Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events Newsletter AUGUST 2022
Massachusetts Disability Events August/September 2023 NEWSLETTER (7)
Wrap up your inclusive summer in Massachusetts by visiting the Accessible Parks and Spray Pools with Beach/Sand Wheelchair, sand mats, lifts and more. New disability workshops and recreation will usher in Fall 2023.
August & September Events Include:
• Special Olympics & Recreation for Fall
• ADA Grants for Massachusetts Cities & Towns
• "Imagine Better" for BIPOC Family Leaders & Self-Advocates:
• "Explore Possibility" Transition Summit
• Self-Directed Adult Disability Services
• Problem Solving Transition Webinars
Our Fall 2023 newsletter mails on September 7th. Have a wonderful Labor Day holiday! Sharon Marie
Learn About Universal Access Outdoor Camping in Massachusetts State Parks
Learn About Universal Access Outdoor Camping in Mass State Parks: Webinar, August 25th, with the DCR Universal Access Program. The Department of Conservation and Recreation's Universal Access Program provides outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts state parks for visitors of all abilities and ages. Find out about accessible and adaptive ...Read more
ADA Grant for Massachusetts Cities & Towns
ADA Grant for Massachusetts Cities & Towns: Applications close on September 15th. The Massachusetts Office on Disability Municipal ADA Improvement Grant offers funding for your city or town's accessibility projects and planning.
Any Massachusetts city or town is eligible to...Read more
Berklee Institute for Accessible Arts Education BIAAE  Arts Education Programs Graduate Progarms and Courses Professional Developement  Choose your format: In person or on line. Viist
The IEP Team: Building Skills To Help Prepare For Your Child’s Next IEP Meeting
Building Skills To Help Prepare For Your Child’s Next IEP Meeting : Webinar, August 29th, with PPal of Massachusetts. PPAL's Statewide meetings are for family members raising children with mental health needs, as well as family partners. Topics include: Building and Enhancing Relationships with your child's school, How to prepare for your next IEP Meeting. Overview of the New IEP Form....Read more
Build Your ASD Parenting Binder for Home, School & Community
Build Your Autism Spectrum Disorder Parenting Binder for Home, School & Community: Virtual Groups, September - October, with the Aspire Program at Mass General Hospital. Customize a parenting guide for your child’s unique ASD profile and needs. The book Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child with Asperger’s will serve as the guiding...Read more
"Imagine Better" for BIPOC Family Leaders & Self-Advocates
"Imagine Better" for BIPOC Family Leaders & Self-Advocates: Webinar, August 31st, with Mass Families. Imagine Better Fall 2023 Session is designed to address access, equity, and belonging within the Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities with loved ones with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD), and other disability and health challenges. Family vision and planning, ...Read more
Grant for Special Needs Families in Massachusetts
Grant for New England Area Therapeutic Programs. Applications accepted through September 30th, with the Genesis Foundation of MA. A limited number of grants available to fund clinical, educational, and therapy programs for children and young adults with genetic disorders, rare diseases, intellectual and physical disabilities...Read more
American Sign Language classes in Massachusetts
American Sign Language (ASL) Classes Online, sign up deadline is September 5th, 2023, with DEAF, Inc., of Massachusetts. Classes with slow and fast-pace options. Slow-pace would be most appropriate for students who are new to ASL and would benefit from activities that would provide an opportunity for practice and...Read more
Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks
Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks & Wading Pools in State Parks. Find accessible swimming pools, wading pools, and spray decks with the Massachusetts' Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Universal Access Program.
* All DCR swimming pools have outdoor chair lifts to provide access to the water.
* Several pools also have ramps into the water or offer zero-depth entry.
* Select pools and spray decks also have beach wheelchairs for use.
* All of DCR pools have self-latching security...Read more
Accessible Beaches/Beach Wheelchairs in Massachusetts
Accessible Beach Wheelchairs in Massachusetts: Sand beach wheelchairs and floating beach wheelchairs are provided in Massachusetts state parks with the DCR Universal Access Program. Sand and sun bathing beach wheelchairs can’t enter the water. Bring your own transfer help. Because these chairs have ...Read more

Cape Cod - Accessible Beaches List
Cape Cod - Accessible Beaches List . Different beaches offer a different accommodations, such as handicapped accessible restrooms, Mobi-Chairs, wheelchair accessl deck to the beach and more. Always call ahead to confirm availability. Cape towns that offer accommodations include: Craigsville, Eastham, Falmouth, Hyannis, Orleans Provincetown, West ...Read more

More inclusive Recreation!

Stars of the Spectrum Autism Concert at Fenway Park with the Doug Flutie Foundation
Stars of the Spectrum Concert at Fenway Park. August 24th. Free for people with Autism and their families. The Doug Flutie Foundation is hosting the Stars of the Spectrum 25th Anniversary Concert. This concert is by autistic artists for the autism community. Autism self-advocate performers/ guests include: Kodi Lee, Shawn Stockman (Of Boyz II )...Read more
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Moana Jr. in Groton
Sensory-Friendly Performance of Moana Jr. In Groton, MA, August 25th, 12 noon. Free. Groton Hill Music Center is offering a sensory-friendly performance of Moana Jr, a 60-minute musical adaptation of the Disney animated film. * The show features all the beloved songs from the ....Read more
Self Advocate Community Rowing 2-day Program
Self Advocate Community Rowing : Brighton, September 11 & 13, with the Mass Down Syndrome Congress. Free. For individuals with Down syndrome ages 20+. The MDSC is partnering with Community Rowing to offer a free two day outdoor rowing event. Community Rowing's staff will instruct, support, and encourage self-advocates as they learn new skills or further develop their existing ones...Read more
August 18th Info Session! Career  & Living Skills in an Inclusive College Environment for Students with Varying Disabilities for Ages 18+.  Available Opporuntity for Vocational Training!  Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.
Special Olympics and Team Sports
Special Olympics & Team Sports
Belmont: Special Olympics Young Athletes
Braintree: Special Olympics Young Athletes
Brookline: Special Olympics Inclusive Flag Football
Leominster: Special Olympics MASS Program & Young Athletes
Roxbury: Unified Soccer Special Olympics
Southborough: Special Olympics Young Athletes...Read more
Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance
Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance: Boston and Newton, September 2023 - May 2023. Adaptive Dance offers three types of classes: Specialized classes for individuals with Down syndrome ages 2–adult, Specialized classes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 5–adult, Inclusive classes for individuals of all abilities and needs ages 5–adult in Boston and Newton...Read more
Sensory-Friendly Movies & Events
Sensory Friendly Movies & Events:
AMC Theaters:
“Blue Beetle" - 8/26
Hingham: Sensory Friendly Sunset Picnic - 8/24
Hingham: Sensory Friendly Barnyard - 9/2
Marlborough: Sensory Friendly Hour/APEX Center -9/2
Topsfield: Topsfield Fair Sensory Day - 10/2
...Read more
Sensory Friendly Picnic in Massachusetts 2
Sensory-Friendly Sunset Picnic: Hingham, August 31st. For families with disabilities. Hear live music at a decreased volume while enjoying food and drink from local vendors. Or pack your picnic blanket and chairs and watch the sun set over the Boston skyline. A limited amount of sensory kits, including noise-reducing headphones and visual story guides, are available to borrow at admissions...Read more
Sensory-Friendly Family Hayride:  Rehoboth, MA,
Sensory-Friendly Family Hayride: Rehoboth, September 10th, with Community Autism Resources. Enjoy a country setting on a tractor driven hayride through the woods and fields. The hay wagon will end at a pavilion where families will eat dinner (Hamburger Sliders, Roasted Potato Wedges, Baked Beans, Mini Corn Cobs, Apple Crisp & Hot Chocolate) and make s’mores over a campfire....Read more

Transition & Adult Events

Disability Transition-to-Adult Planning: Parental Role & Challenges
Disability Transition-to-Adult Planning: Parental Role & Challenges Webinar, August 24, with PPal of Massachusetts. PPAL's workshops are meant for family members raising children with mental health needs, as well as family partners. What do I need to be ready for my child's transition to adulthood? What is my role as caregiver...Read more
The NextGen Careers Program at the Massachusetts Rehab Commission
NextGen Careers Program : Chester/Springfield, September 9th. A NextGen Family Coordinator at the FCSN will discuss the MRC’s new initiative for young people ages 18 - 20 transitioning from high school to post-secondary career opportunities in Boston, Worcester, Braintree, Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield, and Roxbury....Read more
Explore Possibility Summit: Framingham
Explore Possibility Summit & Exhibitor Expo : Framingham, MA, September 7th. Hosted by the (MRC) Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commision. This Summit was built for and by the disability community. Hear speakers, join workshops, network with peers and find an Exhibitor Expo with local resources, assistive technology supports...Read more
DDS Self-Directed Adult Disability Services in Massachusetts
DDS Self-Directed Adult Disability Services: Webinar, September 12th, with the Massachusetts' Department of Developmental Services. Hear how participants and their families can design individualized services to meet their needs though the Participant Directed Program or Agency with Choice services. The individual and family...Read more
Problem-Solving Transition-to-Adult Workshops
Problem-Solving Transition-to-Adult Webinars: with the Arc of Massachusetts, through September 2023. Virtual Navigation Help with ARC staff. * Having issues navigating services? * Want tips on Turning 22?* Where do you start?
So far dates for 2023 include: September 20th, October 18th, November 15th...Read more

    Young Leaders Rising Program for Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities
    Young Leaders Rising for Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities: With Partners for Youth with Disabilities and the Mass Rehab Commission. Free. For Massachusetts students with any disability ages 14 - 22. Topics: Independent Living : August 21st – September 1st ..Read more
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