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An Invitation from Governor Patrick

On Thursday, October 23rd, Governor Patrick will sign ceremonial bill copies of H4047, “An Act Relative to Assisting Individuals with Autism and other Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities,” H4237, “An Act Relative to Real Lives,” and H4327, “An Act Requiring National Background Checks.” All of this legislation was actively supported by AFAM and will have positive impacts on the lives of people with ASD.

You are cordially invited to attend this event. Event details appear below:

Event: Ceremonial bill signing of H4047, “An Act Relative to Assisting Individuals with Autism and other Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities,” H4237, “An Act Relative to Real Lives,” and H4327, “An Act Requiring National Background Checks”

Date: Thursday, October 23rd
Time: 12:45 PM

Venue: Fenway Park, Boston
*Note – please enter the Park via Entrance E

You Are Invited to attend
AFAM’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!

When: Saturday evening, October 18, 2014, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel/The Verve (1360 Worcester Street/Route 9, Natick -- opposite the Natick Mall)

What: A festive reception and dinner to mark 10 years of vigorous advocacy on behalf of people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. We’ll be honoring some very special people who have played important roles in our past accomplishments.

Our Honorees:

Commitment to Advocacy Awards:
Leo Sarkissian, The Arc of Massachusetts
Julia Landau, Mass. Advocates for Children
Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks, New England
Lifetime Achievement Award: Martha Ziegler

Reservations are required.
Tickets: $150 per person
Click here for reservation form (Word doc)

Sign up for the new Autism Awareness License Plate!

Autism License PlateAFAM and Autism Speaks have partnered to promote an Autism Awareness Specialty License Plate in Massachusetts! A portion of the proceeds from each plate sold will benefit Autism Speaks and AFAM. “We are proud to partner with AFAM and the other thirteen member organizations to spread awareness across the state and advocate for everyone on the autism spectrum,” said Kelley Borer-Miller of the Greater Boston Chapter of Autism Speaks.

Autism License Plate“The success of this joint license plate venture between AFAM and Autism Speaks will ensure advocacy at the Massachusetts State House for all individuals and families impacted by an autism spectrum disorder,” said Michael Borr, Chairman of AFAM’s Executive Committee. “The proceeds of the Autism Awareness License Plate will allow AFAM to continue to serve as the primary advocacy vehicle protecting the rights and needs of families throughout the state.”

To obtain an Autism Awareness License Plate Application, click here (pdf).

To read a recent news article that explains how specialty license plates can provide significant support to nonprofit organizations, click here.


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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