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Summer Camp IS Happening. This week we are sharing Virtual Summer & Camp Fairs for Massachusetts families hosted by the Boston Parents Paper. If you know of an organization hosting a summer fair, you may send it to us via our Event Suggestion page.

More January Events Include:
• Caregiving Around the Clock: Getting Through The Day
• Assistive Technology for Special-Needs Students
• Adaptive Basketball, Futsal, Zumba and Winter Fun
• Virtual Support in a Pandemic for Teens & Young Adults
• Project Explore for Teens Ages 16-19 with the MDSC

Planning future events safely is shining some light on what hopefully will be a better year for all. Sharon Marie.
Boston Parents Paper Virtual Camp Fairs 2021
Boston Parents Paper’s 2021 Virtual Camp & Summer Expos. Not disability specific. January, February and March virtual dates will feature exhibits and staff from 65+ camp and summer programs for all ages from across the state...Read more (scroll all the way down or to the right)

    Introduction to Social Emotional Learning
    Mental Health & the IEP: Webinar January 25th, with PPal of Massachusetts. Mental health can be accommodated through the IEP process. Learn how you can use the process to advocate for your child to get the help they need while learning remotely or in-person...Read more

    Caregiving Around the Clock: Getting Through The Day Webinar, January 28th, with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and The Arc of Massachusetts. Strategies and a group discussion facilitated by Michael Bloom, author The Accident Caregiver’s Survival Guide: Your Roadmap to Caregiving without Regret...Read more
    Telehealth for Pediatric OT & PT in School-Based Practice
    Common Concerns for Parents with In-Home Behavioral ABA Services: Webinar, January 26, with the Leominster SEPAC. Hear what are the top concerns for parents getting ABA Behavioral services, about wait lists, how to beat them, how to keep good boundaries, how to determine the correct hours for ABA and...Read more
    Kids, Technology & Screen Time During the Summer of COVID-19
    Assistive Technology for Special-Needs Students: Webinar, January 28th, with the Boston Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SPEDPac). Speakers - Aubrey Rubin, Schools Coordinator of Assistive Technology and Vanessa (Nessie) Ruiz, Tech Goes Home Program Manager....Read more
    Autism Insurance: Advocacy & Beyond: Webinar, February 3, with UMass Lowell Center for Autism Research & Education. Amy Weinstock, the Center's Director, will discuss how grassroots advocacy efforts changed the system of care for people with autism, and cover current information on insurance coverage for autism...Read more
    Special Needs Advocacy Workshop for Parents in Massachusetts
    Developing a Safety Plan in the IEP: Webinar, February 5, with SPaN of Massachusetts. Participants will learn how the IEP can best be used as a tool to increase the safety of a child, thereby increasing the safety of all children and educators that interact with them in the school...Read more

    Special-Needs Recreation

    Sports Futsal Adaptive Futsal for Special Needs Families in Massachusetts
    Challenger Adaptive Futsal: Through 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

    Special Olympics Live Young Athletes Story Time Summer Series Webinar Computer African American
    Special Olympics Live Virtual Young Athletes Story Times: Winter & Spring 2021. Join SOMA for their Young Athletes Story Time series for ages 2-12. SOMA will be reading a fun book each week with light movements to go along with the stories. * Parents and their children will alternate each week reading the stories...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, Winter 2021, 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

    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

    Especially for Me - Deaf, Hard of Hearing & KODA Infants and Toddlers: Acton, January 31. A reservation-only event. KODA refers to a child who is being raised by deaf parents or guardians. ASL Interpreters will be available. Musuem campus during this special event is closed to the general public...Read more

    Transition to Adult Event Events

    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
    Virtual Social Groups for Teens with Special Needs in Massachusetts
    Virtual Support in a Pandemic & Beyond for Teens & Young Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Online, January 27th, 2021, with the Lurie Center in Lexington, MA. This will be an open discussion of the unique opportunities the virtual space provides for authentic social connection, and skill development for individuals on the spectrum...Read more
    MDSC AIM Program 2015 492e8f49-9256-4d5d-86b7-83fcd0ab97e6 (2)
    Project Explore for Teens Ages 16-19 with the Mass Down Syndrome Congress: Virtual Series, January 24th, and Winter & Spring 2021, with the Mass Down Syndrome Congress. The MDSC AIM groups is offering this Project Explore program for teens ages 16-19. * Project Explore's first session, called Base Camp: Getting to Know You and Each Other , will be held ...Read more
    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, Winter 2021, 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
    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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