March 15, 2017

rosesfeatureAutism Daily Newscast recently ran a story on Roses for Autism, a vocational program in Guilford, Connecticut, that trains and employs people with autism. The organization was honored to provide floral centerpieces for the “Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism” in New York City. The event was hosted by Suzanne and Bob Wright, so-founders of Autism Speaks, and Mrs. Bon Soon-taek, spouse of the United Nations Secretary General. First spouses and dignitaries from around the world attended the event, which took place last month.

“I can’t believe our little rose farm from Guilford has been asked to be part of such a huge event. This is such a wonderful honor,”

says Lori Gregan, Retail Operations Manager for Roses for Autism.

The centerpieces were created by the Roses for Autism staff, which includes many individuals on the autism spectrum. They included Connecticut -grown white Akito roses, Lavande roses, white hydrangeas, seeded euk, and a blue delphiumn. Each vase was carefully wrapped in a double black satin blue ribbon and sealed with the Roses for Autism sticker.


Roses for Autism has provided flowers for several Autism Speaks Events, along with University of Connecticut events, Choate events, weddings, and online deliveries throughout the country. Roses for Autism cuts, grows, and packages flowers for retail and wholesale outlets in the largest heated greenhouse in America, which is located on the 38 acres of historic Pinchbeck Farm. The farm grows 16 varieties of roses, three varieties of ornamental lilies, and an array of colorful gerbera daisies.

Roses for Autism got its start five years ago, helped by a large donation from Autism Speaks. Their website describes the program as a “social enterprise that facilitates the thoughtful transition of individuals with autism to meaningful employment and personal success.” Their employees are primarily adults living with autism. Gregan says:

“It’s very fitting that our little farm with a big mission is part of an event with an equally big mission,”

The Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism event promoted autism awareness as a global health issue. The event was attended by first spouses and dignitaries from around the globe, and has partnered with the United Nations, which plays a key role in protecting human rights for those living with autism around the world. Health professionals and advocates cited the research carried out by Autism Speaks and discussed ways to mobilize the international community to offer support to families raising loved one with autism.

The staff at Roses for Autism were proud to be a part of such a prestigious event.  Lori Grega explains:

“I am so pleased that so many people believe in us and what we do here.

“We all work very hard here and we work together to put out a beautiful product that is enjoyed by everyone. If you haven’t come to visit us yet, you should,”

For more information about Roses for Autism, call 203-453-2186, or visit their website at

About the author 

Laurel Joss

Laurel Joss is a freelance writer with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked as an RDI® Program Certified Consultant and has published articles in Autism Spectrum Quarterly and on her blog She is a mother to two children, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. You can also follow her on and

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