Who We Are
Autism Families CONNECTicut was founded in January 2010 by a group of parents, grandparents and family members who recognized that there were limited weekend recreational and social activities specifically targeted to children on the autism spectrum in Connecticut. Initially, to fill that gap, the focus was on providing programming for children on the spectrum, ages 5-12. While still the focus, programming has since expanded to include preschoolers, ages 3-5, and teens, ages 13-21 on the autism spectrum as well as siblings and parents when appropriate.
Programs are locally based, high quality, low cost, accessible to families and run by professionals. Every program is held in a safe, non-judgmental environment, designed to encourage children and teens who attend to have fun, get active and make friends. Most programs are primarily on the weekends and are multi week long.
Autism Families CONNECTicut is registered as a non-profit, exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
A world where all children and teens on the autism spectrum have access to recreational, social and educational activities as an integral part of enjoying a full, balanced, well-rounded life experience.
We CONNECT individuals on the autism spectrum to each other by providing recreational, social and learning opportunities as we build a meaningful, active and engaged community for their families.
Our Core Values
We desire that all children and teens on the autism spectrum…
…feel a sense of belonging and are accepted within a group of their peers, where they fit in, are comfortable and seen as equals.
…increase their confidence and grow in the belief that they can accomplish whatever they set out to do.
…experience personal growth as they increase their skills and abilities through a variety of social activities designed to capture their interests.
…explore their creativity through fun activities where they can interact with peers and express themselves freely.
…express their playfulness by having opportunities to enjoy fun programs that promote a healthy, active lifestyle.
We desire that individuals on the autism spectrum and their families…
… build a supportive community and form valuable, lasting connections through a variety of shared activities.
- Building on the Spectrum
- Dancing on the Spectrum
- Friday Night Teen Socials
- Playing on the Spectrum
- Running on the Spectrum
- Swimming on the Spectrum
- Dad’s Night Out
- Dinner and Movie Nights
- Family Holiday Party
- Mom’s Night Out
- Sparkling Celebration Gala
- Wings for Autism