Tomorrow’s Leaders

Last week I was privileged to meet an extraordinary group of students at Ayer/Shirley Middle School. These eighth grade students participated in the United Way Youth Ventures program. Youth Ventures help area schools integrate youth-based social ventures into their curriculum, after school activities and special events. More than a dozen schools in the region participate, with others [Read More]

Autism Resource Central Awarded $5,000 from Staples

HMEA’s Autism Resource Central of Central Massachusetts has received $5,000 from the Staples Foundation at the recommendation of Staple’s employee Patrick Davis.   The funds donated by Staples Foundation will be used to fund the participation of Camp Havvago Alumni in Camp Starfish’s LEADERS  program whose primary focus is developing leadership skills, educational and preparation for [Read More]

The Silver Bullet

The origin of one of the greatest success stories in the Central Massachusetts Autism Community can be traced to the Silver Bullet. Eleven years ago, Julie Atherton, captain of Team Strength, and her husband Shawn, moved to a new house in Mendon. One day while installing new floors, they had a surprise visitor: a friendly [Read More]