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Massachusetts Special-Needs Events & Programs. Find support for your child or young adult in 2021. Special-education appeals, inclusion, behavior, transitioning-to-adult services and more are all topics ushering in the new year.

January Events Include:
• Special-Education Appeals Review for Massachusetts
• "Lives in the Balance" Behavioral Summit
• Adaptive Recreation for All Ages
• Transition Planning: Basic Rights
• Self-Directed Transition with the DDS

We hope the events help you and your family through these difficult times. Stay safe and well! Sharon Marie.

Special Education Appeals: Updates & Analysis

Webinar, January 15th, 2021. Hear a special education attorney review the 2020 Bureau of Special Education case rulings from across Massachusetts. The selection of cases will reflect those which may represent trends...Read more

Successful Inclusion in a Time of Social Distancing

Successful Inclusion in a Time of Social Distancing

Webinar, January 9th, with the 321 Foundation in Burlington, MA. Learn how to structure an effective learning environment, whether it is in-person or remote, using activities, tools, and support ...Read more
Webinar for families with Autism in Massachusetts

Basic Rights in Special Ed-Understanding the IEP

Webinar, January 13th, with the Brookline SEPAC. A workshop for caregivers that explains the IEP Document, why it is important, types of services that may be included...Read more

Executive Function & Hybrid Education with Sarah Ward

Executive Function & Hybrid Education

Webinar, January 12th, with the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society. Open to parents and professionals. Students with executive function challenges and ADHD are having difficulty with the hybrid and online educational models. Hear executive...Read more

Marcelle Ciampi Everyday Aspergers author

Adventures of a Female Professional on the Autism Spectrum

Webinar, January 14th, with an Advocacy Group in Foxborough, MA. Guest speaker Marcelle Ciampi (aka Samantha Craft) will discuss her memoir Everyday Aspergers: A Journey on the Autism Spectrum...Read more

Supporting Your Child Through Remote Learning

Webinar January 14th, with a learning support center and the Danvers SEPAC. Learn some tips and tricks on motivating your student(s) to be organized, stay on task, and get the most out of virtual instruction...Read more

Group kids friends special education resource fair in Massachusetts

"Lives in the Balance" Behavioral Summit

Virtual Conference, January 21 & 22, with Dr. Ross Greene, of Portland, ME. Collaborative & Proactive Solutions is a model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his books The Explosive Child, Lost at School..Read more

Special-Needs Recreation

Sports Futsal Adaptive Futsal for Special Needs Families in Massachusetts

Challenger Adaptive Futsal

January 13th - February 24th, with the Sudbury Recreation Department. For ages 8 - 14 with a range of special needs. Futsal soccer is indoor soccer, scaled down to small...Read more

Project Ride: For families with special needs in Western Mass

Project Ride:

Springfield, through January 2021, in person. Project RIDE provides special-needs children and young adults with modified tricycles and information about adaptive sports programs in Western Massachusetts....Read more

Zumba Youth with Special Needs in Massachusetts

Virtual Adaptive Zumba Classes

January 12th - March 16th, with the Burlington, MA, Recreation Department. Looking for a way to stay active from home? Get moving and grooving with this Zumba class designed for participants at all ability levels....Read more

Sports Martial Arts for special needs in Western Massachusetts Chicopee

All-Stars Inclusive Karate

Scituate, January 22 - March 5th. Open to all towns. Social distancing protocols will be in place. All-Stars Karate is for kids with special needs, in grades 1-8. This program's goals are to help children improve balance and...Read more

Special Olympics Basketball for Westboro Massachusetts for special needs

Adaptive Basketball For All Ages: Springfield

Springfield, MA, January 13th - March 2nd, with Kehillah at the JCC. Join in to practice, improve and learn new basketball skills. Kehillah is the Special Needs Department of the Springfield JCC...Read more

Virtual "Beyond The Spectrum" Art Classes for Teens

Virtual "Beyond The Spectrum" Art Classes for Teens

Online only, January 16th, 2021, with the Boston MFA. For teens with Autism Spectrum and Aspergers Disorders ages 13 to 18. Focus on specific art topics...Read more

Sensory- Friendly Ice Skating Recreational Therapy

Sensory- Friendly Ice Skating Recreational Therapy

Now through Winter 2021, with the Brookline Recreation Department's. The music will be turned down, and the host will reduce noise and lights. *Ages - please inquire with the host …Read more

Snow Shoe Program for Special Needs Families in Massachusetts

Snowshoeing Recreational Therapy Program

Now through Winter 2021, with the Brookline Recreation Department. Strap on your snowshoes, its time for a fun time in the snow. Dates listed are for the entire winter. The Rec Department will …Read more

Transition to Adult Event Events

Family Young Adult Special Needs Disability Planning in Massachusetts
Adult Family Care (AFC) Special-Needs Workshop

Webinar, January 12, with The Arc of GHN. Adult Family Care is an Arc program funded by MassHealth that pays family or non-family members a monthly tax-free stipend to care for people in a home setting who are...Read more

PLAN for the Future...Now! PLAN of Massachusetts & Rhode Island is a Special-Needs Trust Started by Parents of Children with Special Needs. Contact us today to plan the future of your child. VISIT
Self-Directed Services with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services

Self-Directed Services with the DDS

Webinar Series, through March 9th, with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Learn how Self Directed Services for adults with disabilities can help your family. Self-Direction is a process through which an individual/family can design...Read more

Teen Romance Canva Boundaries for Special Needs young adults workshop in Massachusetts

Boundaries & Relationships Classes

On Line, January 4th - March 13th, with Whole Children of Hadley, MA. This program offer separate classes: INTRO for ages 13 - 17, and Boundaries for ages 18+
About INTRO For ages 13 - 17 with special needs. Participants will learn about issues they’ll...Read more
Planning for a Secure Future: The Special Needs Trust

Planning for a Secure Future: The Special Needs Trust

Webinar, January 13th, with the Minute Man Arc of Concord, MA. A supplemental needs trust should be crafted to fit your family’s needs. Discussion will also include ABLE accounts, Section 8, and the importance of updating wills and other key documents...Read more

Best Buddies for Western Massachusetts

Virtual Open House for Diverse Learners

Online, January 11th, with Threshold at Lesley Univ. in Cambridge, MA. Young adults with diverse learning differences and their caregivers will learn about Independent Living Skills Training, Meet a Panel of Current Students...Read more

Best Buddies for Western Massachusetts

Virtual Meetings with Kehillah JCC Springfield. Opportunities for one to one friendships for people with social, intellectual or developmental disabilities. The Kehillah Best Buddies is now able to accept teens from all Western MA school districts...Read more
School Graduate Introduction to the Transition Planning Process for Special Needs: Holyoke Massachusetts

Basic Rights: Transition Planning

Webinar, January 26, with the Westwood, MA, SEPAC. Basic Rights: Transition Planning will cover: What is Transition and Why is it Important, Student Vision, Self-Determination, and Self-Advocacy, Student and Parent’s Roles, Transition Planning Form....Read more
Hamilton Relay Scholarship for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-blind or Have Difficulty Speaking

Hamilton Relay Scholarship for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-blind or Have Difficulty Speaking

Applications close on January 30th, 2021. For graduating high school seniors in Massachusetts who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to assist in their goals of …Read more
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