Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Doug and Laurie Flutie

Autism Lights #86 are Doug and Laurie Flutie.

Doug Flutie, Sr. and Laurie Flutie are from Natick, Massachusetts. Doug is a former professional football player in both the United States and Canada. Their son Doug Flutie, Jr. has autism. Doug Flutie, Sr. and Laurie Flutie are Autism Lights because they formed an autism foundation to help make a difference for autism, which is called the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation.

Football Career: Doug Flutie played for Boston College and won the Heisman Trophy in 1984. Professionally he played in the CFL, USFL, and NFL from 1985-2005. His career stats are at this link .

Honorary Degree:  Doug Flutie, Sr. received the Honorary Doctor of Humanitarian Service for Autism in 2007 from Dickinson College. Here is a video of that ceremony.

Foundation: In 2000, Doug Flutie, Sr. and his wife Laurie formed the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation in honor of their son who has autism. In forming the foundation, the Fluties wanted to help their son have a legacy that he might not be able to accomplish on his own and to help less fortunate families with the tremendous expenses of autism.  Information on the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation is available at their website at www.dougflutiejrfoundation.org.  This foundation is making a tremendous impact for autism.

  • To date over $11 million dollars has been raised by the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation.
  • A list of 2010 grant recipients from the foundation is available at this link.  
  • In 2011 the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation joined HP and Autism Speaks in sponsoring the Hacking Autism initiative.

Here is a video of Doug Flutie, Sr. discussing his autism foundation in 2010.

Laurie Flutie:  Laurie Flutie is an amazing caregiver.  In addition to being Vice-President and co-founder of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation she is the primary caregiver for Doug Flutie, Jr. and she also cares for her mother who lives with the family.

Author: In 1999, Doug Flutie wrote two books that are available through Amazon.com.
  1. Flutie
  2. Never Say Never (Positively for Kids)
Social Media: You can follow Doug Flutie, Sr. and the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation on the following social media.
Special thanks to Doug and Laurie Flutie for being Autism Lights. Your hard work on behalf of autism is certainly helping lighten the load of many families and is a legacy for your son.

Autism Light honors diverse heroes to the world of autism.

Photo: The Photo at the top of this post is used with the permission of Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation and was taken at the 2007 golf outing of Doug and Laurie Flutie and their family.

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