The FOCUS Festival For Autism is rolling into it 13th year. Donna Swanson, the Executive Director of FOCUS Center for Autism says,

“This Festival started in a field 13 years ago and has grown to a fantastic day of family fun. This is a day I am so proud of because my heart bursts with pride to see the children and their families having so much fun and our dedicated staff and volunteers who put their hearts and souls into this event. We are FOCUS Strong!”

A Celebration with a Purpose

The Festival for Autism is a unique event with an important purpose. At the Festival for Autism, children on the Autism Spectrum can:

  • Be themselves and enjoy the Festival safely and independently
  • Socialize with peers in a fun and judgment-free atmosphere
  • Families can kick back and have a good time

Old Fashioned Family Fun

FOCUSFestival_0004_1014284_611641588847493_270043876_nThe common theme for this Autism friendly event is old fashioned family fun. Attendees can test their strength at the High Striker, try for a hole-in-one in Mini-Golf, and do their best in the Sack Race!

There are many activities at the Festival that also promote sensory integration for people on the Autism Spectrum. Children can enjoy the gentle trot of a pony ride, or jump for joy on the Eurobungee. They can also enjoy the soft touch of a bunny or chick in the Mobile Petting Zoo. This year we’ll have a lifesize version of the game Operation!


One of the highlights of the Festival is our Teacup Raffle! A wide variety of exciting baskets and individual items are waiting to be won. From gizmos and gadgets to gift certificates, you never know what you’ll find!

Special Guests!

Acorn the Clown








This year we’ll have visits from Tinkerbell,  Rocky the Rock Cat and Acorn the Clown!


Each year the festival includes businesses, groups and organizations that serve children on the Autism Spectrum. This year’s list includes:

K21 Kidstrong Foundation   Spirit Horse Therapeutic Riding  Starwinds  Lion’s Club of Canton  Discovery Toys  Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes  Curtis Blake Center at American International College

Get Ready – The Festival is On Its Way!

Come and join us June 7th at Mills Pond Park in Canton from Noon to 4:00pm.


Funding for the Festival for Autism is made possible in part by the generosity of an anonymous donor.

If you would like to contribute contact Kim Grehn ( or Colleen Burns (  at the FOCUS Center for Autsim  or donate through our website. (Donate Now)