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I’ve learned things beyond algebra and division!

I’ve learned things beyond algebra and division!

This week’s student-focused blog celebrating Disability Awareness Month features Alex, a student in Cotting’s Capstone program, who has lots to share about herself. Alex says “At Cotting School I have learned many things beyond algebra and division” and she supported that statement with a long list of examples. Here’s what she had to say: Friendship is about trust. I have made many friends here and have learned how to be a good friend. I also try to make new students feel welcome. I am learning skills so I can live independently and go to college when I leave Cotting. For... Read More

Cotting School President Elected to Lead MAAPS Board of Directors

Cotting School President Elected to Lead MAAPS Board of Directors

Cotting School is proud to share the news that David W. Manzo, our school’s President, was elected President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (MAAPS). MAAPS is comprised of 87 schools, serving 7,000 students with complex special needs. Manzo will lead a group of committed educators from across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to high quality educational and therapeutic services. He looks forward to continuing MAAPS’ rich history of advocacy. A lifelong educator, Manzo has led two MAAPS member schools, COMPASS (1984-2004) and Cotting (2004-Present). He joined the MAAPS Board of Directors... Read More

I like to visit the city with my friends!

I like to visit the city with my friends!

Connor has a packed schedule these days.  Even as a busy Capstone student, he manages to find time to be with his buddies from Cotting.  “We go to Boston and visit the Prudential Center” he explains.  “I just saw Finding Dory with Patrick and watched The Polar Express with Justin at the Museum of Science.  I like to have fun with my friends.” Connor, 18, is on the autism spectrum. While building relationships may require more effort for someone with autism, Connor has made many great friends during his time at Cotting.  Besides trips to the city and visits to... Read More

Free Conference Registration is Now Available!

Free Conference Registration is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that registration for our Conference, Making Things Possible: Educating the Whole Child, is now available. The Conference will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Cotting School. Don’t miss your chance, register today!  We’ve brought together expert speakers and workshop leaders to share evidence-based, practical strategies in hands-on sessions and discussions throughout the day. In addition, our vendor and resource exhibit areas will provide the opportunity for you to explore technology, services, and equipment. Our hope for the conference is that it becomes a forum to share ideas, inspire each other and connect through conversation.... Read More

Celebrating AAC Awareness Month at Cotting School

Celebrating AAC Awareness Month at Cotting School

October is here – and though many people may be aware that it is Disability Awareness month, some might not realize that it is also International AAC Awareness month.  The goal of AAC Awareness month is to raise public understanding of Augmentative and Alternative Communication and recognize the vital role these systems play in giving people a voice. This is especially important to the Cotting community, as approximately 30% of our student population uses some form of AAC to communicate.  We witness students every day using AAC to communicate for basic needs, share their opinions, ask questions about lessons, repair... Read More

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Cotting School is proud to join the United States Department of Labor to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October! The Office of Disability Employment Policy explains that “NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.” “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.” At Cotting, we celebrate... Read More

I’m an enthusiastic learner who worked hard to pass the MCAS!

I’m an enthusiastic learner who worked hard to pass the MCAS!

“I use a wheelchair to move around because I cannot walk,” describes Elizabeth (“almost age 18”). “Because I am in a wheelchair, people assume I am not smart. They make a weird face and they talk to other people around me instead of to me directly.” A few minutes in Elizabeth’s company, however, would shatter that misconception. She is engaging on any subject, but especially about her ability to advocate for herself and her goal of teaching others to do the same for themselves. Using a combination of her own voice, and her fingers flying over her iPhone (which serves... Read More

I like chocolate, sleepovers, and chillin’ with my besties!

I like chocolate, sleepovers, and chillin’ with my besties!

Hello everyone, my name is Sara. I am 18. I use a computer to speak. It has eye gaze so I can select a letter or word by looking at the screen. I have had my device as long as I can remember. My mom says I was four when I got my first high tech device. People react better to me when I have my device. When I don’t have my Tobii device people talk baby talk to me, or ignore me and talk to my mom instead. It is hard for strangers or new people I meet to... Read More