Section 8 Application sessions to our families and individuals with ASD. A few morning appointments still available.  Learn More.

A Full Life Ahead: Ask the Expert - Attorney, Annette Hines

April 11th, from 6:30 - 8:30pm, in Framingham. 
Decisions regarding transition can be very difficult to make and the planning requires time and a strong support team. (This event is currently full, but we have a wait list - or you can watch the event via Advocates' Facebook Live link that night). 
On-Going Programs
Phone Consults with Area Expert

Free phone consultations, from the privacy of your home or office, with Pam Kaufmann, former Director of Special Education for The Framingham Public Schools. Pam volunteers her time and expertise to our families, answering IEP-related questions and offering advice. Thirty-minute phone consults will take place during the day on April 9th, May 7th and June 11th. 


Learn More. 


Family Support Clinics

By appointment, addressing any issues or needs that your family may have relating to supporting a loved one with autism.
Support Groups
Just For Dads Thursday, 4/4/19 (Natick)
Parent Support Group - we will feature guest speaker, Andria Entsminger, Educational Advocate, speaking about "Reading Progress Reports 101". Wednesday, 4/10/19 (Framingham)
Portuguese Speaking Parent Support Group - Monday, 4/29/19 (Framingham)
For Individuals With an Asperger Profile, Ages 18+  - ** FIRST GROUP ** Wednesday, May 17th (Framingham)
Quick Resources
Autism Alliance | (508) 652-9900 | AutismAlliance@Advocates.org | www.AutismAlliance.org