READING — Chief David Clark is pleased to announce that the Reading Police Department will be showing support for those living on the autism spectrum throughout the month of April.
Each year, Reading Police participate in the Autism Police Patch Program as part of National Autism Awareness Month. The patch, which will be worn by many officers, will also be made available to members of the community who donate at least $10 to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
“The month of April is an opportunity for our department to show our support and raise awareness for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as their loved ones,” Chief Clark said. “This special patch is a visible reminder of our support and a great way for our community to get involved as well.”
Donors who would like to receive a patch should send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Community Service Officer Kristen O’Shaughnessy at the police station, 15 Union St., Reading, MA 01867, along with a check for $10 or more made out to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, or documentation of a donation made directly to the foundation.
Residents also are asked to include their email address when either sending or dropping off envelopes.
The Flutie Foundation provides financial assistance for families caring for a loved one with autism and educates the public about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Click here to donate.
For more information, call 781-942-6761 or email CSO O’Shaughnessy at KOShaughnessy@ci.reading.ma.us.