Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events Newsletter AUGUST 2022
Massachusetts Disability Events December 15 2022 NEWSLETTER (7)
Our 2023 look into Massachusetts' events for families with special needs includes: Siblings Supports, Camp Fairs (non disability), Meeting the Mass Dept. of Mental Health Commissioners, and a Family Advocacy Roundtable.
Transition workshops will cover Housing Options and Finding Public Benefits for Adults with Aspergers /Autism.
January 2023 Events Include:
• Advocacy Roundtable for Massachusetts' Families
• All Ages Inclusive Recreation for Winter 2023
• Bureau of Special Education Appeals
Transition-to-Adult Events Include:
• Housing Options for Those w/ a Developmental Disability
• Public Benefits for Adults with Aspergers & Autism.
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday! Sharon Marie
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Supporting Siblings of Youth with Autism, Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health Needs
Supporting Siblings of Youth with Autism, Developmental Disabilities & Mental Health Needs: Virtual Event, January 5th, with UMass Chan Medical School | Shriver Center. Free. A Family-Centered Mental Health Initiative program for caregivers and siblings in Massachusetts. Do you have a child with behavioral challenges? Do you have other children who are impacted? If so, caregivers and siblings are...Read more
Lunchtime Advocacy Roundtable for Massachusetts' Families
Advocacy Roundtable for Massachusetts' Families: Webinar, January 10th, with the Massachusetts' Family Leadership Series, in partnership with Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Multicultral Community Services of the Pioneer Valley, Riverside Community Care, and the Nemasket Group. Network with Advocacy Allies at these lunchtime sessions...Read more
Inclusive Fitness Block ad Workout and Exercise Program for All Abilities in West Roxbury MA Contact us Today! 617-901-0081
Meet Department of Mental Health Commissioners
Meet the Department of Mental Health Commissioners: Virtual Town Hall, January 10th, 2023 with PPaL of Massachusetts. PPaL Statewide Meetings are only for people with lived experience - Family Members, Family and Support Specialists, and Caregivers. Guest DMH presenters: Brooke Doyle, Kelly English...Read more

    Special Education Accountability & Determinations Focus Group
    Special Education Accountability & Determinations Focus Group: Virtual Event, January 11th, with the FCSN in Massachusetts and the Mass Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). Help the DESE set targets for 2023. All groups will provide interpretation in ...Read more
    Bureau of Special Education Appeals "Mediation & Facilitation"
    Bureau of Special Education Appeals "Mediation & Facilitation" Webinar, January 12th, with the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals. This interactive presentation will give a general overview of the BSEA mediation and facilitation processes, the roles of Mediators and Facilitators, how to prepare for mediation, what to expect from BSEA mediation/facilitation, etc....Read more
    Brooke School in Boston - Our School Supports All Children with Unique Abilities, Including Those with Disabilities, to Succeed at the Highest Level. Contact us today!
    Summer Camp Fairs 2023 in Massachusetts
    2023 Camp Fairs (not disability specific) in Massachusetts:
    Boston Parents Paper’s 2023 Virtual Camp & Summer Expo: Online from January to June
    Sudbury Summer Camp & Opportunities Fair: 1/23
    Teen Summer Expos: Newton & Lexington: 2/6 & 7
    Boston Camp Fair: February 11th...Read more
    Autism 101: For Parents Of Newly Diagnosed Children
    Autism 101: For Parents Of Newly Diagnosed Children Webinar Series, January & February, with the Lurie Center in Lexington. Autism 101 provides interactive lesson, question and answer sessions and the opportunity to connect with other families with newly diagnosed children with autism.
    If you’ve found yourself typing “my child diagnosed with autism” into the google search bar, this group will...
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    National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts: 2023/24 Scholarships Deadline, January 30, 2023. The National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts is offering up to three scholarships. All applicants must: Be legally blind or have a visual impairment that requires the applicant to obtain services from a teacher of the visually impaired, be a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, plan to pursue a full-time, postsecondar study in...Read more

      Inclusive Recreation - All Ages

      Sensory & Inclusive Holiday Events in Massachusetts
      Sensory Friendly & Inclusive Holiday Events
      Boston: Sensory-Friendly Performance of the Nutcracker
      Northampton: Santa's Train Sensory Afternoon
      Springfield: Inclusive New Year's Eve Celebration

      Plus Holiday Walk or Drive through events in: Attleboro, Carver, Foxboro, Haverhill, Lancaster, Loudon, NH, Marshfield, Mendon, Methuen, Northhamton and Stoneham.
      All listed on our Recreation Page (left column).
      Kung-Fu for Special Needs: Northampton
      Indonesian Kung-Fu for Special Needs Ages 6 - 12: Northampton: With Milestones , January 9th - March 11th, 2023. For ages 6 - 12 with special needs. In Indonesian Kung-Fu, or “Silat”, students learn both physical and verbal self-defense and martial arts skills, with a focus on cooperation, respect, increasing self-awareness, and self-control. Students earn belts and stripes at their own pace, while learning the values of hard work and determination...Read more
      Art Explorations for Special Needs: Northampton
      Art Explorations for Special Needs: Northampton: January 9th - March 11th, with Whole Children. For ages 13+ to adult including beginners. The class offers little bit of everything: drawing, painting, printmaking, fiber arts, and collage. Learn a new artistic technique, practice a known one, or bring one of those unfinished projects from home that you just haven’t gotten around to finishing...Read more
      Berklee School of FALL 2022 Music Program for People with Disabilities of ALL Ages. Sign up today!
      Find Sensory-Friendly Movies on our Inclusive Movies Page (2)
      Sensory Friendly Movies:
      “Avatar – Way of Water”
      O’Neil Cinemas, Littleton: 12/24
      AMC Theaters: 12/28
      “Puss in Boots – The Last Wish”
      O’Neil Cinemas, Littleton: 1/7
      “The Amazing Maurice”
      O’Neil Cinemas, Littleton: 1/21...Read more
      Therapeutic Horseback Riding: Burlington
      Therapeutic Horseback Riding: Burlington / Andover, January 3rd - February 22nd,, with the Burlington Recreation Department. There will be an initial evaluation required for all new riders. Space and schedule availability is limited. Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm is a therapeutic riding program. The movement of the horse strengthens the development of fine and gross motor skills and ...Read more
      Youth Para Swim Lessons: Quincy
      Youth Para Swim Lessons: Quincy. January 8th - March 26th, 2023, with Adaptive Sports New England. This program is for youth with a physical or visual impairment who are beginner or intermediate swimmers and who demonstrate typical cognitive and behavioral development. Lessons are staffed by experienced swim teachers. Lessons are generally taught at a 1 to 1...Read more
      Youth Wheelchair Basketball in Quincy
      Youth Wheelchair Basketball in Quincy: January 8th - March 25th, 2023, with Adaptive Sports New England and Franciscan Children’s. Weekly wheelchair basketball practice for youth 5- 21. Wheelchair basketball brings athletes together to learn and enjoy playing the sport of wheelchair basketball. For players affected by Spina Bifida, spinal cord injuries, Cerebral palsy, leg ...Read more
      Special Olympics Basketball for Westboro Massachusetts for special needs
      TOPS Inclusive Basketball in Wellesley: January 8th - February 12th, 2023. TOPS Basketball is a program for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities in grades K-8. Adapted activities include warm-up, station work, and small-sided games. These activities allow players to learn the skills necessary for passing, dribbling and shooting. Each athlete is paired with a...Read more
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      Adaptive & Inclusive Hip Hop Dance: Millis
      Adaptive & Inclusive Hip Hop Dance: Millis: Through March 2023, with the Millis, MA, Recreation Department. For ages 13 - 22. The Exhale adaptive and inclusive dance program incorporates appropriate dance styles for individuals with special needs. Includes upbeat dancing, stretching and coordination building skills. Masks will be ...Read more
      Adaptive Skating for All Ages Across Massachusetts
      Adaptive Skating for All Ages Across Massachusetts: Brockton, East Boston, Holyoke & Worcester, Winter 2022 & 2023. Free admission and equipment use. Ice sleds, skate walkers, helmets, ice grippers are also available. Activities may include obstacle courses, a block tower, races, colorful balls and pucks to shoot around, and gently..Read more

      Transition & Adult Events

      Housing options for people with disabilities in Massachusetts
      Housing Options for Family Members with a Developmental Disability: Webinar, January 6th, with Communitas of Wakefield and The Arc of Greater Haverill- Newburyport Family Support Center. Catherine Boyle from Autism Housing Pathways will present a four-part series to help families learn steps they can take toward housing...Read more
      Disability Listening & Learning Forum with the Mass Rehab Commission
      Disability Listening & Learning Forum with the Mass Rehab Commission: Webinar, January 10th, 2023, with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. The MRC helps individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. MRC is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Living, and Disability Determination for federal benefit programs...Read more
      Embracing Neurodiversity for Successful Transition to Adulthood
      Embracing Neurodiversity for Successful Transition to Adulthood: Webinar, January 10th, 2023, with the SPaN in Massachusetts. This presentation will explore individual nervous systems and learning styles and how these inform the way we prepare autistic individuals' for transition to adulthood using a strengths-based approach...Read more
      2023 Update: How to Find Public Benefits for Adults with Aspergers/Autism in Any State
      2023 Update: How to Find Public Benefits for Adults with Aspergers/Autism in Any State: Webinar, January 17th, 2023, with the AANE in Watertown, MA. Free. Designed for autistic adults, their parents, other adult family members, and partners of these individuals. Hear about accessing services that are specifically allocated for autistic individuals who do not have a diagnosis of intellectual disability...Read more
      Epic Community Service for Disabilities: Boston & Worcester
      Epic Community Service for Disabilities: Boston & Worcester: Application Deadline - January 31, 2023. EPIC Service Warriors is a service-learning and leadership development program for youth with disabilities between the ages of 16-23. EPIC Service Warriors meet for one year to participate in community service projects in the cities of Boston and Worcester...Read more
      College Prep Mentoring Program for Neurodiverse High School Students
      College Prep Mentoring Program for Neurodiverse High School Students: ln Person and Virtual Options, enrolling now for February 2023. The Center for Autism Research and Education at UMass Lowell is offering the “Horizons”, mentoring program for neurodiverse college students. Horizons is a college preparation mentoring program for neurodiverse (e.g. autism, ADHD, learning disabilities) high-school juniors or seniors (or recent graduates) who plan to go to college. High school students meet with...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