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Group gets $30K grant to redesign Autism Alliance website

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Jim Haddadin
Wicked Local Framingham
May 2, 2016

FRAMINGHAM — A local nonprofit will receive grant funding to improve the website of the Autism Alliance of MetroWest.

Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday that Framingham-based Advocates, Inc., will receive a $30,000 grant to enhance its support services for families with autism.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, the organization applied for grant funding to overhaul the website of the Autism Alliance, which partnered with Advocates, Inc. in 2009.

The alliance works to increase public awareness about autism and provides information, education and support to families in the region, according to the website.

Advocates, Inc. was one of 10 groups selected to share a combined $315,000 of grant funding through a new initiative from Healey’s office. Dubbed “Innovating to Improve Access and Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities,” the one-year program aims to “improve access and opportunities” for people with disabilities, according to an announcement.

Funding for the initiative comes in part from a $250,000 settlement the Attorney General’s Office reached previously with Cardtronics, Inc., a company that owns and operates automated teller machines.

The company had been accused of failing to comply with a court order to make its cash machines accessible to those who are visually impaired, according to the attorney general’s announcement.

Other grant recipients include The National Braille Press, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown and WGBH Educational Foundation, which will use grant funding to distribute a free tool that produces video captions for web browsers, online media players and social media, according to Healey’s office.