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Carmignani wins Kodi Lee Gives Back scholarship Medway resident one of 18 winners from the Flutie Foundation

 The Doug Flutie Jr., Foundation for Autism (The Flutie Foundation), a leading non-profit in the Autism community that is dedicated to helping families affected by autism and other disabilities live life to the fullest, announced 18 autism self-advocates across the country as recipients of the Kodi Lee Gives Back Scholarship Grant.
 Among the recipients is Anthony Carmignani, Jr. of Medway. 
In collaboration with the legendary performer, singer, and autism self-advocate Kodi Lee, the Flutie Foundation will provide the grants, with a total disbursement of $25,000, to autism self-advocates over the age of 13 who are pursuing music or fine arts including Carmignani who is pursuing art. 
 Kodi Lee is a world famous blind and autistic musical prodigious savant who is a leader in the autism community. He is one of only approximately 25 in the world to possess his extraordinary abilities and was crowned the winner on Season 14 of the hit franchise “America’s Got Talent”. Now, he performs at the “America’s Got Talent” Live Show in Vegas.
 The Flutie Foundation has had the pleasure and honor of working with Kodi who has performed at the Flutie Foundation gala and collaborated with their own Spectrum of Sound autism supergroup. In honor of his contributions to the community, they were thrilled to announce the recipients of the Kodi Lee Gives Back Grant to help cover the costs of art and music therapies, lessons ranging from introductory to advanced, and facilitating career and business opportunities. 
 “Dougie Jr. is mainly nonverbal, and these autism self-advocates give him and others who are nonverbal a voice,” says Doug Flutie, President and Co-founder of the Flutie Foundation. “We are elated to partner with Kodi to give more people with autism the opportunity to follow their passions and elevate and inspire more people with autism.”
 For more information about the Flutie Foundation or the Kodi Lee Gives Back Grant, visit
 About the Flutie Foundation
Former NFL Quarterback, Doug Flutie, and his wife Laurie started the Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism in 1998 after their son, Dougie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Their personal experience of raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired them to help others on an equally long and challenging journey. Over its 20-year history, the Flutie Foundation has distributed over $15 million to schools and organizations who provide clinical therapies, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, job supports and more for people affected by autism. The Flutie Foundation also provides education technology tools, adaptive camp scholarships, safety equipment, and direct family support through its partnerships and special initiatives.