CANTON, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 29, 2014) - Massachusetts-based Humboldt Storage and Moving in partnership with other local advocacy organizations has developed a number of tools to help those with family members on the autism spectrum that need to relocate. As April is Autism Awareness Month and the moving season will soon get underway, it's a perfect time to provide these important tools to families.
Humboldt based outside of Boston in partnership with the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism and Ablevision, a video production company staffed by individuals with disabilities has developed a downloadable toolkit and several videos that are meant to aid people relocating with family members on the autism spectrum. The materials are available on the Humboldt website at: www.Humboldt.com/autism
The videos and tool kit cover the wide range of topics in the moving process including strategies for before the move, how to ease the stress associated with moving day and other techniques for coping with after the move.
"For many on the autism spectrum, moving can be an unpleasant and stressful experience," states James Sullivan, president of Humboldt Storage and Moving. "While we found articles on the subject, we did not find any meaningful materials to help these families. This is why we embarked on this project."
The advice given in these materials was compiled by many in the autism advocacy field and through many families that have moved with a loved one that has autism. Real life strategies are given by families that have moved across town and those that have moved across the county. Other organizations that contributed to these tools are; Autism Support Center, a program of Northeast Arc in Danvers MA, and Community Resources for People with Autism located in Easthampton, MA.
"The Flutie Foundation is excited to have the opportunity to be a part of such a worthwhile and necessary project," stated Lisa Borges, Executive Director. "It is so wonderful that the people over at Humboldt Storage and Moving have recognized this need for families of people with autism and have gone forward with creating this useful resource. We're honored to have been asked to take part in the video's creation and hope many families will benefit from it."
The videos produced for the toolkit were done so with the help of Abelvision, a program of Triangle located in Malden, MA. "It is especially meaningful for the crew of Ablevision, comprised of people with disabilities, to be producing a video that will help so many families with children on the autism spectrum, "stated Alisa Carbone, executive producer of Ablevision. "The crew is delighted to utilize their media skills and knowledge in creating 'Moving with Autism' to help show the world that we are all people with ability"
Another aspect of this project will be the awareness training of Humboldt Storage and Moving staff and crews. All crew members and drivers will be trained on what autism is and some of the leading causes of stress for someone on the autism spectrum such as sensory issues, change of scenery and disrupted routines. "It's also important our crews understand that in some cases, they may be walking into a more stressful situation than a routine move" states Sullivan.
Those looking to access the toolkit and videos can do so through the Humboldt Storage and Moving website at www.Humboldt.com/autism. There are also many links to other resources available to families that will help guide them through the entire moving process.
About Humboldt Storage and Moving:
Humboldt Storage and Moving is Greater Boston's oldest moving company and largest United Van Lines agent. The Boston moving company, founded in1905 is an original stockholding member of United Van Lines and remains within the top five percent of all United Van Lines agents in the country for sales volume. For more information about Humboldt's expertise and moving services please contact them at (781) 821-8777. For additional information visit http://www.humboldt.com/