With 2015 upon us and the holiday season coming to a close, we wanted to reach out to you and say thank you for your generous support over the past several months. Thanks to the funds we raised through this project, we have been very busy!
During the fall, we expanded our Jump Trax program and invited children, teens and adults to participate in programs we ran in collaboration with a local trampoline park. It was a great way to get people up and moving in a safe, community-based program!
We also offered a toy making program before the holidays in collboration with another non-profit group, where we hosted an integrated arts and crafts day. Participants built their very own wooden toys, painted and decorated them alongside their family members. It was a wonderful day and with the spirit of the holidays, a heart warming event that promoted inclusion with the general public as well as the many families we serve here at Family Autism Center.
During the school vacation breaks, we offered activities like a train ride into Boston, a movie day event for the entire family, as well as general support to parents and caregivers who needed someone to talk to during the hectic times holidays and school vacations can sometimes bring.
We are humbled by your generosity, and promise to continue to offer the highest caliber of services for the families looking to us for support. Thank you so much for being a part of it, and Happy New Year!
This fall we were able to offer a variety of programs for individuals with autism and their families. These included Hiking (ages 12-21), Circles (Social Skills - ages 10-14) and CASS (Community Adventures Social Skills - ages 14-17). For adults ages 18-35, we offered Kickball, Explorers (community trips), Bowling and a Fall Dance. All of our programs were well-attended and everyone had a great time!
Coming later this month, we will hold an afterschool group at Launch Trampoline Park (ages 5-11). We have a great community partnership there and our families really enjoy it. Parents can drop off their child from 4:30-6:00pm and we provide necessary staffing. Kids will jump for an hour and have a pizza dinner. It is open to the public and it is a true integrated setting. Some parents often stick around and bring siblings and it is a nice afternoon for everyone...and they get some great exercise.
Our CASS & Explorers Saturday trips have included Cranberry Bog Tours, Indoor Mini-Golf and Coggleshall Farm Museum. These trips are from 10a-4p and include lunch at a local restaurant.
We continue to strive to use the generous funding you have provided to enchance the lives of those with autism & developmental disabilites. This means accessing and being part of the community!
Aug 7, 2014
On our way!
By Betsy Roche - Director of Development
We would like to take the time to let you know that we are on our way to a great end of summer and fall full of programming for people diagnosed with ASD. The last two weeks of August are jam packed with social and recreational opportunities for the families we serve. Parents reached out to us and asked if we could help them fill the void in programming during the gap their children had between the end of their specialized summer programs and the beginning of the fall school year. As part of our mission to provide services the families need and request of us, we have done just that! We will be offering drop-off programming within the community, as well as providing family-centered events to give structured activities to the hundreds of families we serve.
Thank you for your continued support of our organization, we can't thank you enough for helping us help those who reach out to us!