Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events Newsletter for February & March 2021
Massachusetts Special-Needs Workshops and Conferences April 2021
April topics in Massachusetts will cover vaccinations for Covid-19 and children with special health care needs, advocacy for multi-lingual/cultural/immigrant learners, and more. Transition-to-adult events include two college resource fairs and a work program with the Mass Office on Disability. April Events Include:
• "Caring Bunny" Sensory Events
• COVID-19 Vaccinations
• Special-Needs Resource Fair in Lexington
• Disability Advocacy for Multi-Lingual/Cultural & Immigrant Learners
Transition-to-Adult Events Include:
• College Fairs for Students with Disabilities - Lincoln /Sudbury & Merrimack Valley communities
• Work Experience Program with the Massachusetts Office on Disability
• Transition Training for Families with Special Needs
Now is the time to plan an inclusive Spring for your whole family! Sharon Marie
COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children with Special Health Needs
COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children with Special Health Needs: Virtual Event, March 31st, 6 p.m. with FCSN and the Mass Department of Public Health (DPH). Presenters will be from Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, the Director of School Health Services at the DPH. Interpretations in: Spanish, Mandarin, Haitian...Read more
Rethinking Challenging Behaviors
Rethinking Challenging Behaviors: Webinar, April 5th, with Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital. The "School Discipline Fix Book Club" is a free book club with three separate sessions to discuss The School Discipline Fix. Each wil be an interactive around school discipline and Collaborative Problem Solving. Tuesday, April 5 Session, Chapters 1-5, Rethinking Challenging Behaviors...Read more
Let's Get Organized
Let's Get Organized: Webinar, April 1, with the Children's Trust of Boston. Parenting a child with special needs comes with loads of paperwork, such as IEPs, assessments, and evaluations as well as several appointments with therapists, doctors, teachers, and more. How can we help families keep it all together? Hear from Pat Cameron from...Read more
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Virtual Autism Awareness & Advocacy Day in Massachusetts
Virtual Autism Awareness & Advocacy Day: April 5th, with Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts. Hear from Massachusetts legislators, autism self-advocates, and families to discuss the current state of affairs and highlight priority legislative proposals. 2022 THEME Restoring Services, Expanding Access...Read more
Virtual "Arts Better the Lives of Everyone Conference"
Virtual "Arts Better the Lives of Everyone Conference":
In Person & Virtual, April 9th & 10th, with the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Free and open to the public. This is a professional development opportunity in the field of arts education and special needs. Educators, professionals and families share best practices...Read more
Disability Advocacy for Multi-Lingual, Multi-Cultural & Immigrant Learners
Disability Advocacy for Multi-Lingual, Multi-Cultural & Immigrant Learners: Webinar, April 12th, with SPaN of Massachusetts. Language, cultural background and immigration status of a student matters when it comes to special education. This workshop will explain ways to advocate more effectively on behalf of multilingual and multicultural communities, the rights students...Read more
Special Needs Resource Fair in Lexington, MA
Special-Needs Resource Fair: Lexington Community Center, Lexington, MA, April 9th. The Lexington Special Education Parents (LexSEPTA / LexSEPAC), will present their annual Special-Needs Resource Fair. Meet therapists, recreational organizations, nonprofits, support groups, and other providers who serve families and children ...Read more
Berklee School of Music Program ABLE Day Sessions Summer Music Program for Musicians with Disabilities
Suspension & Discipline in Special Education
Suspension & Discipline in Special Education: Webinar, April 7th, with the Federation for Children with Special Needs in Massachusetts. Suspensions & Discipline in Special Education describes: different types of disciplinary offenses, the school responsibilities for discipline, range of consequences for rule violations, legal protections for students on IEPs...Read more
"Autism Connections" Conference in Western Mass
"Autism Connections" Conference in Western Mass: Virtual Event, April 28th, with Autism Connections of Easthampton & Pittsfield. Keynote Speakers: Alix Generous, an #ActuallyAutistic advocate for advancing mental health reform and institutional treatment of autistic people, and Jed Baker, director of the Social Skills Training ...Read more
Visual Impairment "In This Together" Virtual Conference
Visual Impairment "In This Together" Virtual Conference April 30th, with Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. Free. Designed for families of children with visual impairment from birth to age 7 and the professionals who support them. Keynote Topic: Promoting social-emotional development of students with visual impairments. Workshops will cover: Active Learning, Understanding CVI...Read more

Special-Needs Recreation

Caring bunny sensory events
"Caring Bunny" Sensory Events in CT, MA, ME & NH: April 3rd. Bunny Cares events are special events for children with special needs and their families. Each location will take steps to reduce sensory triggers and provide a more comfortable environment to allow children to visit the Easter Bunny. Limited spots...Read more
Sensory-Friendly Days with the Massachusetts Audubon Society
Sensory-Friendly Days with Mass Audubon: Lincoln on April 4th, Natick on April 12th, Belmont on April 25th. Check with each for specific times. Some sites will have special hikes with nature guides available to recommend appropriate trails and guide your experience, while others provide self-lead opportunities. Also find All Persons Trails with wide, flat, ADA-accessible paths...Read more - scroll down the page
Inclusive basketball, Soccer, wiffleball for Mansfield Massachusetts special needs families
Adaptive & Inclusive Team Sports
Burlington: Adaptive Softball & Track
Concord: Inclusive Yard Games for Teens & Young Adults:
Lexington: Adaptive "InclYOUsion" Multi-Sports
Lexington: Inclusive Running & Wheelchair Practice
Mansfield: Challenger Inclusion Basketball & Wiffleball
Middleboro: Little League Challenger Baseball

Millis: Adaptive Teen Basketball
Revere: Adaptive “Inclyousion” Sports
W. Springfield: Adaptive Martial Arts...More scroll down page
Special Olympics Spring Programs Across Massachusetts
Special Olympics & Challenger Sports Massachusetts
Amherst: Special Olympics Young Athletes
Beverly: Special Olympics Basketball
Marlborough: Special Olympics Track & Tennis
Methuen: Special Olympics Young Athletes
Springfield: Special Olympics Floor Hockey & Basketball
Southborough: Special Olympics Young Athletes – Level 1
Woburn: Special Olympics Soccer & Basketball...More
an Inclusive College Experience for Students with Learning Differences - The EXCEL Program at Bridgewater State University . Attend an open house in Spring 2022
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Miss Amazing AMPLIFY Event for Girls, Teens & Women with Special Needs: Medfield, April 9th. Open to girls, teens & women with special needs living in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This event gives girls and women with disabilities the opportunity to reach their full potential by focusing on their unique abilities...Read more
Inclusive Soccer for Special Needs in Greater Boston Communities
Spring TOPSoccer in Massachusetts: Designed to bring learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability.
Wellesley. Read more scroll down the page
Springfield Thunderbirds Sensory Friendly Hockeygame for special needs families in Massachusetts (2)
Springfield Thunderbirds Sensory Friendly Hockey Game Springfield, MA, April 3rd, hosted by CHD Disability Resources. Exclusive $14.00 tickets for friends and family in the community. Sensory accommodations include decreased microphone /music volume, no strobing lights, consistent lighting throughout game, cool-down area, no goal horn/noise meters...Read more

Transition & Adult Events

Residential Program for Students with Learning Differences with the Threshold Program at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Build Life Skills for a Successful Future. Contact us today 800.999.1959 ext. 8181 or 617.349.8181
College Fair for Students with Disabilities
College Fair for Students with Disabilities: Virtual Event, March 31st, 7:00-8:30 pm, with the Lincoln/Sudbury SEPAC. Meet and hear directly from colleges and universities regarding types of programs offered at their schools. Representatives from several local colleges will be in attendance...Read more

    Work Experience Program with the Massachusetts Office on Disability
    Work Experience Program with the Massachusetts Office on Disability Deadline for participants: April 15. Program takes place June 13-16. Work Experience Program - Closing the Disability Employment Gap is an opportunity for people with disabilities ages 21+ to get real-world exposure to work experience in state government. Participants... Read more
    Merrimack Valley Disability Transition Fair - Feria virtual sobre la transición discapacidad
    Merrimack Valley Disability Transition Fair - Feria virtual sobre la transición discapacidad: Virtual Event, April 7th, with the Lawrence Public Schools. For students receiving special education services and their families. Un evento para estudiantes que reciben servicios de educación especial y sus familias. Hear from the Massachusetts Departments of: Developmental Services, Mental Health, Rehabilitation Commission, Merrimack Valley Regional Transit...Read more
    Different Choices 2022 For students with IEPS, 504, Other Accommodations and /or mental health Challenges. Hosted by Schools for Children of Greater Boston
    ABLE Accounts Workshop
    ABLE Accounts Webinar:, April 12th, with the Special Needs Transition Group of Wakefield. Hear answers to ABLE questions such as: What is ABLE? Who is eligible? What can funds be used for? How to manage the account? How do I enroll...Read more
    Boundaries & Relationships for Teens & Young Adults with Special Needs
    Boundaries & Relationships for Teens & Young Adults with Special Needs: In Person, March 28th - May 27th, with Whole Children of Hadley, MA. For ages 16+ with special needs. Want to make a friend? Get a date? This class lays the groundwork for a life full of meaningful, healthy and safe relationships. A learning community that can last many consecutive sessions as students move...Read more
    SSI and Guardianship workshop for special needs in Massachusetts
    Disability is a Qualification for Employment and that Matters to Business: Webinar, April 13th, with UMass Lowell Center for Autism Research & Education. Hear a disability can be a unique qualification for employment and how to translate that into the value proposition for businesses to include people with disabilities on staff, as customers, and suppliers.....Read more
    Skills for Employment & Independent Living
    Skills for Employment & Independent Living: Webinar, April 14th, with Exceptional Lives of Boston. It’s critical for young adults with disabilities to learn and practice the skills they will need to find a job, do a job, and live independently. Learn how to work on these skills with your child while they are still in high school so they will be prepared for adult life...Read more
    Transition Training for Families with Special Needs
    Transition Training for Families with Special Needs: Webinar, April 25th, with Seven Hill Family Worcester. Hear an overview of the transition planning process for students ages 14 to 22 years. Llearn strategies that can help students receive important transition services mandated by special education laws, needed to prepare youth for employment, independent living, and further education...Read more
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    "Whole Selves" Self Esteem, Intimacy & Consent for Special Needs Young Adults
    "Whole Selves" Self Esteem, Intimacy & Consent for Special Needs Young Adults: Whole Selves Classes run through August 19th, with Pathlight Program of Greenfield, MA. The Parent session will cover how Whole Selves aims for straightforward, empowering, and comprehensive sexuality education for people with intellectual disabilities ...Read more
    "Learning About Housing" for Families with Disabilities
    "Learning About Housing" for Families with Disabilities Webinar, through April 23rd, with Autism Housing Pathways of Winchester. Learning About Housing is a 5 part series to help families determine housing options that might be appropriate for their family member. ...Read more
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