Despite intermittent rain showers, spirits were high at the Cotting Family Community’s Fall Family Barbecue on Sunday, September 30. Over 300 family members and friends of Cotting students enjoyed a delicious barbecue lunch, served and grilled by dedicated parent chefs. Face painting, pumpkin decorating, a cake walk, and a raffle of wonderful gift baskets contributed to the festive mood indoors. An impromptu touch football game put the playing field to good use. Much excitement surrounded the dunk tank at the end of the afternoon, when faculty members Mike Teuber, Jeanine Dowd, and Pam Varrin and physical therapists Ginny Birmingham and... Read More
Rep. Denise Garlick Visits Cotting State Representative Denise C. Garlick, who represents Needham, Dover and Medfield, visited Cotting on Tuesday, September 18, in response to a letter written by one of her constituents who attends Cotting. A registered nurse, Rep. Garlick is on the education committee at the State House. During her tour, she stopped to visit with her constituents Delaney, a Lower School student, and Barbara DeLuca, a physical therapist, pictured above.
EPIC at Staff Orientation As part of Cotting’s staff orientation, Jeff Lafata, Executive Director of EPIC (Empowering People for Inclusive Communities), and Ryan Levia, Training and Program Assistant, led a superb workshop discussing disability etiquette and emphasizing the power and use of Person First Language. Using examples from their work and personal experience, Ryan and Jeff also discussed ways to teach students self-advocacy. Below are their well-written handouts which they have allowed us to share with the Cotting Community. The Power of Language Teaching Self Advocacy Disability Etiquette