January  2019
 

Happy New Year! We are thrilled to begin our 26th year of service with all of you. 
 
We were once again humbled by the generosity of so many of our families and community supporters throughout our Annual Appeal campaign. Thank you. And to all of those who raised money for The Alliance through Facebook Fundraisers -- either for their birthdays or for #GivingTuesday -- THANK YOU!

We hope that you will take part in the programs, events and support groups outlined below. We have designed them with your family's needs in mind. As always, feel free to call or email with any questions. Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy and happy 2019.  
 
Your Co-Directors,
Thank you Spectrum for Hope!


We were so grateful to be a recipient of funding from The Spectrum for Hope. Funds will be used for respite programming for families raising more than one child diagnosed with a disability.  

Thank you, Spectrum for Hope, for supporting our families in such an important and meaningful way.
 
Upcoming Events
Sensory-friendly Swim Hour at Longfellow Sports Club in Natick

Saturday, January 19th, from 5:30-6:30pm. Longfellow Sports Club in Natick is partnering with The Autism Alliance to host a sensory-friendly swim hour for children, through age 10. 
 


February School Vacation Activities

Sponsored by The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. 

February 18th: Movie at West Newton Cinema
February 19th: Music Activity in Framingham
February 20th: Energy Fitness and Gymnastics
 
Programs tend to fill up quickly, so please register today!


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. 
 

Sibshop Event

Saturday, March 23rd, from 1:00 - 4:00pm, in Ashland. Wise Guys Trivia will be on hand to host a fun afternoon of Musical BINGO! Our Sibshop events are for brothers and sisters (age 7-12) of children with autism. 
 


Fun, Friends & Family: BINGO!  Ages 16+

Saturday, January 19th from 12:30 - 2:30pm in Framingham.  Come enjoy BINGO! with your friends at Advocates.
 


A Full Life Ahead: The ABCs of AFC and PCA

Thursday, February 7th, from 6:30 - 8:30pm, in Framingham.  The Adult Family Care (AFC) and Personal Care Assistance (PCA) Programs are two Masshealth funded programs that can support you and your loved one. Come and learn which of these benefits will work best for your family.


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 January 15th, February 12th and March 12th. 

 

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.
 
Learn More.
Support Groups
Just For Dads Thursday, 1/3/19 (Natick)
Parent Support Group - Wednesday, 1/9/19 (Framingham)
Portuguese Speaking Parent Support Group - Monday, 1/28/19 (Framingham)
Quick Resources

Discovery Museum, "Especially For Me" 

AMC Sensory-Friendly Films

DDS Eligibility Application for Birth through Age 4 

DDS Eligibility Application for Ages 5 and older

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