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Harwich Elementary School awarded grant from Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

Harwich Elementary School awarded grant from Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

The preschool program at Harwich Elementary School has received a grant from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism to install a Playground Communication Board at the school. 

In awarding the grant, the foundation noted, “Play is a critical part of children’s development. Individuals with autism and other developmental delays commonly experience social deficits, which inhibit their ability to communicate effectively with others. Visual aids support a wide range of learners, including verbal, neuro-typical peers and promote inclusion of people with differing abilities. These communication boards will support individuals in initiating conversations with peers, navigating social situations, and expressing themselves.”

HES Principal Christie Cutone said, “Harwich Elementary is honored to be named a recipient of the Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism grant. The Playground Communication Board is in place in our playground area and our preschool students are already making great use of it.” 

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established in 1998 by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr., who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Over the last 24 years, the Flutie Foundation has impacted thousands of people and families affected by autism through several programs and initiatives designed to help people with autism live life to the fullest. The Foundation also forges creative and impactful partnerships with autism self-advocates, families, organizations, and donors who share the goal of meeting the needs of people with autism today. For more information, visit