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Early-Bird Discount For Federation's Conference:
Special Needs Camp & Recreation Expo:
The Federation For Children With Special Needs' Early-Bird rate for their Spring 2011 Boston conference is $75.00 until February 11th.This yearly event offers information about Early Intervention, Transition-To-Adult, Advocating For Your Child, Inclusion in After School Programs, Social Thinking, Transformational Technology and much more. Some workshops are in Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish, limited transportation and childcare available. See front page for more info.
Free and open to the public, February 13th, in Framingham. Activities for kids, food available, and representatives from camps from all over Massachusetts and New England. Other towns having camp fairs in February include Beverly, Chestnut Hill, Hudson, Newton, Sudbury and The Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough. See our Camp Page for more info.
School Vacation Week Activities:
"Back to the Beach" at the Boston Children's Museum, A petting zoo and Showcase Cinema movie tickets in Lowell, Let's Motor inclusion activity camp in Norwell, Adaptive Sports and Recreation in Sudbury, and the Westford Family Funfest. See our Camp Page for more information.
Surviving Adolescence: Outwit/Outplay/Outlast:
February 9th, Westford. Understanding your teen, positive communication and more tips. See the Teens and Young Adults on our Front Page.
Sensory Friendly Films - Gnomeo & Juliet:
February 12th, in Dartmouth, Framingham, Tyngsboro, and Methuen. Participating theaters provide families with autism and other disabilities an opportunity to enjoy films with the lights up, the sounds down, and audience members allowed to dance, walk, shout or sing. Front page. See our Front Page.
Mental Health Family-Support Classes:
Brain and/or Addictive Disorder Classes are free and taught by volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggling with these challenges. February and March start dates are in Boston, Cambridge, Concord, Holyoke, Salem, Taunton, Weymouth and Woburn. See our Front Page
Treating Sleep Disorders in Youth:
February 16th, Andover. Learn strategies for addressing common sleep problems, non-compliance issues, promoting healthy sleep in children, parent-friendly treatments and more. Fees apply. See our Front Page for more information.
Life-Long Planning For Families W/Special Needs:
February 12th, Easton. Families in all stages of care giving can learn about government benefits, estate planning, SSI and SSDI, gguardianship and alternatives. Fees and registration required. Front Page
Tweens and Teens Fun & Inclusion Activities:
February - March 31st, in Lowell. Swimming, music, computers, and arts and crafts. For middle school and high school-aged students. Visit Teens and Young Adults on our Front Page.
MCAs for Students With Disabilities:
Basic Rights, Turning Three, MCAS, Suspension and Discipline in Special Education, Transition 101, 504 Plans and more free workshops in Ashland, Attleboro, Bellingham, Cohasset, Douglas, Grafton, Greenfield, Haverhill, Hudson, Lynn, Marlborough, Medford, Milford, Monson, Northhampton, Sharon, Somerville, Springfield, Sudbury, Waltham, Wilbraham, and Worcester. See our front page.
Helping Your Teen Make Friends:
February 6th, AANE, in Watertown. Parent workshop and high school social group. Learn about types of friendships, planning get togethers, resolving conflicts, and skills necessary to socialize successfully. RSVPs and fees apply. See Teens and Young Adults on our front page.
Accessible Winter Sports Festival!
February 5th, in Gardner. Enjoy snowmobile rides, accessible snowshoeing, kick sledding, cross country skiing, sit skiing, ice skating, winter explorations, socializing and food around a camp-fire, and more. See our Front Page
Insurance For Autism - The ARICA Law:
Free and open to the public. February 9th in Natick. Advocates for Autism (AFAM) will discuss how to determine if your health insurance plan falls under ARICA, what treatments may be covered, and how education services are affected. See our Front Page, or visit the Autism Page for more Massachusetts Resources.
Transition Planning Conference in English and Chinese:
Free, February 12th, in Boston. Training for parents and youth with Special Education Services, ages 14 - 22. Afternoon clinics offer consultation time with attorneys from legal service agencies. Visit Teens and Young Adults on our Front Page.
Respite Program Serves Eastern Massachusetts:
In Easton, serves 35 communities. Fee based, takes most disabilities except severe medical or behavioral. Weekends, holidays, vacation weeks and more. See our Front Page.