Canton, CT, December 16, 2013

A grant of $50,000 has been awarded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to FOCUS Center for Autism in Canton, CT to implement a strategic technology plan developed to better serve clients.  The plan was developed with the support of the Nonprofit Support Program at the Hartford Foundation.

FOCUS would like to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to Amy Studwell, Senior Nonprofit Support Program Officer, Feza Oktay, MBA of Dovetail Consutants, and Lindsay Bealko, principal of Toolkit Consulting.

Increasing Needs Drive Change

Over the past five years, FOCUS has grown considerably to meet the growing demand for services for children on the Autism Spectrum. An increasing awareness of Autism, the importance of early intervention and therapies that improve social and learning skills are integral factors in our mission and purpose. Unfortunately, our communication technology is stretched beyond our ability to communicate effectively with our clients, our families, our donors and other major stakeholders. The upgrades we are acquiring through the grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving will solve many of these problems.

FOCUS Center for Autism is a grassroots, community-based nonprofit whose mission is helping children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders achieve their full potential. Since becoming a nonprofit in 2000, FOCUS has developed into a well respected community-based model of treatment that has now served over 600 children and families.

For more information, visit www.focuscenterforautism.org or check us out on Facebook.   

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents.  The Hartford Foundation receives gifts from thousands of generous individuals and families and in 2012 awarded grants of more than $27 million to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Hartford Foundation, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.


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