2022 Flutie 5k for Autism

You're With Us! - Official Charity Partner

About us

You’re With Us! is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a Department of Developmental Services (DDS) service provider that creates inclusion opportunities for young adults with disabilities. The program identifies and trains college clubs, groups, and teams to welcome individuals with disabilities into their groups as they are. You’re With Us! believes that a meaningful life includes a home, a job, family, friends and social opportunities with their peers - able and otherwise. 

January 3, 2000 A few months later, as a first-time head men’s basketball coach at Salve Regina University, I was readying my team for practice. Minutes before we were to start, I found out my son Max had been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Max was nine months old and I was five months into my head coaching career. Standing before a group of fit and able-bodied young men, I started my usual practice warm-up address. But that day was different. As I began, I informed my team of Max’s diagnosis. And I began to cry. Many players began to tear up with me. After a couple of minutes, I told them we needed to have a good practice because Max would never have a chance to have a good practice. Max became an inspiration to my teams for the next six years. The players viewed Max as their teammate. He is present in every championship photo because the players insisted he be. When I left coaching – and for the eight years that followed –Max had no opportunities to be included in groups of able-bodied people. He withdrew and his physical condition worsened. That changed in 2013 when Max was welcomed onto the Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team. A new group of players welcomed him as their teammate. I had my son back. His life changed – and so did theirs.

People with disabilities often feel different and excluded from normal social opportunities. You’re With Us! aids these young adults in belonging to a group and receiving the benefits young people would typically receive from inclusive opportunities. Benefits of this inclusion flow in both directions. People with disabilities have the potential to influence those around them -- a special ability to open people up to compassion, empathy, and leadership. Further, You’re With Us! seeks to change the perceptions of disabled young people who believe they are separate and excluded by helping them become part of the communities centered on the activities that they enjoy. In turn, their new peers in these communities, who may have thought of children with disabilities as different, now find them to be friends, teammates, and even family.

All people are healthiest when they feel safe, supported, and connected to others in their neighborhoods and communities. The inclusion of people with disabilities in these communities provides the essential social skills and leadership tools to allow them to lead a full life.

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Flutie Foundation Contact Person

If you have any questions at all about our event or how to register, please contact Tia Dawson - Development Coordinator for Events & Operations at tdawson@flutiefoundation.org or on her cell at 508-808-2575.

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  • Mintz Match January 2023 $350.00
  • Mintz Match January 2023 $362.00
  • Michael Renaud Glad to support a charity recommended by Joe Sharkey December 2022 $500.00
  • Anonymous November 2022 $52.50
  • Anonymous In honor of Joe An the Sharkey Family From Patti Kantor October 2022 $100.00
  • Jonathan Kravetz We send our best wishes, along with our deep admiration, to Joe Sharkey, and we applaud his work for "You're With Us" and the important work of this organization. September 2022 $1,000.00
  • Darryl Demos Great cause. Great job!! The Demos Family September 2022 $630.00
  • Patrick Sharkey Joe, much work and great results for a wonderful cause October 2022 $525.00
  • David Demos September 2022 $525.00
  • Denise Sharkey Great effort joe! September 2022 $525.00

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