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RIT receives Flutie grant

The Rochester Institute of Technology is the recipient of a $19,168 grant from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.

The money will support a new Minding Anxiety Program which is part of a national demonstration project. The program seeks to teach students with autism spectrum disorders self-regulation strategies for successful academic achievement, social engagement and career advancement by providing participating skills in “psycho-physiological self-regulation” — more commonly known as biofeedback.

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, established in 1998 by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their 19-year-old son, Doug Jr., who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, is distributing $369,000 to 30 nonprofit organizations in the Northeast, California and Canada, including six others in New York.

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