Press Release: AANE Receives $10,000 Grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

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Watertown, MA – January 20, 2022 – The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), a national non-profit
based in Watertown, MA that serves the Asperger/autism community, is pleased to announce that it
has received a $10,000 Signature Grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. Through
this grant, AANE will provide direct funds to families in financial need of up to $500 per family.
Families living in MA, ME, NH, VT, RI, or CT who have a family member with an autism diagnosis
can apply for up to $500 for anything that directly improves the life of their autistic child or young
adult. Past grants have been used for sports equipment and lessons, therapy, enrichment classes,
summer camp, and much more.

The grants that the Flutie Foundation distributes each year help to support family-focused programs
in three key areas: promoting active and social lifestyles, providing a path for educational and
employment opportunities, and enhancing the quality of life for autistic individuals and their families.
AANE has been honored to receive these grants yearly since 2001.

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

About AANE:

AANE is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that works with individuals, families and
professionals to help people with Asperger’s and similar autism spectrum and neurodiverse profiles
build meaningful, connected lives. AANE provides information, education, community, support, and
advocacy, all in an atmosphere of validation and respect. To learn more, visit www.aane.org.

Contact:
Cathy Aikman Director of Marketing and Communications
cathy.aikman@aane.org
617-393-3824 ext. 230