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Community Connections Receives Grant for Specialized Autism Education

Yarmouth, MA – Community Connections is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant to establish a specialized education program for students and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The funds will offset staff training and material costs along with specialized electronic equipment for students and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Autism education program is funded by a grant from the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society. The grant is made possible through the Philoptochos Autism Assistance Fund.

Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos President Philippa Condakes was on hand to present the check to Community Connections representatives, “Our committee reviewed many applications but what stood out about Community Connections was their focus on adults with Autism. Most applications focused solely on children, and we saw a need that was being filled with their services.”

In 2011 the United States Center for Disease Control announced that 1 in 88 American children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Early intervention services for pre-school age children and special education services for students are available. However, specific Autism services for students age 18-22 and adults are sorely lacking.

Community Connections is addressing this need head-on by developing day-time programs, employment supports, and family supports for students and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are underserved or un-served.

Community Connections provides the highest quality services and opportunities for people with disabilities. The agency fulfills that mission by serving over 650 individuals in 62 cities and towns throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society was established in 1931 as the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Church. The word “Philoptochos”, meaning “friend of the poor”, aptly describes this multi-faceted organization whose philanthropy extends not only to families in need, the sick and the elderly, but to programs and institutions in our communities. To learn more about the Philoptochos Society please contact Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos President Philippa Condakes at 617-277-4742.

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