Dylan’s Wings of Change is a Foundation devoted to supporting children with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions.

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Dylan’s Wings of Change is a foundation established to honor the memory of Dylan Hockley, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14/12. The foundation’s focus is to help children with autism and other related conditions achieve their full potential.

Dylan’s Wings of Change works to achieve its mission in two ways:

  • by providing children with autism assistive technology tools that help develop their intellectual and academic skills
  • by creating initiatives and raising funds that support community athletic programs that fully include and accept children with autism and related conditions


We invite you to explore Dylan’s Wings of Change.


“Like many people on the spectrum, Dylan demonstrated several aspects of repetitive movement. Autistic individuals are sometimes known to rock their bodies, roll their heads or flap their hands. Dylan was a flapper. Whenever he got excited or happy, he jumped up and down and flapped as fast as he could. One day I asked Dylan, “Why do you flap?” In all honesty, because Dylan had under-developed language skills, I wasn’t expecting him to answer. But he did. He said, “Because I am a beautiful butterfly.”

It has been said that something as small as a butterfly flapping its wings can cause a hurricane halfway around the world. That a small change or single occurrence in one place can result in large differences elsewhere. It redefines the future.

Dylan is our butterfly. All of the children and adults who lost their lives … are our butterflies. And if one butterfly can cause a hurricane, then 26 butterflies can change the world”

- Nicole Hockley, memorial service to Dylan, December 21st, 2012


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Dylan Hockley website, pictures and memorial service

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