August  2018
AUGUST NEWS
 

Happy August! We look forward to seeing many of you at our August School Vacation activities, which are always popular and fill up immediately. A gentle reminder to families that have registered for these programs - if you are no longer able to attend, please contact us, as we have long waiting lists for all three programs. Thank you again to the generosity of The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for sponsoring these sensory-friendly, vacation events.

Our yearlong 25th Anniversary celebration continues!  Last month we gave away a mini golf party package at Putts & More in Holliston. This month, we will be giving away Fall Sensory Swim Sessions and autism awareness beach towels! This free raffle is open through August 13th. We will contact the winner on August 14th.

Please note, our support groups are on hiatus for August, but, support is always available. Please call our office or email anyone on our staff if you need to talk or set up a meeting. We are here for you. All groups will be meeting again in September.
 
Lastly, just a reminder...summer office hours are in effect for our staff as we accommodate vacation plans. We encourage you to set up an appointment before dropping by - we wouldn't want to miss you!

Your Co-Directors,
On-Going Programs
Fall Sensory Swim Sessions

This eight-week program, designed specifically for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, takes place at The Framingham Sheraton Hotel.

 

Contact Allison Daigle with any questions.

Digital Technology Group

This six-week teen social club, for children ages 10-15, is funded through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Come have fun and learn how to use cool music apps to make digital music with your friends. 
 
Learn More.

Glee Club for Ages 21+

Back by popular demand, this six-week program is led by music teacher extraordinaire, Mr. William Lynch. This Fall session will feature Halloween-themed songs!
 
Learn More.


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 Tuesday, September 11th. To register for a time slot, please email Kathy Paquette . 

Family Support Clinics

By appointment, addressing any issues or needs that your family may have relating to supporting a loved one with autism.
 
Learn More.
Upcoming Events
Fun, Friends & Family: Zumba, Ages 16+

Saturday, August 25th from 12:30 - 2:30pm in Framingham. Join your friends at Advocates for a Zumba class, followed by refreshments and time to socialize.
 
 
 
Housing Consulations

Saturday, October 11th. The Autism Alliance, in partnership with Cathy Boyle of Autism Housing Pathways, is pleased to be able to offer 50-minute Housing Consultations to our families and individuals with ASD.
 

 

Support Groups
All of our regularly scheduled support groups will be on hiatus for August. We will resume in September. This includes our Just For Dads Group, Parent Support Group and Portuguese Speaking Parent Support Group. Anyone in need of support is encouraged to call or email our office for one-on-one support. You are not alone.
September Support Groups

Just For Dads - Thursday, 9/6/18

Parent Support Group - Wednesday, 9/12/18.

Guest Speaker, Pam Kaufmann, will discuss the IEP process and answer back-to-school questions.

Portuguese Speaking Parent Support Group - Monday, 9/24/18

Autism Welcoming Community in MetroWest
We're working to create an "Autism Welcoming" community in Framingham and beyond! Our goal is to partner with community businesses in an effort to create a culture of understanding and sensitivity surrounding Autism for families. We're going to help businesses become sensory responsive by educating staff and assisting with simple, but impactful accommodations.  
 
In addition, we're creating a Caregiver Corps to address the respite needs of families. The Caregiver Corps will partner with families to develop an ongoing respite-relationship - either on and individual basis or through group respite.
 
Stay tuned for updates on new businesses and respite opportunities! Advocates has received a grant from The Becker Family Trust to partner with businesses and create the Caregiver Corps. Learn more.
Quick Resources
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