Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events Newsletter for February & March 2021
Massachusetts Disability Events July 21 2022 NEWSLETTER (4)
Inclusive summer recreation in Massachusetts continues this month with accessible swimming, sailing, cycling & kayaking for all ages. Transition-to-Adult events feature the "REV UP MA" disability voting conference and Self-Directed Disability Services workshops with the DDS.
More Summer Events Include:
• Addressing Black Youth Mental Health (Waltham Families)
• COVID-19 Family Mental-Health Briefing
• Parent Consultant Training Institute for Mass Families
• Understanding & Managing Meltdowns 103
Transition-to-Adult Events Include:
• "REV UP MA" Disability Voting Info Conference
• Self-Directed Disability Services with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
• What Does Independence Mean to Me?
These hot summer days mean it's time to keep cool and find closest accessible recreation near you! Sharon Marie
Beach Wheelchair
Accessible Spray Pools, Beaches & Beach Wheelchairs: Our Accessible Pools / Beach pages are listed on the left of the page as four groups :
* Cape Cod - Accessible Beaches List
* Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks
* Accessible Beaches/Beach Wheelchairs in Massachusetts
* Floating Beach Chairs...Read More
"Addressing Black Youth Mental Health workshop in Waltham MA
Addressing Black Youth Mental Health: Webinar, July 27th. The Waltham Coalition for Advancing Black Youth Mental Health and Families for Depression Awareness are hosting this event for Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Are you the parent or guardian of a Black teen living in Waltham, MA? Do you want to know how to better support their mental health...Read more
UMass Bilingual Language Development Lab Language Study for Ages 4-6
The Inside Track, A PPAL Family Mental Health Briefing
The Inside Track, A Family Mental Health Briefing: Webinar, July 26th, with the PPal of Massachusetts. Our children’s mental health system had gaps and flaws before the pandemic. COVID-19 only made things worse. However, there are growing efforts to make improvements in schools, insurance, crisis care and family support. Get updated on new resources, news, legislative changes and advocacy efforts that affect youth and families...Read more
Understanding and Managing Meltdowns, 103
Understanding and Managing Meltdowns 103: Webinar, August 3rd, with the MGH Aspire Program Lexington, MA. Free. For parents / caregivers of elementary school-aged children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or a similar social profile who have already completed the Understanding and Managing Meltdowns 101 & 102 workshops, or who have had intermediate level education and exposure.....Read more
Parent Consultant Training Institute For Massachusetts Families: Summer 2022
Parent Consultant Training Institute (PTCI) For Massachusetts Families: Online, through August 8th, with The Federation for Children with Special Needs. Designed to provide parents and professionals with a solid foundation in special education laws, procedures, and related subjects. Develop your knowledge to support your own child in special education or to becoming an advocate...Read more

Inclusive Recreation for All Ages

Adapted Bike Evaluations
Adapted Bike Evaluations: Natick, July 30th. Sign up for an adapted bike evaluation for free, with SMILE Mass. They have teamed up with physical therapists from Boston Children’s Hospital, who will be there to measure and fit children and adults for an adapted bike. Once fitted, they will be able to ride around to try it out. If they fall in love with...Read more
Western Mass Down Syndrome Support Group Summer Family Gathering
Western Mass Down Syndrome Congress Summer Family Gathering: Florence, July 23rd. A Family Gathering at a local playground with a mini shelter, playground, and water spray park. Please bring your own food and drinks. The hosts will bring some fun activities for the kids. You must RSVP to Sarah Cullen by email with the total number of...Read more
Introduction to Adaptive Cycling in Massachusetts
Introduction to Adaptive Cycling: Boston, July 23rd. For summer 2022,the Boys & Girls club of Dorchester is offering Introduction to Cycling Clinics with the Northeast Passage. They will have adaptive bikes for participants to try, or the option of bringing their own bikes to ride around with friends. No experience is necessary....Read more
Sensory-Friendly Open Barnyard in Hingham
Sensory-Friendly Open Barnyard: Hingham, July 23rd. Meet ponies, llama, and potbellied pig. Interact with goats, sheep, chickens. and black and white belted Galloway cattle. On your way down to the barnyard, enjoy the StoryWalk™. * During this program, the barnyard is closed to the general public and headcount is limited. Pre-registration...Read more
Hearts and Hands Therapy Services for the Worcester Area - *ABA  * SPEECH THERAPY  *OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY  *PHYSICAL THERAPY.Contact us today!
Find Sensory-Friendly Movies on our Inclusive Movies Page (2)
Sensory-Friendly Movies:
Burlington, Framingham, Methuen, N. Dartmouth, Tyngsboro
"Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank", 7/23
“Thor: Love and Thunder”, 7/27
O'Neil Cinemas: Littleton, MA, Epping, NH
"Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank", 7/23
“DC League of Super-Pets”, 7/30
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Easterseals Ma Adaptive Swim: Worcester
Easterseals MA Adaptive Swim: Worcester July & August. Free. For ages 5 -12, and 13+ with disabilities and their families. This adaptive recreational swim program (these are not swim lessons) will be led by aquatics instructors and a lifeguard. Groups participate in safety activities and water games that maximize independence in water...Read more
Open Swim for Special Needs Families in the Holyoke communities
Open Swim for Special-Needs Families: With the Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults at JERICHO in Western Massachusetts, through September 14th. Free. Family pool time for people with disabilities and their families. Includes a picnic tables, a playground, wheel chair swing and Mommy and Me swing. Participants are required to...Read more
Adaptive Sailing for ages 6 - 18 with Visual & Mobility Impairments: Boston
Adaptive Sailing for ages 6 - 18 with Visual & Mobility Impairments: Boston. Through August 31st, with Adaptive Sports New England. Free. Sailors ages 6-18 who have a visual or mobility impairment will meet to learn the basics of sailing. Parents and siblings may join sailors by...Read more
Berklee School of Music Program ABLE Day Sessions Summer Music Program for Musicians with Disabilities
Adaptive Kayaking in Massachusetts' Parks
Adaptive Kayaking in Massachusetts' Parks: Concord, Goshen, Natick, Worcester, through August 30th. The State of Massachusetts DCR Universal Access program offers adaptive and accessible kayaking in state parks. This includes small groups outings to allow enjoying the...Read more
Adaptive Kayaking: East Sandwich & North Shore
Adaptive Kayaking: East Sandwich & North Shore Through September 7th, in Brewster, Charlestown, South Hamilton, with Spaulding Rehabilitation. For all abilities and ages - there are some limitations. For paddling solo or in tandem, they have a fleet of kayaks that offer extra seating support, one-handed paddling or the use of foot-pedals...Read more
Adaptive Cycling in Eastern Massachusetts
Adaptive Cycling in Eastern Massachusetts Charlestown, Peabody and Brewster, through- October 19th, with Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. All abilities welcome.
Cycle options include adult and child size 3-wheeled recumbent hand and leg-cycles, tandem cycles...Read more

Transition & Adult Events

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"Rev Up MA" Disability Conference 2022
2022 "REV UP MA" Conference: Virtual Event, July 21, with the Disability Law Center, Inc. Free. This conference will highlight barriers to accessible voting in Massachusetts, how to get out the disability vote, and more. Active coalition partners include: Mass. Developmental Disabilities Council, Mass. Advocates...Read more
Puberty for Young Adults with Disabilities: What You Might Have Missed in Middle School Clinic
Puberty Clinic for Young Adults with Disabilities: What You Might Have Missed in Middle School Clinic: July & August , with Milestones of Hadley. For ages 16-22. Designed for students of all abilities to foster confidence and competence in a way that is fun and comfortable...Read more
Planning a Life for a Special Needs Family Member in Massachusetts
What Does Independence Mean to Me? Webinar, July 21st, with SPaN Massachusetts. A panel of youth/young adults with disabilities will discuss what independence means to them and what skills helped them towards that goal. Too often we discuss independence without involving young adults in the conversation. Being independent will look different to each of them and it's important..Read more
Autism Housing Pathways Membership Meeting
Autism Housing Pathways Membership Meeting: Webinar, July 27th, with Autism Housing Pathways of Bedford, MA, This is a business meeting, discussing updates on governmental affairs that affect disability housing, family training, other outreach efforts, and a summary...Read more
Preparing for Life after High School Summer Program for Youth with Disabilities in Boston
Preparing for Life after High School Summer Program for Youth with Disabilities: In-person and online programs in Dorchester, Chelsea and Boston, through August 19th, with the Boston Center for Independent Living. For students with disabilities ages 14-22. Topics will include: * Work Skills * Interview skills * Professionalism * Exploration of college and other post-secondary education options...Read more
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Self-Directed Disability Services with the DDS
Self-Directed Disability Services with the DDS Webinar Series, August 3rd & 31st, with the Mass Department of Developmental Services. Hear how participants and their families can design individualized services to meet their needs through the Participant Directed Program or Agency with Choice. Self-Direction gives people the...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
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Assistive Technology/Medically Complex Events in Massachusetts

Autism & Asperger Workshops & Events in Massachusetts

Special Needs Financial & Legal Help in Massachusetts

Down Syndrome & II/ID Events in Massachusetts

Recreation for Families with Special Needs in Massachusetts

Family Mental Health Workshops in Massachusetts

Special Needs Camps & Camp Fairs Massachusetts