BLACKSTONE — Chief Gregory Gilmore is pleased to share that the Blackstone Police Department will be showing support for those living on the autism spectrum throughout the month of April with a special patch.
April is recognized as Autism Acceptance Month. From April 1-30, a special Blackstone Police uniform patch will be made available to members of the community who donate at least $10.
Funds raised through the patches will go to benefit the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District (BMRSD) Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
Community members who would like to receive a patch can donate at least $10 through cash or check at the Blackstone Police station, 15 St. Paul St.
“We are pleased to be participating in the patch program to promote autism awareness and acceptance in our community, as well as support two important organizations through this fundraiser,” Chief Gilmore said. “We encourage the community to get involved and show their support for the autism community.”
About BMRSD SEPAC:
The mission of the BMRSD SEPAC is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community. The organization promotes a network of parents of children with special needs and provides a forum to share information. The organization also meets regularly with school officials to discuss the planning, development and evaluation of the district’s special education programs, and advise the district regarding the education and safety of students with disabilities. Learn more here.
About the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism:
The Flutie Foundation aims to help people and families affected by autism live life to the fullest, and to create a world where people with autism lead productive lives where they are included, respected, and actively engaged in their communities. The Foundation provides financial assistance for families caring for a loved one with autism and educates the public about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Learn more here.