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Newsletter Massachusetts Special Needs Events for Winter 2020
Special-Needs Educational & Holidays Info - Virtual events, webinars, recreation, and support throughout Massachusetts for ALL families with special needs.

December events include:
• Holiday Drive or Walk-Thru Light Shows
• Parent and Sibling Support Groups
• Transition-to-Adult Events

As always, scroll down to see upcoming Recreation and Transition-to-Adult opportunities.
Our December 28th issue will have exciting 2021 new events for you!
Have a wonderful Holiday. Sharon Marie.
Special Olympics Live Young Athletes Story Time Summer Series Webinar Computer African American

Parent Support Group of Children Under 18 with II & ID

Webinars, through January 2021, with Vinfen of Cambridge, MA. Getting “cabin fever” from COVID-19? Want to chat with some other parents who are feeling the same way? * Join Vinfen’s Family …Read more
Virtual Therapeutic Recreation Navigator Club for youth with special needs in Massachusetts (

Virtual Special-Need Siblings Sib Shops

Online line groups, through January 2021, with the JFCS of Newton / Waltham, MA. A free support group for kids ages 8-14 who have siblings with special needs...Read more
Doing What Matters: Fierce Compassion & Committed Action in ABA workshop in Massachusetts

What Are ABA Services?

Webinar, December 21, with., Boston Public Schools Parent University. The Assistant Director of Transition with the Boston Public Schools Special Education Department will be the speaker …Read more
ABLE Account in Massachusetts Overview - Attainable Savings Plan

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

Special-Needs Recreation

Sensory- Friendly Ice Skating Recreational Therapy Program

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

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. * COVID-19 Protocols...Read more
Special Olympics of Massachusetts Virtual Dance

Special Olympics of Massachusetts Virtual Dance

Online, December 19th. Join in with the athletes, coaches and volunteers of working to chang the way the world sees individuals with intellectual disabilities. * Information about your current...Read more
Running and Walking Program with Special Olympics Massachusetts Hanover

Walking & Running Clubs with Special Olympics Massachusetts

Winter 2020. Get some fresh air with Special Olympics Massachusetts. December programs being held in Cambridge, Marlborough, and New Bedford. …Read more on our Special Olympics Massachusetts page

Holiday Drive or Walk Thru Events

* Attleboro: La Salette Christmas Lights Walk Through
* Foxboro: Drive Through "Magic of Lights"
* Haverhill: Drive Through Holiday Light Show
* Lancaster: Drive-Through Holiday Light Show
* Loudon, NH: Drive Through "Gift of Lights"
* Marshfield: Drive-Through Holiday Light Show
* Middleboro: Drive-Thru Festival Of Lights, December 12th & 13th
* Northhampton/Florence: Drive-Through Holiday Lights
* Southwick: Winter Wonderland Drive Thru Tour
* Stoneham: Zoo Lights Holiday Walk Through
Read more on our Recreation Page

Transition to Adult Event Events

Self-Directed Services with the DDS

Webinar Series, January 6th - March 9th 2021, 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 and direct their own services, thus providing people with more options.
* Self-Direction gives people the opportunity to use their allotted DDS Budget to purchase supports and services that meet their needs and goals.
* This enables the principal of self-determination...
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EXCEL Program Blocks September 2020 at Bridgewater State University (BSU) JUNE 2020

Social Security for Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Webinar, December 21st, with the Northeast Arc of Danvers, MA.For families of Adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder without an Intellectual Disability...Read more
Young Adults with Disabilities and Aspergers College: Before, During & After

“Preparing for College Success”

Virtual Classes, December 28th & 30th, 2020, with the Boston Center for Independent Living. Learn about post-secondary education options, college applications, requesting disability accommodations, financial aid and scholarships …Read more
MetroWest Regional Disability Transition Fair for Special-Needs Teens and Young Adults

Best Buddies for Western Massachusetts

Virtual Meetings with Kehillah JCC Springfield. Best Buddies is a non-profit global organization that creates 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
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