For information on our Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) meetings please see the link under Special Education.
Lots of events in Bolton, Lancaster and Stow. Check it out:
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental health conditions.
The Discovery Museum Speaker Series:
Angela Hanscom, MOT, OTR/L
The Decline of Outdoor Play in Children- and the Rise of Sensory Issues. Read More....
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Place: The Gallery at Villageworks, 500 Mass Ave #200, West Acton, MA
Seussical the Musical
There are several accessible performances, including a sensory friendly matinee, and an ASL-interpreted performance, and an audio-described show for those who are blind or have low vision.
Dates: February 3-12, 2017
Time: Various times
Place: Open Door Theater, Acton, MA
Basic Rights:What Parents Need to Know to Navigate the Special Education Process
Whether you've been to ten IEP meetings or you think you might go to your first one in the near future, being familiar with your rights under special education law is an important step in preparing for the meeting and advocating for your child.
This parent workshop, hosted by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, will help you understand your basic rights under special education law and basic special education procedures. You will learn more about the Team meeting process and how to effectively collaborate with your child's Team. We will also discuss dispute resolution options.
Thursday, January 12th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Place: Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Road, Bolton
Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA on Srategies for Students with Anxiety -
December 14, 2016 - Where: RJ Grey Junior High Auditorium, 16 Charter Road, Acton Read more....
CASE Collaborative Family Community News & Resource Pages:
Check out the list of workshops, conferences, social and recreational events that are taking place throughout Massachusetts. Read more....
List of upcoming events by CANDI: including SPARK for Autism, Autism Insurance Resource Center meeting, Preventing, Identifying and Managing Postpartum Depression, Autism Housing, Relationship and Social Skills Training Series,PPAL's 25th Anniversary and HMEA's Holdiay Party. Read more.....
Special Olympics Young Athletes- 6 week Fall Session: October 12-November 16, 2016
Wednesdays: 4-5 PM....Read More
Best Buddies - Truck or Treat Friendship Walk and Fun Run:Saturday, October 29th, 2016 : UMAss Medical School, Worcester, MA Read more...
Wings for Autism event, Saturday November 5th, 2016: Logan Airport
Travel is stressful in general but can be a particularly difficult for families who have a child with special needs. Wings for Autism events are a "test run" through the airport boarding process--specifically designed for families who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Read more....
Thursday, February 25, 2016 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Perkins School for the Blind is hosting a free public MCB Listening Session in Watertown
The commissioner will listen to viewpoints of consumers, service providers, families, and the public on a range of services MCB offers for visually impaired children and adults. He will also gather input on other pertinent topics. This is your chance to be heard.
Registration is required by February 11. Register online, RSVP toMCBListens@Perkins.org, or call Patrice Devin at 617-972-7335.
Parking & Transportation:
Free parking: Beechwood Avenue lot (GPS address: 55 Beechwood Ave., Watertown, MA).
If you use The Ride, please inform your driver that the event ends at8:00pm.
This event is wheelchair accessible and ASL interpreted.
In case of severe weather, the event will be moved to a date to be determined.
MassHealth Coverage for ABA Therapy Update
The Universal Access Program:
Check out all we have to offer this summer/fall, from rowing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing, to horseback riding, cyclying and hiking. Read more.....
Basic Rights in Special Education- To learn more about a workshop held on this subject, please find the presentation notes attached. Read more...
Massachusetts Family Ties 2015 Directory is now available on line. Family TIES of Massachusetts provides a unique service for families and professionals supporting children and youth with special needs. This Directory is meant to be used only as a starting point for inquiry into community-based resources and state agencies that support families of children and youth with special needs. Click to go to the directory.
AMC Entertainment in association with the Autism Society of America is brining sensory friendly films to families affected by Autism on a monthly basis. Please check out their website for information and on this program and for upcoming dates for movies. The Boston location is in Framingham. AMC Entertainment
This newsletter lists disability services and events in Greater Massachusetts. Please click on the link above to access the newsletter.
Special Education Surrogate Parent Program
The Special Education Surrogate Parent Program is seeking volunteers to become an important part of the Special Education Team for a child in State Custody. They are offering training session at six different locations through out the state. For more information on the program you can check out the SESPP website at www.sespprogram.org
The Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts Newsletters
Please click on the link below to view the available newsletters from The Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts http://autismresourcecentral.org/newsletter.html
First Connections Community Newsletter
First Connections is a serivce of CASE Collaborative and Concord Family & Youth Services, a Division of Justice Resource Institute. This newsletter is a parenting resource for families with children through age three. For the most recent information please visit the website at www.firstconnections.org. To get to the newsletters please click on the Publcations links and then Newsletters.
Developmental Disabilities Research Validated Library Collection. This collection of library materials, housed at the Leominster Public Library contains information about research-based approaches to assist children and adults with developmental disabilities. This collection is inteded to meet the diverse needs of families, educators and others in the community in a user-friendly way. http://www.leominsterlibrary.org/developmental_disabilities_research.htm
The Access Pass is free for individuals with permanent disabilities. This pass provides access to and use of any Federal recreation site that charges an entrance or standard amenity fee and also provides a discount on some expanded amenity fees. For more information please click on the link to view a full explantion of the Access Pass. http://www.store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html