Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events Newsletter for February & March 2021
Massachusetts' Special Needs Events for Summer 2021
Caregivers are balancing summer fun while watching the Massachusetts' Covid-19 back-to-school, day habilitation program & workplace updates. The workshop "Updates of School Reopening in Massachusetts" is one upcoming event that covers school concerns for families.
For August Events, Find:
• Updates of School Reopening in Massachusetts
• Campamento de Abogacia Advocacy
• Summer Fair For Kids With Disabilities:
• Sensory-Friendly Days at Mass Audubon
• Accessible Beaches/Wheelchairs, Pools & Spray Decks
Transition to Adult Events Include:
• Merrimack Valley Self Advocates Group
• Brigham & Women’s Hospital Virtual Support Group for Caregivers of Adults 18+ with Developmental Disabilities:
• Transition to Adulthood Autism Workshop,
The sun is finally out - more please! Sharon Marie
Updates of School Reopening in Massachusetts for Families with Special Needs
Updates of School Reopening in Massachusetts: Webinar, August 17, with the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Updates for School Reopening: Up-to-date DESE Guidance. Topics will include: Covid-compensatory services, Changes to the hospital and home school form, Evaluations, Districts trying to take students off of IEPs or switch to 504 plans without evaluations...Read more
Adaptive Summer Sports in Massachusetts:
Adaptive Summer Sports: In Acton, Boston and Waltham, with Adaptive Sports New England. Find seated and standing adaptations or adaptive paddles for Cycling, Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand-up Paddling, Tennis and Windsurfing. Not all sports available at all locations. Each sport is adapted to fit every individual’s needs, certified trainers on site...Read more
Productive Screen Time for Kids This Summer! NEURODIVERSE children (autism, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, etc.) in grades 3 -8.  Fun, online logic puzzles and games. Takes approximately 45 minutes, and is remote and anonymous. $20 Gift Card for Participation! Sign up to participate
"Lives in the Balance" Behavioral Summit With Dr. Ross Greene
Lives in the Balance Behavioral Summit Virtual Event, August 5 & 6, with Dr. Ross Greene, of Portland, ME. Collaborative & Proactive Solutions is a model Dr. Greene describes his books The Explosive Child, and Lost at School. It focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behavior, collaborative solutions, proactive intervention, and research-based tools for assessment and intervention....Read more
Campamento de Abogacia Special-Needs Advocacy for Spanish Speaking Caregivers
Campamento de Abogacia Advocacy: On-line training, July 31st, with Mass Families Organizing for Change. Free. The Central Region invites families who speak Spanish and are caring for children who are eligible/likely eligible for services from the Mass Department of Developmental Services to participate. Open to primary caregivers of young children up to age 10 with developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses, and/or complex medical...Read more
Summer Fair For Kids With Disabilities
Summer Fair For Kids With Disabilities: with the Knights of Columbus of the Greater Chelmsford communities, August 8th. Free to Kids with disabilities and their families. Typical age of those attending is 5 - 30.
* Over 17 games, a craft corner, parachutes activities and prizes awarded....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
Floating Beach Chairs Available at Massachusetts & New England Beaches
Floating Beach Chairs Available at Massachusetts & New England Beaches: SMILE Mass has donated Floating Beach Wheelchairs to public beaches in Massachusetts. These wheelchairs can roll from the parking lot, across the sand, and right into the water, allowing those with special needs to access the beach...Read more
Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks:
Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks: Outdoor Swimming Pool Lifts are at all of the State Parks and Recreation's pools to provide access to the water. Several pools also have ramps into the water or offer zero-depth entry. Select pools and spray decks also have beach wheelchairs for use. Contact the pool or spray deck to reserve a beach wheelchair or for...Read more
Accessible Beaches/Beach Wheelchairs in Massachusetts
Accessible Beaches/Beach Wheelchairs in Massachusetts: Find sand and sunbathing beach wheelchairs in Massachusetts state parks with the DCR Universal Access Program. You will need to bring your own Coast Guard certified personal flotation device to use a floating beach wheelchair. It is best to call in advance to make a reservation to use a chair, especially... Read more

Special-Needs Recreation

Surfing with Smiles, Hampton, NH, August 5th
Surfing with Smiles, Hampton, NH, August 5th. Free. An event for people with special needs and abilities to learn how to surf. Open to all ages. Join in on a night of surfing, beach games, and more. Surfing with Smiles' aim it to help build confidence and sense of reward, enjoying the beach, playing in the water, or staying dry on land and playing beach games. Registration is required for...Read more
Sensory-Friendly Days with the Massachusetts Audubon Society
Sensory-Friendly Days with Mass Audubon: Many locations offer "All Persons Trails" with wide, flat, ADA-accessible paths. August 18th - Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, Belmont, 4 p.m., August 20th - Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick, 8 a.m., August 23rd - Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuarys - Natick, 10:00 a.m., Worcester, 4:00 p.m...Read more (scroll through the page find the date/location of each
Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs - Now enrolling Fall 2021 Classes in Boston! Accepting All Disabilities and All Ages! Visit
Extra Mile Walking and Running with Special Olympics Massachusetts Chelmsford
Xtra Mile Walking & Running Clubs with Special Olympics Massachusetts: In Chelmsford, Leominster, and Worcester. Check with each program for COVID-19...Read more (Scroll down the page to find ..)
Adaptive Recumbent Trike Rentals in Western Mass
Adaptive Recumbent Trike Rentals in Western Mass Northhampton, Summer 2021. Trikes will be available for rent to use on the nearby Manhan Rail Trail. Appointments only - no walks ins. Accessible cycles available include hand cycles, tandems, adult tricycles, and cycles offering more significant seating support...Read more
Open Swim for Special-Needs Families in Western Mass
Open Swim for Special-Needs Families in Western Mass Holyoke, Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults at JERICHO, August 2021. Free. Family pool times for people with disabilities and their families. Picnic tables on the grass and a playground with wheel chair swing and Mommy and Me swing are also available. Read more
Para Track Meet & Running Clinic in Braintree
Para Track Meet & Running Clinic: Braintree, August 7th. The Adaptive Sports New England 2021 Track Meet and Running Clinic is a competition for youth and adult wheelchair racers and runners with and without disabilities in specific categories. There will also be a Running Clinic hosted by 2021 Paralympians...Read more

Transition & Adult Events

COMPASS College Success Program at Perkins in Watertown. A Virtual Enrichment Program for Blind and Visually Impaired High Schoolers, Their Families and TVIs. LEARN MORE TODAY visit
The Merrimack Valley Self Advocates Meeting
Merrimack Valley Self Advocates Virtual Event, August 12, with the Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, MA. Meet new people, Hear motivational speakers, Share what’s working...Read more
Autism Housing Pathways Membership Meeting
Autism Housing Pathways Membership Meeting: Webinar, August 4th, with Autism Housing Pathways in Bedford, MA. This is a business meeting, discussing governmental affairs, recent and planned workshops and clinics, fundraising, and policies and procedures. Autism Housing Pathways is committed to...Read more
Virtual Support Group for Caregivers of Adults 18+ with Developmental Disabilities:
Virtual Support Group for Caregivers of Adults 18+ with Developmental Disabilities: August 5th - 26th, with Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston. Participants do not need to be a patient at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to join in. This is a community outreach support group for caregivers of adults (18 years old and older) with developmental disabilities. The group aims...Read more
On Campus College Experience for Students with Diverse Learning, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities - in Cambridge, MA, with Threshold Program At Lesley University . Learn more at this link
Transition to Adulthood Autism Workshop for Massachusetts' Caregivers
Transition to Adulthood Autism Workshop, East Sandwich, August 5th. Free. Part of a Summer Autism Lecture Series for the public. August 5: Transition to Adulthood: Navigating the Challenges and Finding Opportunities for those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder in Massachusetts. Topics include healthcare, education, employment, public benefits, state agencies...Read more
Introduction to Sexuality Considerations for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Introduction to Sexuality Considerations for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Webinar, August 12th, with MGH Aspire. Open to parents and caregivers of individuals with ASD. Discuss how the features and associated features of an Asperger/autism profile can impact sexuality. Challenges and interventions will be explored through multiple...Read more
LGBTQIA+ Group for Teens & Young Adults with Special Needs in Western Mass
LGBTQIA+ Group for Teens & Young Adults with Special Needs in Western Mass: Virtual Classes, through August 21st, with Whole Children of Hadley. LGBTQIA+ Group is a place where you can meet other folks your age with the same or similar identity to you. Discuss issues unique to the LGBTQIA+ community. Find support, community building, self-advocacy...Read more
An Inclusive College Experience for Students with Learning Differences. The EXCEL Program at Bridgewater State College, in Bridgewater, MA. Bridgewater State University,  Bridgewater, MA. Visit Our Website to Sign Up for an Info Session! • August 10th, 2021 - 9 a.m. • September 14th, 2021 - 2 p.m. • October 29th, 2021 - 9 a.m.
Summer Skills Academy for Visually Impaired Teens & Young Adults
Summer Skills Academy for Visually Impaired Teens & Young Adults: Watertown, through August 13. For ages 13-22. Teens who are visually impaired face situations where they must utilize problem solving, teamwork, personal management, and more. This residential program offers skills training, socialization and recreational activities...Read more
Boundaries & Relationships for Teens & Young Adults with Special Needs
Boundaries & Relationships for Teens & Young Adults with Special Needs: On Line, through August 21st, with Whole Children of Hadley, MA. For ages 16+ with special needs. Want to make a friend? Get a date? This class lays the groundwork for a life full of meaningful, healthy and safe relationships. Students move through the Whole Selves’ relationships curriculum....Read more
Worcester Regional Authority Paratransit Services Workshop
WRTA Paratransit Services Workshop Webinar, September 13, with THRIVE of Marlborough, MA. Learn more about the complementary paratransit service in the Worcester area for individuals with a disability that prevents them from using the accessible fixed bus routes. Riders must apply for ADA service and be...Read more
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Special Needs Camps & Camp Fairs Massachusetts

Recreation for Families with Special Needs in Massachusetts

Special Needs Financial & Legal Help in Massachusetts

Autism & Asperger Workshops & Events in Massachusetts

Down Syndrome & II/ID Events in Massachusetts

Assistive Technology/Medically Complex Events in Massachusetts

Family Mental Health Workshops in Massachusetts