Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events Newsletter AUGUST 2022
Massachusetts' disability events for March feature the Visions of Community Conference, and an Understanding the IEP & Extended School Year Services workshop. Transition-to-adult events feature a Transition Resource Fair and "DDS 101" Transition Webinars. More March Events Include:
• Accessible Hiking in Massachusetts' State Parks
• Disability Legislative Reception at the State House
• The Dick and Judy Hoyt Grant for Inclusion
Transition-to-Adult Events Include:
Supported Decision Making Guardianship Alternative
• Basic Rights in Transition Planning
• "Work Without Limits" Career Fair
Autism Acceptance month is in April! Send your event to and we will post on our site. SM
Visions of Community Conference 2023
"Visions of Community" Conference" Virtual Event, March 4th, with The Federation for Children with Special Needs of Massachusetts. Find workshops on IEPs, special education issues, trauma, self-care, health services / benefits, and transition planning. Workshops are offered in multiple languages, and a Virtual Expo will feature local exhibitors sharing information about support services...Read more
Understanding the IEP & Extended School Year
Understanding the IEP & Extended School Year: Webinar, March 9th, with the Taunton SEPAC. Blank IEP's will be provided or you may also bring a copy of your own student's IEP to take notes on. Also discuss the Extended School Year (ESY). What is it? What are the eligibility requirements per the department of education? When should your student's IEP team discuss possibility eligibility?...Read more
UMass Amherst Child Language Study is Seeking Children with Developmental Language Disorders, Nerotypical Children, Children with Down Sydnrome, and Boys with Fragile X Syndrome. Recieve $75 for particpation. For more information visit
Summer Camp Fairs 2023 in Massachusetts
Camp & Resource Fairs (Camp Fairs not disability specific):
Boston Parents Paper’s 2023 Virtual Camp & Summer Expo: through June
• Community Resource Fair with the Mansfield & Foxboro SEPACs: 3/7
• Community Resource Fair with the Canton Parent Advisory Committee: 3/8
Central Massachusetts Summer Camp Expo: 3/12...Read more
Disability Legislative Reception for Massachusetts' Families
Disability Legislative Reception: Massachusetts State House, March 7th, 10 a.m and live streamed on Facebook. Persons with disabilities, family members, advocates, state agency heads and their staff, and legislators will meet and catch up on legislative priorities and other important issues. The 2023 theme is Disability Workforce Equity Now! Set up an appointment to meet with your legislators...Read more
Department of Developmental Services (DDS 101)
Department of Developmental Services (DDS 101): Webinar, March 8th, with Vinfen in Cambridge, MA. What You Need to Know - The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and Vinfen will provide this live webinar for individuals and families of all ages.
Learn more about: Eligibility, Transition, Self-Direction, Autism Support...Read More

Concord Conservatory of Music Tones of Fun Developmentl Music Classes.  Register today  or contact Tel (978) 369-0010
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) Program
LEND - Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities Program: With the E.K. Shriver Center / UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester. The deadline to submit applications for the 2023-24 academic year is May 15. This Fellowship program is designed for clinicians, self-advocates, individuals with disabilities, family..Read more
The Dick and Judy Hoyt Grant for Inclusion
The Dick and Judy Hoyt Grant for Inclusion: Application deadline - March 8th. With the Doug Flutie Foundation in Natick, MA and the Hoyt Foundation for the Dick and Judy Hoyt Grant for Inclusion. Together, they will be distributing funds through this community grant to people with autism and other disabilities. Grants will be awarded to help those looking to pursue athletic, academic, employment..Read more
Family Leadership Training for Boston & Metrowest Families
Family Leadership Training for Boston & Metrowest: Framingham, MA and Virtual, Through April 23rd. Free. This series guides parents and families to be effective leaders locally and beyond. Workshops and sessions are for family caregivers of people who are eligible for Massachusetts' Department of Developmental...Read more
Psychopharm 101 for ASD
Psychopharm 101 for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Webinar, March 15th, with the Lurie Center in Lexington. Speaker Chris Keary, MD Behavioral Director at the Lurie Center, is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with a specific interest in the care for individuals with developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Williams Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome across the...Read more

Inclusive Recreation - All Ages

Learn About Universal Access Outdoor Connections with the State of Massachusetts
Accessible Hiking: Learn About Universal Access Outdoor Connections with the State of Massachusetts: Virtual Event, March 17th. Topic - Accessible Hiking in DCR Parks. The Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Universal Access Program provides outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts state parks for visitors of all abilities and ages. Find out about and share your experience with accessible and adaptive programs in DCR...Read more
Inclusive Rock Climbing: Brookline
Inclusive Rock Climbing: Brookline. March 3rd, with the Brookline Recreation Department. For ages 16+ with special needs. This program is an evening at indoor rock climbing walls learning how to climb from trained professionals. The goal is to provide a fun and supportive environ...Read more
Confidence Connection Autism Supports - Summer 2023 for Greater Boston. Ages 3 - 18. For more information visit or contact 781-433-9890
Make Way for Ducklings Accessible Performance in Boston
American Sign Language & Audio Description Performances of "Make Way for Ducklings": Boston, March 5th, 9th & 11th. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a starter home when they land in the Boston Public Garden as a potential home. When the duck...Read more
Sensory Friendly Museum Events in with the Springfield Museums
Sensory-Friendly Museum Events in Western Mass: Springfield, March 11th, 9 - 11 a.m.. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss and the Springfield Science Museums Sensory Friendly Saturday provide less noise, less bright light, and cool-down spaces for those who have sensory sensitivity. Some exhibits will be modified to provide an opportunity for people with a range of differing abilities to ...Read more
Youth Para Nordic Skiing with Adaptive Sports New England Cross-Country Weston Massachusetts
Adaptive Youth Para Nordic (Cross-Country) Skiing in Weston: March 8th, with Adaptive Sports New England. For ages 8 to 17 with any level of experience. Eligible skiers are those who have a visual impairment or a physical impairment. Participating youth must be able to ski standing up using typical cross country ski equipment...Read more

    Berklee ABLE Able Sessions /  Summer Music Program for People with Disabilities Ages 9 - 17. For more information visit or contact
    "SpongeBob The Musical" Inclusive Performance
    "SpongeBob The Musical" Inclusive Performances: Acton, MA, March 24th - April 2nd. Actors with all abilities will be featured in this production. All shows will be: relaxed / sensory friendly, nterpreted into American Sign Language and Open Captioned. April 1st & 2nd - all shows will also be Audio Described. Accessible and companion seating available...Read more
    Project RIDE "Tune Up" Days: Springfield
    Project RIDE "Tune Up" Days: JCC Springfield, March 12th & 13th. Project RIDE loans modified tricycles to children and young adults with special needs. This tune-up day is for trikes that need repair, to fit riders who have grown out of their current trike, and to offer trikes to new riders...Read more
    Adaptive Skating for All Ages Across Massachusetts
    Adaptive Skating for All Ages Across Massachusetts: Brockton, East Boston, Holyoke & Worcester. Free admission and equipment use. Ice sleds, skate walkers, helmets, ice grippers are also available. Activities may include obstacle courses, a block tower, races, colorful balls and pucks to shoot around, and gently..Read more

    Transition & Adult Events

    Virtual "Work Without Limits" Career Fair for Those with Disabilities
    Virtual "Work Without Limits" Career Fair for Those with Disabilities: March 7th, with With UMass Medical School. This event is for individuals with disabilities, and connects job seekers with disabilities with leading employers who want to hire. Network with leading disability-inclusive employers from theWork Without Limits Business Network, learn about available internships and job opportunities...Read more
    Sexuality 101: How to Talk with Kids & Teens with Disabilities
    Sexuality 101: How to Talk with Kids & Teens with Disabilities: Webinar, March 14th, with Inclusion Matters / West Bridgewater, SEPAC. Hear how to start--and continue--conversations with our kids and teens about privacy, healthy bodies, healthy relationships, and sex. Speaker Tiffany Goffer-Fitz completed a training of trainers sexuality series through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...Read more
    Disability Transition Resource Fair: Malden / Medford
    Disability Transition Resource Fair: Medford, March 15th, with the Malden and Medford Public Schools. Free and open to all members of the Malden / Medford area communities. Designed to give students, caregivers and professionals information about community based services. For students ages 14 - 22 who receive special education services, their families and those in these support services...Read more
    "Be Prepared for the Transition Years" Disability Workshop
    "Be Prepared for the Transition Years DDS 101 Webinar: March 7th, with South Shore Support Services of Weymouth, How do I become eligible for DDS Services? What is the role of the DDS Area office? What can Family Support provide to my family, and what are the limitations? What are Self-Directed Services? How do they differ from Traditional Services? What Autism support is...Read more
    DDS 101: What You Need To Know Transition Workshop
    DDS 101: What You Need To Know Transition Workshop: Webinar, March 8th, with Vinfen of Cambridge, MA. In partnership with Vinfen Family Support Center and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Metro Region. Topics include: Eligibility, Transition, Self-Direction, Autism Services...Read more
    Basic Rights in Transition Planning
    Basic Rights in Transition Planning: Webinar, March 14th, with HMEA Autism Resource Central of Worcester. Jear an overview of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities ages 14-22 on IEPs. Workshop topics typically include: What is Transition and Why is it Important. Legal Basis for Transition Planning. Student Vision, Self-Determination, and Self-Advocacy...Read more
    Meeting Making a Difference Conference Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs), Foster_Adoptive and Kinship Caregivers Massachusetts (2)
    Supported Decision Making: Webinar, March 22nd, with the Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Students from Suffolk Law School and representatives will host. Supported Decision-Making allows individuals with disabilities to make choices about their own lives with support from a team of people they choose, and is an alternative to guardianship...Read more
    Making the Most of Transition & Thinking About College Disability Workshops
    Making the Most of Transition & Thinking About College Disability Workshops: Boston, March 11th, with the Federation for Children with Special Needs. These workshops cover “What you want in your life vs. What you don’t” and the big difference between high school and college. Find resource tables with tools to for conversations with about planning a life after high...Read more
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