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Roses for Autism on NBC Nightly News July 28, 2017 09:20


Vandals destroy Sensory Garden June 16, 2017 09:03

Vandal Strike Roses for Autism Sensory Garden June 16, 2017 08:56

Roses for Autism on Fox 61 April 24, 2017 14:10

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Roses for Autism Fox 61

News Channel 8 interview with Michelle Ouimette April 24, 2017 13:47

News Channel 8 interview Roses for Autism

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Success Story: Tommy April 24, 2017 10:39

Roses for Autism Intern Tommy featured in the New Haven Register.

 Tommy Canning New Haven Register

Connecticut Magazine - Roses for Autism Feature April 05, 2017 14:01

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Ct Magazine featuring Roses For Autism

Josh G featured in the Guilford Patch! April 04, 2017 10:37

Check out this article from the Guilford Patch covering Josh G's success in and outside of Roses for Autism. 

Guilford Patch

Josh G at Walgreens

Roses for Autism asks for Eagle Scouts’ assistance March 10, 2017 13:43

GUILFORD >> Roses for Autism, in Guilford, is in need of a gazebo for a sensory garden. Roses for Autism operates on a very tight budget and is calling out up and coming Eagle Scouts for their help building a gazebo to provide shade for those sensitive to sun.

With the help of community volunteers, they have spent the last year building their sensory garden.

A sensory garden can be therapeutic and educational for a variety of individuals especially those with disabilities that affect their sensory responses as is the case with Autism.

A sensory garden is a way of communicating with nature and stimulating community members through their senses, promoting social inclusion for any individual with or without disabilities and can be utilized as an aid in healing and meditation. The community will also benefit by the sensory garden as it assists in enhancing mental and physical well-being. 

The garden will include all seven senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste, vestibular and proprioception. The flowers will provide visual and olfactory stimulation and smell while the herb garden provides oral sensation. They are using various pathway materials for touch like pebbles and walking stones. In addition, we will have benches for reflection along with birdhouses and wind chimes to stimulate hearing.

Contact Susan Dunkerley-Squier at 860-262-3532 or by email

Thank you Middletownpress!



Success Stories: Ian March 06, 2017 10:26

 Although Ian came to RFA in October 2015 with some previous work experience, he had been unemployed for the past three years.  Ian was in his thirties and without a high school diploma, but arrived with a positive, “Can do” attitude and willingness to perform any assigned task.  Through his flexibility and unshakable work ethic, Ian has gained many new skills and experiences on and off the farm. Recently, a local garden center hired Ian to put his new skills to use by maintaining plants, stocking shelves, and answering customer questions.


Ardent Rose Perfume Makes National News March 03, 2017 09:15

Ardent Rose Perfume caught the fancy of and its managing editor, Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison.   The new perfume, offered exclusively by the non profit Roses for Autism, made national news on February 2, 2017 with Dr. Harrison's review on the online site.  He asked his viewers:

"But what does the fragrance actually smell like and would it be a successful purchase for perfume lovers? I'm happy to report that indeed the fragrance is truly lovely. In fact, Lovely by SJP is a fragrance I am immediately reminded of when wearing Ardent Rose. Replace the lavender and apple with magnolia and rose and you get the point; Ardent Rose could be Lovely's sister rose scent.  

Ardent Rose opens with a soft, airy rose and magnolia accord. I'm a huge fan of magnolia so was pleasantly surprised to see it so well presented here. Whereas many rose aromas are deep, rich, and well, perfumey, Ardent Rose is gentle and fresh-smelling with a light citrus hint, likely the result of the geranium. The base is supported by subtle sandalwood and white amber. Ardent Rose boasts moderate sillage and longevity and would make a great gift for a socially conscious fragrance lover or anyone who enjoys fresh florals."    To read the full story, visit

On the same day, Ardent Rose was listed in's Perfume Encyclopedia.   This perfume library is viewed by fragrance industry and retail professionals.    So far, the new Ardent Rose perfume received a rating of 5 of 5 (with 4 votes so far).   If you have a bottle or would like to purchase one, you also have the opportunity to post your reviews and vote at


Stopping to Smell the Roses for Autism March 03, 2017 09:15

Wag Magazine article on Ardent Rose Perfume. 

Fragrance Industry Association of North America Celebrates Ardent Rose Perfume March 03, 2017 09:14

Ardent Rose Perfume received a special endorsement by the International Fragrance Association of North America (IFRANA) during this past holiday season.   Prominently displayed at the bottom of its season greeting card to nearly 3000 fragrance industry members was the gift idea of purchasing Ardent Rose Perfume from the non profit organization, Roses for Autism.   "This Season, we hope you consider giving the gift of Ardent Rose in support of Roses for Autism," ready the bottom of the card.  Not stopping there, IFRANA also spread the word of the new Ardent Rose Perfume on its Linkedin page, where about 2,182 viewed it, according to Farah K. Ahmed, President and CEO of IFRANA.  


Two members of IFRANA, fragrance and flavor manufacturer Bedoukian Research, Inc. of Danbury, CT and French perfume house Robertet worked together to develop the perfume.   

IFRANA's mission is to foster and advocate for the fragrance industry in the United States and Canada by promoting and supporting the safety, sustainability and integrity of products.   To learn more about IFRANA, visit


Rose Perfume is a new product sold exclusively by Roses for Autism. To purchase, go to the Order page or   

Roses for Autism Rolls Out New Perfume March 03, 2017 09:13

A day before the launch of its new product Ardent Rose Perfume, Roses for Autism  found itself in the limelight of local news.  wrote: "This perfume not only compliments their core offering, but it will allow Roses for Autism to continue their operations and expand a scholarship program for their interns."   To read the full story, visit:

Non Profit has New Perfume to Sell for its Charity March 03, 2017 09:11

Ardent Rose Perfume featured on WVIT 30. 

Adults with Autism Promote New Ardent Rose Perfume March 03, 2017 09:11

News coverage of Ardent Rose Perfume on Fox61.

Success Stories: Vanessa March 03, 2017 08:30

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When Vanessa first came to Ability Beyond Transition Services, she wanted careers in both fashion and in the makeup industry. After researching and touring a cosmetology school, she came to the realization that a formal education was not the best fit for her. Instead, she focused on drawing sketches with an eye towards designing her own line of clothing. One of our staff suggested that she create tutus and obtain help to sell them. After successfully creating some sample tutus, her Career Education Specialist helped her get a $300 grant for materials from Street Smart Ventures. Now Vanessa is on her way to building her small business!


New Ardent Rose Perfume Makes "Perfect Scents!" March 02, 2017 16:03

Ardent Rose Perfume featured on  Hartford

Ardent Rose Perfume Launched by Roses for Autism March 02, 2017 16:02

Ardent Rose on CT

Radio Show Talks New Job Opportunities for Autistic Work Force March 02, 2017 15:35

 Ardent Rose Perfume in WDRC news article.

Success Stories: Ben March 02, 2017 10:26

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First arriving at RFA in 2012 as part of his Branford High School curriculum, Ben initially expressed that he had “No idea” what his career goals were.  In the weeks and months ahead, Ben demonstrated an uncanny ability to tackle any task on the farm, especially when it comes to serving customers and working on his feet. After gaining his initial work experience and increasing his self-confidence onsite, he interned as an Assistant Teacher at the Guilford Art Center’s Summer Program for three consecutive summers and later as an intern at Consign and Design Shoreline in Branford.  In addition, Ben is also a part-time student at Gateway.  Recently, Ben successfully obtained paid employment at a popular restaurant chain; he can’t wait to get started!

Success Stories: Josh G March 02, 2017 09:00

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Josh first arrived at Roses for Autism in May of 2014 to hone his work skills and determine which career path would fit best for him. Josh is an extremely personable man with kaleidoscopic interests, some of which include fashion and customer service. After learning how to work with customers, Josh was a mainstay at the RFA retail store for several months while also becoming proficient when it comes to working with our flowers. In 2015, he applied for a Sales Associate position in the clothing section of Walmart and, after successfully navigating multiple interviews, Josh earned a job that he has maintained for a full year. Due to these and myriad other successes, Josh recently graduated from Ability Beyond Transition and is excited about his future!

Success Stories: Josh March 01, 2017 10:26

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Josh came to RFA from Hope Academy through Branford Public Schools to earn work experience credit toward his high school diploma.  After trying a variety of job tasks, he quickly identified customer service as a newfound passion.  Josh also interned at AFA Electronic Recyclers in Madison for several months to pursue his love of computers. Combined with his advanced technology skills, which he utilized to assist in the management of our social media sites, Josh soon became a highly valued member of our team.  This past holiday season, Josh cemented his passion for customer service by successfully completing a stint as a seasonal associate at Kohl’s. It is no surprise that Josh pursued and obtained, his current sales associate position at Walgreens soon after!