Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events Newsletter AUGUST 2022
Massachusetts inclusive & sensory Fall and Halloween events are featured at the top of this week's recreation section. Plus find Special Olympics, conferences, IEP workshops and the Family Leadership Training.
Fall Events Include:
• Wrightslaw Special Ed. Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
• Vision Impairment/ Blindness & Intellectual Disability Conference.
• Special Olympics & Recreation
• Housing Models for People with Developmental Disabilities in Massachusetts

• Transition Planning & Post Secondary Options
Getting our inclusive spooky on for the upcoming season is what this week's newseltter is all about! Sharon Marie
IEP Basics Workshop With the Tauton SEPAC
IEP Basics Workshop: September 22nd, with the Taunton SEPAC and the Family Resource Center - Taunton/Attleboro. This IEP Basics Workshop will help families understand the IEP process and both their and their student’s basic rights in relation to the special education process.The Taunton SEPAC will be offering multiple workshops in the...Read more
My Journey as a Person who Stutters
My Journey as a Person who Stutters: Webinar, September 25th, with the UMass Lowell Center for Autism Research and Education. Ryan Cowley has been a sportswriter and is an author of three books -- including his first, All the Right Words: My Journey as a Sportswriter Who Stutters, and is now a podcaster, having just launched his first podcast, All the Right Words on Spotify.* He has also been named by the World Stuttering Network as one of 2023's Top...Read more
Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp. Hartford, CT, September 28th. One-day special education law and advocacy program that focuses on special education law, rights and responsibilities, tests and measurements to measure progress & regression, SMART IEPs, introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy..Read more
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Individualized IEP & 504 Plans
Individualized IEP & 504 Plans: Webinar, September 28th, with the Boston SPEDPAC. Hear about Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans. What’s included in each plan. How should each be written. How to prepare for an IEP/504 Meeting. Creating IEP Goals & Measuring Progress. * Interpretation will be available in...Read more
"Ask an Audiologist" with Boston Children's Hospital
"Ask an Audiologist": Webinar, September 30th, with Boston Children's Hospital. Virtual Saturday coffee chats with Alison Leschinski, SCD and Kalie Buchman, AuD. Parents and caregivers of deaf and hard of hearing children of all ages are welcome. Bring your child(ren) and connect with audiologists about habilitation, language development, ..Read more
"Focus” on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference
"Focus” on Vision Impairment/ Blindness & Intellectual Disability Conference. Norwood, MA, October 3rd. "Focus” on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference - Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability & Vision Loss, will feature workshops, a Resource Fair...Read more
Family Leadership Training for Special-Needs Caregivers in Massachusetts
Family Leadership Training for Special-Needs Caregivers in Massachusetts: Virtual and in person in Mansfield, Peabody, and Worcester. September 30th, is the deadline for Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 programs. Free. Empowering families through TLC will guide parents and caregivers who have Department of Developmental Disability Services eligible...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

Inclusive Fall & Halloween Recreation

Sensory-Friendly & Inclusive Fall and Halloween Events
Sensory-Friendly & Inclusive Fall/Halloween Events
Beverly: Sensory-Friendly Halloween on the Hill
Danvers: Inclusive Fall Carnival for Teens/Young Adults
Fitchburg: Inclusive Fall Dance for Adults
Hingham: Not so Spooky Haunted House
Hingham: Sensory-Friendly Boo at the Barnyard
Medway: Inclusive Trunk or Treat
Millis: Sensory-Friendly Hayride
Providence: Accessible Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Providence: Sensory-Friendly Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Stockbridge: Sensory Friendly “Early Hour” at The Incredible Naumkeag Pumpkin Show
Stow: Fall Family Farm Outing for families of Deaf or Hard of Hearing children
Topsfield: Sensory Day at the Topsfield Fair......Read more
The Miracle League of the North Shore
The Miracle League of the North Shore: Beverly, September 23th - October 21st. The Miracle League of the North Shore gives children with disabilities a chance to play baseball as part of a team in an organized league at no cost to their family. Every player bats once each inning, all players are safe on the bases, every player scores a run before...Read more
Ellie Bloom Special Olympics
Ellie Bloom Special Olympics: Needham, September 30th, with the Charles River Center. Free. This event welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to participate in track and field events such as running and wheelchair dashes, basketball throws, ladderball, and relay races. Every event is modified so that all who attempt to participate will be successful. Athletes will receive a medal...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
Special Olympics and Team Sports
Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA)
Amherst: SOMA Young Athletes
SOMA Young Athletes
Braintree: SOMA Young Athletes
N. Andover: SOMA Young Athletes 1 &2
Shrewsbury: Unified Soccer
Shrewsbury: Special Olympics Baskeball
SOMA Bowling
All other Team Sports Visit This Page
Down-Syndrome Autism Connection with the MDSC
Down-Syndrome Autism Connection: Virtual Support Group, with the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, September 27th. Dedicated solely to co-occurring Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The DSAC invites all families affected by Down syndrome and autism, including families who recently got an autism diagnosis, to join them. Monthly chats are held the 2nd Monday...Read more
Special-Needs Hockey Open House: South Dennis
Special-Needs Hockey: South Dennis, September, 2023 - May, 2024. An all-inclusive ice hockey, the Great Blizzards of Cape Cod will be an affiliate of The Great Blizzards of Kingston, MA. They provide an opportunity for people with disabilities, regardless of physical or cognitive needs, age, gender, race, ethnicity, experience, and other...Read more
Adaptive Sailing for All Ages
Adaptive Sailing Day for All Ages: Charlestown, September 24th. With Courageous Sailing, Charlestown Adaptive Sailing Day, Friends of the Navy Yard, Spaulding Rehab, and Piers Park Sailing Center. Adults and kids with any sort of disability gets a free one-hour sail with family, friends, and an instructor. A hoyer lift and physically adaptive boats are available for wheelchairs....Read more

Transition & Adult Events

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.
Housing Models for People with Developmental Disabilities in Massachusetts
Housing Models for People with Developmental Disabilities in Massachusetts: Webinar, September 25th. The Autism Housing Pathways's Family Action Meetups (FAMS) are monthly opportunities for families to get together, learn about two housing models per month, and chat in depth. Each monthly meeting comprises: An overview of...Read more
The NextGen Careers Program at the Massachusetts Rehab Commission
NextGen Careers Program: Roxbury, September 23rd. 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
Transition Training - Estate Planning
Transition Training - Estate Planning , Webinar, September 25th, with Seven Hills of Central Massachusetts. Watch a prerecorded video which will shed light on the intricate topic of Estate Planning. This viewing serves as a precursor to their live training session coming this September, where Tom Alessi and Craig Richardson will further explain the ...Read more
Disability Transition Planning and Post Secondary Options
Disability Transition Planning and Post Secondary Options Webinar, September 27th, with PPal of Massachusetts. Moving to Young Adult Life: A Guide for Parents Transition Planning and Post Secondary Options. PPAL's workshop series are meant only for parents /caregivers /family members/family partners of children with behavioral health needs. Peer leaders who work...Read more
Navigating Disability Pre-ETS & Transition from High School & Beyond
Navigating Disability Pre-ETS & Transition from High School & Beyond: Webinar, September 29th, with the SPAN of Massachusetts. This session informs parents, advocates and attorneys how they may use IDEA’s requirements for, and the definition of, postsecondary transition planning for a coordinated set of activities within a results-oriented process that is focused on academic and functional...Read more
Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration at the State House
Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration at the State House: Boston, October 5th. This event will convene people with disabilities, policymakers, employers, human services providers, and other stakeholders as part of their National Disability Employment Awareness Month activities in October. They will honor policy...Read more
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