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For 47 years, we’ve been walking together toward a brighter future. Welcome to Triangle!

Another Successful Annual Celebration in the books!

On Wednesday, May 8th, Triangle, Inc. held its 48th Annual Awards Ceremony & Fundraiser, Celebrate, at the JFK Library & Museum in Dorchester. Nearly 200 guests, staff members, and participants came together to raise more than $130,000 in support of all of our programs. Event sponsors included Brookline Bank, Combined Properties, Clarks, State Street, Eastern Bank, Ipswitch, JB Hunt, CFG Brokerage Network, and, our presenting sponsor, the TJX Companies. Additional support and outreach was provided by our dedicated board members, many of whom donated silent auction items, solicited sponsorships, helped present awards, and/or brought their personal friends to the event to introduce them to Triangle’s important work.

The event started with an extended period of food and networking, allowing guests to make new connections and learn more about our programs directly from Triangle, Inc.’s staff and participants. After wonderful opening remarks from our event emcee, Lauren Beckham Falcone from WROR’s Loren and Wally Show, our board president Mike Moran thanked everyone in attendance for their support. Afterwards, Triangle CEO Coleman Nee opened up the ceremony to honor this year’s awardees- Mayor Gary Christenson of Malden, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Robert DeLeo, and the Henderson School Peer IMPACT Leaders. Each awardee gave a passionate speech that highlighted their dedication to the Triangle community, and guests had the opportunity to learn about the hard-working people who make our organization successful.

After all the tables have been cleared and auction items collected, we are left with a strong sense of gratitude to the people who continue to support the organization. For the past 48 years, members of the community have stepped up to ensure that Triangle can continue to provide the best possible care to people of all abilities.

If you missed the event this year, we encourage you to follow us on social media and join our email list to get news on our next exciting event.

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Autism Acceptance Month

World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated every year on April 2nd, which kicks off Autism Acceptance Month. This campaign is part of a shift from a focus on autism awareness to promoting acceptance and inclusion for people who are on the autism spectrum. As the month draws to a close, we can reflect on the history and value of occasions focused on celebrating people with autism as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members.  

World Autism Awareness Day was established with a UN Resolution in 2008, originally dedicated to promoting awareness of autism within the member states. Every year, the UN designates a theme – this year it was “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation.” There are various events that celebrate the day, with monuments around the world turning blue in honor of the occasion.

In order to acknowledge that autism is part of the human experience and to celebrate the contributions to society of people on the autism spectrum, the Autism Self Advocacy Network chose to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month instead in 2011. Major corporations, such as Apple, have embraced this message and now participate in the campaign.

Currently, the CDC estimates that 1% of the world may be impacted by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is crucial to continue to work towards being a more accepting society – without acceptance, people with autism won’t be able to reach their full potential and will continue to face stigma in their daily lives. As an organization that serves people with disabilities, we are proud to recognize that we are all people with ability!

Below are some resources so you can learn more on the subject:

Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Self Advocacy Network

Autism Society

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