Dad’s Night Out
Organized by fathers of children with autism, Dads meet every periodically throughout the year at restaurants in the Hartford/West Hartford region. A core group of Dads act as hosts, providing understanding and support to fathers who face daily challenges raising children with autism.
Dinner and a Movie Nights
Family Holiday Party
Each year 100-150 guests enjoy a relaxed yet festive Family Holiday Party featuring music, gluten-free and casein-free refreshments, costumed characters, and dancing fun.
Mom’s Night Out
Organized by mothers of children with autism, Moms’ Nights are held throughout the year at a variety of locations in the Hartford/West Hartford region. Events range from dinner out to yoga and are designed to give Moms a place to connect with other mothers who face similar challenges raising children on the spectrum.
The Sparkling Celebration is Autism Families CONNECTicut’s major annual fundraiser to raise funds that support AFC’s various programs and events. Held at the Simsbury Inn and hosted by Nicole Nalepa of Channel 3 Eyewitness News and DJ John “Cadillac” Saville, this gala is a fun night out filled with exciting auction items, fabulous food and cocktails, and great music and dancing.
Wings for Autism
AFC organized the first Connecticut version of Wings for Autism in 2012. Wings for Autism, developed by the Charles River Center in Natick MA, provides an opportunity for individuals with autism to practice passing through security and boarding an airplane as preparation for family air travel. Working with Bradley Airport officials, TSA officials and airline staff, AFC offers annual Wings for Autism events. More than 70 families have participated from throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.