Press Release, October 9, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan today announced $31.3 million in grants to help more than 14,000 senior citizens and persons with disabilities to receive health care, meals, and other critical supportive services. The grants are awarded through HUD’s Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator Program (MHSC).


Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established in 1998 by former Patriots and Boston College Quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to support families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Foundation is also committed to increasing awareness of the challenges of living with autism and helping families find resources to help address those challenges. It provides individuals with autism and their families an opportunity to improve their quality of life by funding educational, therapeutic, recreational and advocacy programs.


“AFAA Applauds” – a national recognition program

Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) is proud to launch AFAA Applauds,a national recognition program that highlights the most promising adult support programs in the country, providing a portal for information and dissemination of these successful program models.

AFAA Applauds is designed to celebrate and promote vocational, residential supports and community life programs. Community life might include social skills, transportation, recreational, safety, spirituality or other categories of service and support that improve life experiences and outcomes for those living with autism.

Applications for AFAA Applauds will be reviewed by an expert panel. Up to six finalists will be selected.  Each AFAA Applauds finalist will receive up to a $5000 grant for the development of a video and expanded program description to be developed according to AFAA guidelines and distributed on the AFAA website and other channels deemed appropriate by AFAA.

Leadership Council and Affiliate Members of AFAA are excluded from participating in AFAA Applauds for the inaugural year.

We welcome your application and look forward to sharing your quality service and support model with the greater autism community!

AFAA Applauds application must be completed electronically: AFAA Applauds Application

Applications are due November 16, 2012. Finalists will be announced in January 2013!