FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The largest gathering of autism organizations in New England will convene at The Boston Marriott Newton on Friday, December 8th at 9AM for the 4th Annual Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism Partner Summit. The Flutie Foundation will announce approximately 40 grant recipients chosen to receive close to $400,000 in funding to further programs and services that are supporting families affected by autism. It is estimated that over 10,000 people will be directly impacted by this year's funding.
Speakers at this year's summit, sponsored by the Wireless Experience™, include Jackie Bruno of NBC Boston 10, who will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Summit and Keynote Speaker Actor, Father and Writer Billy Devlin.
"Every year the Flutie Foundation has the pleasure of hosting more than 100 Autism Organizations; the largest gathering in New England," said Lisa Borges, executive director of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. "The opportunity to share ideas, celebrate accomplishments and to recognize leaders for the important work they do is immeasurable."
The summit will include educational speakers and two capacity building workshops: Creating a Social Media Community hosted by Causemo, Inc. and Building the Model Development Program hosted by Charles Gordon of the New Kensington Group
Since 1998, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism has distributed more than $14 million of support for families affected by autism. The grants that the Foundation distributes each year help to support family-focused programs in three key areas: promoting active lifestyles, improving access to services, and enhancing the independence of adults with autism. Funding supports non-profit organizations in Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Southern California, Central Florida and parts of Canada.
About the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism:
The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism (DFJF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation helping families affected by autism live life to the fullest. Through programs and partnerships, DFJF helps people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence. NFL Quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife Laurie, whose personal experience raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired their passion to help other families, established the Foundation in 1998. DFJF serves families throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Southern California, Central Florida and Canada. For more information on The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, visit www.flutiefoundation.org and find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/flutiefdn and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/flutiefdn.
About Billy Devlin
Billy has written for film, television and stage and periodically has appeared in all three mediums, as well as authored the novel Another Man's Woe. In his most recent stage performance, "Unmistakable, Billy", shares his recollections as a young father obsessed with teaching his first child to avoid the pitfalls of common mistakes that might lay ahead. A subsequent autism diagnosis in the child results in his reflecting on mistakes that are his own.
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SOURCE Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism