Did you know Cotting’s assistive technology, speech -language services, and occupational therapy is available outside of Cotting School? We sat down with Tim Richmond to learn what’s new in Cotting Consulting, an outreach program of Cotting School that provides solutions for students in their school environment. Read more from our conversation with Tim about how our consultants can serve your students right in their own schools! 1. What does Cotting Consulting do for school districts? We provide technology focused assessments, consultation, ongoing service and professional development to improve curriculum access and functional independence. In addition, our consultants can provide expertise... Read More
Cotting School has served the needs of students with disabilities in Greater Boston for nearly 125 years. Today’s campus in Lexington, however, looks a lot different than the church basement where we first opened our doors to seven students in 1893. While much has changed at Cotting over the past century, at our core, many integral components remain the same. Students are still served a hot lunch, family style; many still travel a great distance to get to Cotting each day, but busses and vans have replaced horse-drawn carriages. Perhaps most importantly, our talented staff today is committed to the... Read More
Alexis, age 12 “She’s a hard worker, but she’s sassy!” Middle School teacher Katie Norregaard remembers Alexis beingquiet and reserved in her first few months in class. One day, Ms. Norregaard explains, that all changed. “I asked Alexis where she’d been, and she responded, ‘I don’t want to tell you where I went!’” Despite her sass, Alexis is a hard worker. Using her device, she tells us she enjoys listening to music and reading,... Read More
Peace Day at Cotting School! Cotting wrapped up its Spirit Week 2018 with the theme of “Peace.” Cotting students and staff gathered for an assembly that echoed messages of peace surrounding the National School Walkouts. The Cotting community sought to add their voices to the national dialogue about school safety and chose the hashtag #MarchWalkRollForPeace to capture the spirit of the day. One of the highlights of the morning was hearing Cotting students share their own original peace-themed poems, many of which are on display at the school’s entrance and pictured to the right. Open Mic Showcases Talents!... Read More
We wanted to share the perfect resource for when someone asks YOU for information about Cotting School! This quick reference sheet is a mixture of fast facts and points of pride about Cotting School. It is difficult to cram in every detail about the exceptional opportunities offered to students at Cotting School onto one page, but we think this covers a lot!
Text messaging has seemed to replace phone calls these days, and the growth of emojis have made texting a lot more fun and animated! But what happens when a major piece of your identity is underrepresented in the emoji selection? Apple recently supported a proposal to introduce 13 new disability emojis, including power chairs and long canes. Have a look here at some of the proposed emojis. Apple joined American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf to create them. While a good start, Apple says “This is not meant to... Read More
Just a few weeks ago, Cotting School hosted a film for the ReelAbilities Film Festival for the third straight year! A crowd of about 70 gathered to watch “Swim Team,” a film that chronicles the story of the Jersey Hammerheads, a swim team comprised of teens on the autism spectrum. The father and son duo who star in the film, Mike and Mike Jr., joined us for a lively Q&A session after the film. Among the many thoughtful questions and comments we heard during the Q&A was one from a Cotting alumnus. He shared a piece of his own story... Read More