September  2018
SEPTEMBER NEWS
 

We have lots going on in the month of September...programs, events and support for the whole family. Please be sure to check it all out below!

Our yearlong 25th Anniversary celebration continues. Last month we gave away Fall Sensory Swim Sessions and autism awareness beach towels! This month, it's all about SIBLINGS! We are giving away something really special to a Framingham sibling(s) as they head back-to-school. The Framingham Police Department will be offering an escort to school in style -- police cruiser style! If your child is a Framingham public school student and would be jazzed up about arriving to school in a police cruiser, then this is the giveaway for you. This free raffle is open through September 13th. We will contact the lucky winner on September 14th.
 
Best of luck to everyone transitioning back-to-school - teachers, students and parents alike!

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.

Thursdays, Ages 4-8 (1 spot remains)

 

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 and October 9th. To register for a time slot, please email Allison Daigle . 

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
SibShop Event

Saturday, September 29th from 1:00pm - 3:30pm at Pinz Bowling in Milford. Our Sibshop is for brothers and sisters (age 7-12) of children with autism. Free, but you must register in order to attend.
 
 
 
Fun, Friends & Family: BINGO, Ages 16+

Saturday, September 15th from 12:30 - 2:30pm in Framingham. Join your friends at Advocates for an afternoon of BINGO!
 
 
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. Three spots remain.
 

 

 

Section 8 Housing Applications

Monday, November 5th. The Autism Alliance, in partnership with Cathy Boyle of Autism Housing Pathways, is pleased to offer 20-minute application assistance appointments to our families.
 

 

 

A Full Life Ahead: The Road Forward

Thursday, October 18th, from 6:30-8:30pm. Join the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services for a Transition presentation. We will discuss DDS's role as your child embarks on their transition. 
 

Save The Date
Sensory-Inclusive Morning at The New England Aquarium

Sunday, September 30, 2018
8:00am - 9:00am
* More Information coming....we will share as soon as it is available *

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

Grants
The Hope Grant is for families with more than one child diagnosed with a disability, living in Massachusetts. The grant is open now through September 14th. To apply, please click here. To learn more about Spectrum for Hope, please visit their website.  
Quick Resources
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