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Governor Charles Baker, Carolyn J. Kain, and EHS Secretary Marylou Sudders

Governor Charles Baker, Carolyn J. Kain, and EHS Secretary Marylou Sudders

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is honored to kick off April as Autism Awareness month with the swearing in of Carolyn J. Kain as the Commonwealth’s first Executive Director of the Autism Commission by Governor Charles D.  Baker.

“Carolyn brings both passion and expertise to lead the Commission,” said Marylou Sudders, EOHHS Secretary. “Together we share a strong commitment to support children, youth, adults and their families with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).”

Carolyn transitioned into her new role Monday, April 4, 2016. She is a special education attorney with extensive experience advocating statewide for children and youth with special needs and on behalf of their families.  Additionally, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the House of Possibilities, a non-profit in Easton, MA.Carolyn J. Kain

“In my new role as the executive director, it is important to give specific focus and targeted support to the Commission’s current and future priorities by working to solidify and grow collaboration among all stakeholders and partners in order to achieve the Commission’s mission and purpose,” said Kain.

“The overarching goal of the Commission and the Executive Director is to provide families of children with ASD and adult individuals with ASD with a clear and direct roadmap of available supports that enable them to access comprehensive and meaningful resources and direct services during all aspects of their lives. We want to ensure that every person with ASD has the opportunities necessary to achieve their full individual potential and to live as integrated members of their community.”

Carolyn Kain poses with family at Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day at the statehouse.

Carolyn Kain poses with family at Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day at the statehouse.

The Massachusetts Autism Commission works towards improving and expanding treatment, resources, and insurance coverage for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder within Massachusetts. To learn more about the Commission, visit www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/commissions-and-initiatives/autism

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