The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism is teaming up with Inclusive Fitness, a gym in West Roxbury, Mass., to help minimize the disparity in high-quality athletic training for neurodivergent people.
“Everyone is impacted by this issue in some way,” Greg Austin, owner of Inclusive Fitness, said. “It’s estimated that out of 360 plus million Americans, 40 million people have some form of IDD [Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities]. And if you don’t personally fall into that 40 million, you probably know someone who does.”
Austin said that he and his wife, Kristina, opened Inclusive Fitness, which specializes in strength and conditioning training for neurodivergent people, in October 2020. Its partnership with BC football legend Doug Flutie’s nonprofit organization, The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, has created and funded scholarships for families who could not otherwise afford athletic training, he said.