Massachusetts’ Disability Events

Massachusetts’ Disability Events 
Statewide Transition Conference for Parents
September 20, 2014, Hogan Center at
Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA

For families of children with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22 
who are transitioning from school into the adult world
For more information visit the Conference Page
For workshop descriptions visit the Workshops page
To register, visit the Registration Page

 Adaptive Fishing Clinic: September 18th, October 9th, 2014, Bridgewater. Designed for the beginner fisherman, and is open for people ages six and above and with all abilities. Instructed by Jim Legacy, Angler Education Program, DCR Universal Access Program. Fees apply. Participants must attend with an adult. All equipment is provided. the Adaptive Fishing Clinic. For more information visit the Bridge Center’s Programs page.  
  Ellie Bloom Olympics: September 20, 2014, Needham. Athletes of all ages and abilities participate in a day of fun and challenging track and field events, such as running, wheelchair dashes, tennis and softball throws, ring tosses, relay races, Frisbee throws and walks, with many medals. awarded. This event is held in memory of Ellie Bloom, a longtime supporter and volunteer of The Charles River Center who worked develop quality programs for her daughter with multiple disabilities and others. For more information contact 781-972-1060 or or visit The Charles River Center.
 Making Peace with Autism  Author to Speak: September 24, 2014, Danvers. The “Laugh, Love And Learn Series” from the Northeast Arc and EMARC present author Susan Senator.
  Ms. Senator is a parent of a young adult with autism, an activist in the Boston area, and author of “Making Peace with Autism”, “The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide”, and “Dirt – A Story about Gardening, Mothering, and Other Messy Business.”  Tickets are $10 at the door. RSVP to  or 781-587- 2223 or visit EMarc.
 Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work: October 1, 2014, Natick. Free and open to the public. This workshop will feature Judy Canty and Carson Graves, authors ofParents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work: An Insider Guide. RSVP to 508-655-9200 or   or visit Academy Metrowest.
 MaryPoppins – Be Prepared for the Team Meeting: October 10th, 2014, Natick. Christine Riley and Jennie DunKley, experienced advocates, will cover IEP meeting-related topics such as:
• What to bring with you to every Team Meeting, and why
• How to prepare for a Team Meeting
• How to act during the meeting, and how to use what you brought
• How to followup after the meeting (with parents, with district).
• How to write measurable goals.
Fees apply. For more information visit the Special Needs Advocacy Network page or contact
 The Fragile X Society of Connecticut Conference: October 18th, 2014, Farmington, CT. For families, educators, therapists and providers who care for children and adults with fragile X-associated disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Understanding and Managing Hyperarousal Throughout the Lifespan is this year’ theme. Presenters are Sarah Scharfenaker and Tracy Murnan Stackhouse. Fees apply. For more information contact  860 – 233-1904 or or visit the Fragile X Society of Connecticut Conference Page.
 Disability and Community Resources & Craft Fair. October 19th 2014: Dartmouth High School Gym, South Dartmouth, 10 – 4 pm.The 2nd Annual South Eastern MA Community Resources & Craft Fair will feature many area disability and community resources for your child or student. There will also be raffles, crafts, specialty art vendors and more. For more information visit The Dartmouth SEPAC page or contact  or 508-207-3015
 Find more Massachusetts Recreation on our Recreation Page


 Inclusive Camps & Activities in Massachusetts for 2014:  From Ayer to Boston to Plymouth, Sturbridge, Worcester and more, camps and programs to help your special child stay busy, engaged and included by enjoying movies, sports, recreation, outings and social activities. See the Camp Page for listings. 
 Boston Museum of Science Disability Prototype Testers: The Boston Museum of Science is seeking visitors with all disabilities to test new exhibit prototypes, explore the museum, and give feedback to help improve their accessibility.
Testing includes free admission to exhibit halls for the day and free parking in the Museum’s garage. To participate and give the Museum feedback fill out their Boston Museum of Science on line form or contact 617-589-4438 or 
 Adaptive Recreation Across Massachusetts: With the DCR’s Universal Access Program:

Viewing deck at the Summit House atop Mount Holyoke at Skinner State Park is now be wheelchair accessible with the ramp opening scheduled for mid-June, for a spectacular view of the Connecticut River Valley.
Mount Tom State Reservation has a new accessible trail leading to a viewing bridge on Lake Bray.
Mt. Greylock State Reservation has several new accessible interpretive and signage exhibits open.
Scusset Beach has a new accessible boardwalk over the dunes and two new beach wheelchairs that roll into the water
More information can be found on the on the State of Massachusetts DCR Universal Access Program Page. 
Sensory Friendly Films are now on the Recreation Page.
 Free Disability Parent Workshops in Massachusetts – From the Federation For Children with Special Needs:
Basic Rights
Effective Communication with the IEP
Suspensions & Discipline in Special Education
To register, contact The Federation For Children With Special Needs in Boston, Massachusetts, or , or call 800-331-0688.

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