December  2018
 

It has been so much fun to celebrate our milestone  25th Anniversary  with all of you! In November, we gave away discounted family portraits to four lucky families.  In December, our final giveaway will be to one of Advocates' residential homes that serves individuals with autism, for a holiday-themed music therapy event. Thank you to Roman Music Therapy for partnering with us for this special event. 
 
Be sure to check out all the programs, events and support groups below. As always, feel free to call or email with any questions. Please note that our office will be closed the week of December 24th. We will re-open on January 2nd. We will be running offsite programs during this time, but will not hold office hours. 

We wish you and yours a sensory-friendly, stress-free holiday season full of memories!
 
Your Co-Directors,
Our Annual Appeal

We welcomed 155 new families to The Autism Alliance this year. Your donations allow us to better serve families living with autism in Massachusetts. Please consider a gift today. Happy Holidays!

Upcoming Events
Winter Swim Sessions

This eight-week program is geared to children with autism, specifically, and is designed to assist your child at his/her rate of progress and comfort level.  Cost is $160 per child for the full program.
 
Registration Information


December Vacation Activities

Sponsored by The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. 

December 27th: Sensory-friendly Movie at West Newton Cinema

December 28th: Plaster Fun Time, Framingham (new location) 

Programs tend to fill up quickly, so please register today!


Winter Digital Music Technology

A six-week, teen social club, for ages 10-15, who have completed the eligibility process through The Department of Developmental Services. The group takes place on Thursday evenings, starting in January. 
 

Sibshop Event

Friday, December 8th, from 1:00 - 4:00pm, in Ashland. Animal Adventures will be bringing exotic animals for us to experience! Our Sibshop is for brothers and sisters (age 7-12) of children with autism. 
 
Sunday Open Gym

Come spend some quality, family time, while promoting community skills development in a therapeutic environment. This program takes place every Sunday, in Natick, from December 9, 2018 through March 31, 2019. 
 


Fun, Friends & Family: ZUMBA,  Ages 16+

Saturday, December 15th from 12:30 - 2:30pm in Framingham.  Come enjoy an hour-long Zumba class with your friends at Advocates! 
 


A Full Life Ahead: Supported Decision Making

Thursday, December 13th, from 6:30 - 8:30pm, in Framingham. 
Supported Decision Making is an alternative to guardianship that allows an individual with a disability to work with a team and make choices about his or her life. 


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 Tuesday, December 11th. 

 

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Family Support Clinics

By appointment, addressing any issues or needs that your family may have relating to supporting a loved one with autism.
 
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Support Groups
Just For Dads Thursday, 12/6/18 (Natick)
Parent Support Group - Wednesday, 12/12/18 (Framingham)
Portuguese Speaking Parent Support Group - Monday, 12/17/18 (Framingham)
Quick Resources

Boston Children's Museum Winter Programs

Discovery Museum, "Especially For Me" Free Event, Dec. 4th

AMC Sensory-Friendly Films

DDS Eligibility Application for Birth through Age 4 

DDS Eligibility Application for Ages 5 and older

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