Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts
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AFAM Donor Honor Roll
January 1 – December 31, 2015
(Note: Donations received prior to January 1, 2015 are not included.)

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following
Individuals and organizations

Supporter (up to $50)

Ethel Atkinson in memory of Mary Joan (Smith) Hallinan
Louise and John Barlow
Louise and Robert Beauchesne
Debbie and Shaul Berechman
Carla Cataldo
Melinda and Nick Coppola
Jim and Magda Daly in memory of Mary Joan (Smith) Hallinan
Marie and Joe DiFranco in memory of Mary Joan (Smith) Hallinan
Lucy and Tom Erhard
Lila Feldman in honor of Sage Peananamanda
Richard and Maureen Ferrari
Ruth Fitzgerald
Jill Fitzpatrick
Diane Goldberg
Michael Goldberg and Carol Gerwin
Faye Goodman
Wendy Gulley
Tom and Dottie Hallinan in memory of Mary Joan (Smith) Hallinan
Lisa Harris
Tracy and Bill Johnston
Ruth M. Jones
Daniel Joyce
Barbara and Gerald Katz
Joan Katz
Gina and Radcliffe Kenison
June Lane in memory of Mary Joan (Smith) Hallinan
Elaine L’Etoile
Kathy Lewiecki
Sue Loring
Merilee and Joshua Maeir
Corinne Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mizioch in memory of Mary Joan (Smith) Hallinan
Nannette and David Ohman
Marie Opidee in memory of Mary Joan (Smith) Hallinan
Mary Prior
Tere Ramos
Priscilla Shaughnessy
James and Ann Sheedy
Robin Slonim and Paul Allen
Carole Slipowitz and Daniel Halbert
Deborah Solomon in memory of Ted White and Cookie Abrams
and in honor of Ron Polman
David Specht
Christine Stanton
Holly Swan and Christopher Pyne
Cynthia Tocci
Mary Eileen Violette
Jane Walsh
Shirley and Ray Whittier in memory of Mary Joan (Smith) Hallinan

Friend ($51-$149)

Patricia Antonellis
Mary Bai
Lisa Borges
Terri and John Farrell
Carolyn Gombosi
Darla and Mike Jezowski
Margaret Kelliher-Gibson
Miriam and John Macht
Erica Ploof
Beth and Hugh Rutledge
Robert Ruzzo
Yael and Steven Steinsaltz
Priya Tikku
Amy Weinstock and Michael Coln in honor of
Terri Farrell’s completion of the LEND Fellow Program
Judy Zacek

Advocate ($150-$299)

Diane M. Bonanni, DMD
William and Tessa Cannata
Helen Golding and Michael Schwartz
Chris and Tom Hubbard
Barbara Jackins
Mauri Korhonen
Lisa Marie Noke-Kearney
Anna Thorpe
Ralph and Susan Valente
Mrs. Seymour Weinstock
David Zessis

Leader ($300 and above)

Nancy and Michael Borr
Loving Friends and Neighbors in memory of Mary Joan (Smith) Hallinan
Jennifer and Ted Kremer
Sue and Paul Linehan
Eric and Setha Olson
Nancy Prior
Numerous donors in memory of Michael D. Roulston
Amy Weinstock and Michael Coln


Association of Developmental Disability Providers
Evergreen Center, Inc.
Melmark New England
New England Center for Children
The Guild for Human Services
The May Institute

AFAM Housing Policy

Massachusetts is currently faced with a dramatic increase in the number of people with autism who are aging into adulthood. These adults are in urgent need of affordable housing options – a priority identified by the March 2013 Report of the Massachusetts Autism Commission.

AFAM’s member organizations have engaged in intense discussions over the past several months concerning the current lack of adequate housing for adults with autism. Debate has taken place regarding the housing settings and models most appropriate to respond to these urgent needs. These discussions have been energized by recently-adopted policies and regulations developed by governmental agencies, affecting various State and Federal funding streams earmarked for housing.

AFAM’s member organizations are in agreement that people with autism should have access to a variety of housing options, and be able to choose those that meet their personal need and preferences. These options (and necessary, associated supports) should be designed to foster health, happiness, safety and growth in the least restrictive environment possible to ensure the best possible person-centered outcomes for each individual. Recognizing that autism affects each individual in unique ways, it is AFAM’s position that an individualized approach to housing is appropriate.

AFAM’s advocacy will focus on ways to increase and improve the overall amount and variety of affordable housing options for adults with autism. Potential housing options may include those that are financed publicly, privately, or through ‘blended’ funding approaches, in order to maximize choices and provide for a spectrum of needs across the lifespan.

-----Adopted August 25, 2015

About Advocates for Autism for Massachusetts (AFAM)

Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts was formed in 2004 to address the need for public advocacy on behalf of individuals, families and professionals who have or deal with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which also encompasses Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning Autism. The organization provides an important arena for mobilizing those of us who deal with ASD in our day-to-day lives as the most eloquent and persuasive spokespeople for our concerns. Our efforts focus not only on the State House but also on towns and city halls that also have responsibility for service delivery and funding.


Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts will strive to assure the human and civil rights of individuals of all ages across the entire Autism Spectrum and promote the availability of essential supports so that they may live fully and enjoy the same opportunities as other citizens of the Commonwealth.  We will educate individuals with ASD, their families and other AFAM members/supporters to be effective, vigorous agents of change. Read more.

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