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Eleven years ago, The Kennedy Center started The Autism Project with the simple recognition that a growing number of children with autism were facing a shortage of available and accessible programming.  With no state funding available, parents, friends and staff created a fundraiser called Magic Moments, which enabled The Kennedy Center to open The Autism Project. Two years ago, The Kennedy Center added another fundraiser, the Autism SpectRUN to increase funding enabling the Autism Project to expand program services and serve more families.

Today, because of the generosity of past contributors, The Autism Project has become one of the leading providers in Fairfield and New Haven counties of affordable comprehensive program services for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

These program services include:
  • 30 ongoing social activity groups for children and young adults, teaching age- appropriate social, communication and life skills.
  • Family programs for respite and parent/caregiver & sibling support.
  • Recreation and Enrichment programs, including programs in the arts, science, cooking, and new this summer, Healing Water's Swimming Lessons. For More Information, click here.
  • Workshops on topics such as behavior management, health issues, daily living skills, education advocacy, sitter training and financial planning. Assistance with information on services and resources for both families and professionals.
  • Other needed programs and services, such as in-home behavioral services, after-school and summer programs, and professional trainings.
  • The Cindy Dworken Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to low-income families.

The Kennedy Center has never charged anyone for the actual cost the Agency incurs for providing ASD services. Of our total cost to run these program services only 16% comes from state funding, 51% comes through fundraising and donations, and the rest is through private pay and grants.

To see how your donation can provide children with autism the CONFIDENCE, CONNECTIONS and the COMMUNITY they need to succeed, please watch the following video.