Published in the August 11, 2016 edition

NORTH READING — The JTFortin Foundation for Autism announces its first annual #DoYouKnowJack Golf Tournament to be hosted at Far Corners Golf Course on Sept. 23.

Tickets are available at www.jtfortinfoundation.org.

The JTFortin Foundation for Autism, a 501(c)(3) organization, was created by former North Reading resident George Fortin III in April 2015.

George’s third son Jack was diagnosed with Autism when he was 18–months–old. With little knowledge or experience with Autism, George and his wife, Jennifer, started navigating their way through the world of Autism and what this diagnosis would mean for Jack and the rest of their family.

George and Jennifer have spent countless hours educating themselves to try and provide Jack with all of the appropriate resources. A lot of this was trial and error, because those who know someone with an Autism diagnosis, know that no two children on the spectrum are the same.

#DoYouKnowJack was created by George and Jennifer as they believe they are constantly learning more about Jack as his Autism journey continues. Chances are if you know someone with Autism, then you know a Jack. The hope is that when you hear the phrase Do You Know Jack, you will associate it with an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

George has always been passionate about connecting with people and giving back to his community.  What better way than to start a foundation connecting families within the Autism community and providing them with resources? Why not share what he’s learned and provide families with information or programs that might help their loved ones be as high functioning as possible?

In its first year the JTFortin Foundation for Autism has:

• Raised over $20,000 at its first annual Light Up the Night for Autism Gala.

• Created the JTFortin Foundation Scholarship for Water Safety.

• Donated Equipment to the Windham, N.H. Special Education department.

• Co-sponsored ALEC Training for the Middleton Police Department.

It is the hope of George and the Board of Directors of the foundation that the golf tournament will help continue to fund the water safety scholarship and provide equipment to the special education school programs where it is needed. If you would like to learn more about the foundation, visit their website at www.jtfortinfoundation.org.

Help continue to make a positive impact on the Autism Community and join them on Sept. 23. If you can’t make it, but would like to help, sponsorship opportunities are available. You can e-mail info@jtfortinfoundation.com to find out more.