The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for autism was developed by athlete Doug Flutie, Sr. in honor of his son who has the developmental disorder. This wonderful organization focuses on three main areas: disadvantaged families, research and education. The foundation is dedicated to funding research about the causes and manifestations of childhood autistic disorder. Many disadvantaged families are unable to adequately take care of a child who has special needs. The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation is dedicated to helping those families who require help. The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation is also a communications hub that offers a plethora of information about autism and related pervasive developmental disorder. The organization also offers grants and programs to researchers, families and professionals as well.