Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events Newsletter for February & March 2021
Massachusetts Disability Events MAY 2022 NEWSLETTER 7
Accessible spray pools, beaches / beach wheelchair resources in Massachusetts begin our Memorial Day newsletter. Also find a variety of workshops to assist you with finding and applying to state-wide disability services. Transition-to-Adult topics cover Basic Rights in Transition Planning, the LEND disability fellowship, and a summer disability college internship. June Events Include:
• Medical Necessity: What Is It & How Do You Document?
• Applying for Department of Developmental Services
• Navigating Disability Services & Supports
• Special Olympics & Inclusive Team Sports
Transition-to-Adult Events Include:
• LEND Advanced Leadership Disability Fellowship
• City of Boston Summer Disability Internship
• Basic Rights in Transition Planning
Hug your kids a little tighter today, these are terrible times for many families this week. Please stay safe and have a peaceful holiday weekend. Sharon Marie
Beach Wheelchair
Accessible Spray Pools, Beaches & Beach Wheelchairs: Our Accessible Pools, Beaches & Sand/Water Wheelchair pages break out the categories into four groups:
* Cape Cod - Accessible Beaches List
* Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks
* Accessible Beaches/Beach Wheelchairs in Massachusetts
* Floating Beach Chairs...Read More
Medical Necessity – What Is It & How Do You Document?
Medical Necessity – What Is It & How Do You Document? Webinar, June 2nd, with UMASS Chan Medical School – Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. Free - Lunch and Learn” Via Zoom, 2nd & 4th Thursdays of Each Month. 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM. June 2nd, Medical Necessity – What Is It & How Do You Document? Free. Spanish translation ...Read more
Assistance for Applying for DDS Services
Assistance for Applying for Department of Developmental Services: Weymouth, June 7th, with South Shore Support Services. The DDS provides supports for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, to enhance opportunities to become fully engaged members of their....Read more
Do You Have A Child with IDD betwrights conversations. FINeen the ages of 18 -22? Do You Work with high school students with IDD? The Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston is looking for parents and special educators to share their experiences with transfer-of-D OUT MORE ABOUT THE STUDY! Participants receive a $25 Amazon Gift card . VISIT
Navigating Disability Services & Supports -Identifying Options and Discovering Possibilities
Navigating Disability Services & Supports: Webinar, June 15th, with the Arc of Massachusetts. No matter the age or stage, finding the right supports and services can be confusing and complicated. This virtual group session will provide information and resources for specific areas of need, who to call, where to go, best practices...Read more
Breaking Down Bike Riding Skills through the lens of a PT and OT
Breaking Down Bike Riding Skills through the lens of a PT and OT: Webinar, June 7th, with Therapro of Framingham. Occupational Therapy can help break down and focus on the skills that need more support to help children and teens learn to ride a bike. These may include: Attention, concentration, balance, body awareness, core strength, Motor planning, Postural stability, Sensory processing...Read more
Massachusetts' Family Mental-Health Conference: 
Massachusetts' Family Mental-Health Conference: Virtual Event, June 3rd, with PPal Massachusetts. Keynote speaker Brynn Burger is a coach for extreme parents who are navigating raising children with behavior diagnoses, mental health concerns, and trauma survival. Parent workshops include: Anxiety and Unmet Needs, The State of Black and Brown Mental Health, Special Ed. After Covid...Read more
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Epilepsy Education Day with Epilepsy New England 2022
Epilepsy Education Day with Epilepsy Foundation New England Virtual Event, June 11th. An opportunity to share community programs and resources available to everyone attending from Epilepsy Foundation New England and other New Hampshire community organizations that serve people with epilepsy and their families. Topics: Update...Read more

Special-Needs Recreation

Sensory-Friendly Open Barnyard in Hingham
Sensory-Friendly Open Barnyard in Hingham: May 28th. A dedicated hour for families with disabilities, providing a reduced number of guests and quieter sensory friendly environment. Any family that would benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome. During this program, the barnyard is closed to the general public and headcount is limited. A sensory kit and visual story guide are available...Read more
Accessible Martial Arts Event with Easter Seals Massachusetts
Accessible Martial Arts Event with Easter Seals: Boston, June 2nd. Join in on an Accessible Martial Arts demo at the Boston Self Help Center. Led by Easter Seals Massachusetts' staff, they will also be showcasing Volt hockey, power soccer, bocce, martial arts, and more. All sports are designed for those with physical mobility impairments....Read more
Berklee School of Music Program ABLE Day Sessions Summer Music Program for Musicians with Disabilities
Find Sensory-Friendly Movies on our Inclusive Movies Page (2)
Sensory-Friendly Movies:
Burlington, Framingham, Methuen, N. Dartmouth, Tyngsboro
“The Bob’s Berger Movie", 5/28
O'Neil Cinemas: Littleton, MA, Epping, NH
“The Bob’s Berger Movie", 5/28
“Top Gun Maverick”, 5/28
Regal’s Cinemas: Bellingham, Hyannis, Marlborough
“Top Gun Maverick”, 5/28, 5/31...Read more
Adaptive Kayaking in Holyoke
Adaptive Kayaking in Holyoke: June - September 2022, with the Center for Human Development of Western Mass. This program is for kids and adults of all ability levels. If you need extra assistance they ask that you bring someone to help you get in and out of the kayak. Tandem and single kayaks available. Life jackets are provided..Read more
"Morningstar Access" Boston Children's Museum
"Morningstar Access" Museum Event: Boston, June 4th. All Masks On event. Children with special and medical needs may enjoy the Boston Children's Museum in an uncrowded environment, with less concern about infections and large crowds. To accommodate different needs related to the COVID-19, there are now two different...Read more
21 Shades Family Support On-Line for African American and Black parent caregiver Group with Massachusetts' Down Syndrome Congress
21 Shades Family Support On-Line Group with Massachusetts' Down Syndrome Congress: June 9th, with the Mass' Down Syndrome. A state-wide African American / Black Family parent and caregiver Support Group for those with a family member with Down syndrome. This is an invitation only group. * Monthly calls and social...Read more
Prevent Summer Slide. 1:1 Support for Students with Dyslexia, ADHD, & Executive Function Challenges. Multisensory Instruction in Reading, Writing & Math. Schedule Your Free Consultation Today! Danvers - 978-774-0094  Needham 781-444-5193 or visit
Inclusive basketball, Soccer, wiffleball for Mansfield Massachusetts special needs families
Adaptive & Inclusive Team Sports
Burlington: Adaptive Softball
Concord: Inclusive Basketball for Teens & Young Adults
Easton: Special Olympics Soccer
Baseball for Students with Special Needs
Lexington: Adaptive Adaptive InclYOUsion Multi-Sports
Millis: Adaptive Teen Basketball
To see all listings scroll down the landing web page
Special Olympics Massachusetts Spring & Summer Sports
Special Olympics & Assorted Sports
* Cambridge: “Love Serving Autism” Tennis
* Easton: Soccer
* Hanover: Xtra Mile Walking & Running Club
* Worcester: Xtra Mile Walking & Running Club
* Virtual Dance: On Line...Read more
CHD SLed Hockey for Special Needs and Disabilities in Western Mass
Try Out Sled Hockey Event for Disabilities: Springfield June 11th. Try out a sled with CHDs All In program and the Springfield Thunderbirds Sled Hockey team. For ages 4 and up. All abilities welcome. Sled allows players with mobility limitations & lower limb mobility impairments to...Read more

Transition & Adult Events

an Inclusive College Experience for Students with Learning Differences - The EXCEL Program at Bridgewater State University . Attend an open house in Spring 2022
Disability Listening & Learning Forum with the Mass Rehab Commission
LEND Advanced Leadership Fellowship Program for Disabilities: The deadline for applying to the 2022-23 academic year is June 1st. The UMass Medical School Eunice Kennedy Shriver Fellowship Advanced Leadership Fellowship Program is designed for Self Advocates, Clinicians, Individuals with Disabilities, Family Members, and professionals working in disability-related fields who wish to develop ..Read more
City of Boston Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities
City of Boston Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities: Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Students must be either a resident of Boston or enrolled at a college in Boston to be eligible. This program includes paid job experience, weekly webinars, training, and other sessions that will introduce you to financial wellness principles....Read more
Basic Rights in Transition Planning
Basic Rights in Transition Planning: Webinar, June 8th, with the Hoosac School District in Cheshire, MA. (Pittsfield area). Basic Rights: Transition Planning (for IEP students ages 14-22) provides an overview of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities ages 14-22 on IEPs. It addresses the planning involved when a student is of transition age. Discuss how to prepare for the transition planning meeting, the age of majority, and procedural due process rights...Read more
Let’s Demystify Chapter 688 Referral for Adult Services
Let’s Demystify Chapter 688 Referral for Adult Services Webinar, June 8th, with the Arc of Massachusetts: The primary goal of filing a Chapter 688 referral is to plan for needed adult services for students with severe disabilities. This planning results in the creation of an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) that describes how the student will connect with needed supports and services after...Read more
"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
Creating Your Roadmap for the Transition to Adulthood
Creating Your Roadmap for the Transition to Adulthood Webinar, June 15th, with the Lurie Center for Autism in Lexington. Join a Discussion with presenters Renee Green, an investigator on three longitudinal studies evaluating program outcomes for teen and adult programs at Aspire, and Julie O'Brien, MEd, LMHC, is a family support clinician...Read more
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Assistive Technology/Medically Complex Events in Massachusetts

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Recreation for Families with Special Needs in Massachusetts

Family Mental Health Workshops in Massachusetts

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