Nancy Lucier, Program Director, Autism Support Center, left, and Gloria Castillo, Director, Family Support Centers

Northeast Arc is pleased to announce that its Autism Support Center has received a $10,000 grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. The Flutie funding will help individuals with autism and their families through advocacy programs, direct family support, safety equipment, respite services and other opportunities that will enhance the quality of life for those affected.

Since 1991, the Center has been empowering families who have a member with autism or a related disorder by providing current, accurate, and unbiased information about autism, services, referrals, resources, and research trends. Throughout its 30 years, the ASC has kept families across Northeastern Massachusetts supported and informed. Through this critical funding, the Center will provide financial support to families caring for a loved one with autism.

“We are excited to be able to use this funding to help maximize and enhance the progress of children with autism,” says Gloria Ricardi Castillo, Director, Family Support Centers at Northeast Arc. “In addition, this funding will give us more flexibility in supporting our families. We will have the opportunity to help people immediately when they need it.”

“The Flutie Foundation Signature Grants help our partner agencies address a variety of significant needs in the autism community, especially in light of coronavirus repercussions,” says Nick Savarese, Executive Director of The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. “Programs like the Northeast Arc are helping people on the autism spectrum live life to the fullest and we are proud to support their efforts.”

Families supported by the Autism Support Center will be able to apply for this funding. Low-income families will be prioritized. To request an application, families can email, or call 978-777-9135.

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