Road to Responsibility (RTR; http://roadtoresponsibility.org), one of the region’s largest and most successful nonprofit organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce it has received a $5,400 grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. These funds will provide funding for the purchase of iPads for people with autism participating in RTR’s day programs to help augment virtual learning.
RTR has steadily been experiencing increased demand for technology needed for virtual learning throughout the organization’s programs, which has been exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. Through this funding, Road to Responsibility will be able to fund the purchase of essential technology that is critical in helping people with autism. RTR plans to replace non- and lesser-functioning technology as well as purchase additional items due to increased demand for reliable equipment. The technology will be used for a variety of purposes, including in educational learning programs, job coaching, communication amongst staff and individuals, and much more.
“We are so grateful to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism for this significant gift to help improve our technological capabilities,” said Christopher White, Ed. D., CEO of Road to Responsibility. “This grant will go a long way to helping our individuals on the autism spectrum keep their connections and improve their communication skills.”
“The Flutie Foundation’s Allison Keller Education Technology 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 Road to Responsibility are helping people on the autism spectrum live life to the fullest and we are proud to support their efforts.”
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, based in Framingham, MA, awards grants annually through a competitive application and review process. The Allison Keller Technology Education grants that the Flutie Foundation distributed this year fill the financial gap in meeting technology needs of schools and organizations to help people and families with autism live life to the fullest.
About Road To Responsibility, Inc.
Celebrating over 30 years of making lives better, Road to Responsibility, Inc. (RTR) was established in 1988 with the overarching belief that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve to have full, rich, and rewarding lives in the community, and therefore works to provide the means, the opportunity, and the support necessary to allow citizens with disabilities to take their place as productive members of the community. RTR offers residential, work/employment, day habilitation and other day supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. RTR supports individuals with very diverse needs, including those with significant challenges who would otherwise go unserved if not for RTR. It succeeds where other organizations often fail, through the use of an integrated clinical behavioral approach. This model has proven successful and yielded positive results for the organization and the individuals served.
Road to Responsibility offers services to almost all the towns and communities throughout the South Shore and South Coast of Massachusetts, operates 49 residences as well as co-operative and supportive living apartments, and manages nine day-service locations that focus on education, employment, and community enrichment. Road to Responsibility’s main office is located at 1831 Ocean Street, Marshfield, MA. For more information, please visit www.roadtoresponsibility.org.
About the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism (DFJFA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation helping families affected by autism live life to the fullest. Through programs and partnerships, DFJF helps people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence. NFL Quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife Laurie, whose personal experience raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired their passion to help other families, established the Foundation in 1998. DFJFA primarily serves families throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and Central Florida. For more information on The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, visit www.flutiefoundation.org.