Webinar: Anxiety & Return to School for students with ASD
September 23rd, 2020, 6:30 p.m., with the Lurie Center for Autism in Lexington.
Management of anxiety as students return to school each fall is often a challenge for children and teens with an ASD profile. COVID-19 has exacerbated those concerns immensely.
- Hear some methods to assess and support students with anxiety challenges as they transition into an
- increasingly unpredictable school environment.
- About the speakers
- D. Scott McLeod, PhD, is Executive Director of MGH Aspire
- Christopher Keary, MD, is Staff Psychiatrist, Lurie Center for Autism
Event link will be emailed by 1:00pm on September 23rd
Learn about Self-Directed Adult Services with the Department of Developmental Services
Online: September 24th, 2020, with the Massachusetts Department of Development Services (DDS). Interactive discussions about expanding choices and control in your life through Self-Directed Supports.
- Hear how participants and their families can design individualized services to meet their needs through the Participant Directed Program OR the Agency with Choice.
DATE AND TIME:
9/24/2020 – 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Offered via WEBEX.
College Planning & Transition Conference Produced with the Student with Learning Differences in Mind (Middle School – College Students),
by Let’s Talk LD
Sat, Sep 26, 2020, 11:00 AM –
Sun, Sep 27, 2020, 8:00 PM EDT
FREE Online Event
More information and registration can be found HERE.
Webinar: Housing & Supported Decision Making
Webinar, September 30th, 2020, 8 pm, with a Massachusetts based special needs law firm. For individuals with special needs or disabilities, their families, and their advocates interested in exploring housing options.
* Families often ask, “Where will my child live when I can no longer care for them?” This webinar will review practical legal and planning tools you can use to prepare for residential and independent living, along with an overview of resources that may be available. Hear about:
Government Benefits that provide residential supports :
- SSI, SSDI, CDB,
- Section 8 and other HUD programs
- Mass Medicaid Waiver Programs
- Legal Tools that supplement or provide Residential Supports:
- Powers of Attorney and Supported Decision Making
- Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Accounts
Forging a Public/Private Partnership to Maximize Options in the Community
- Examples of public/private residential options
- Group homes, cooperatives, shared living
- Adult foster care
- Supervised independent living
The presenters will be Attorney’s Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., Theresa Varnet, and Meredith Greene. Fred’s specialty areas are in elder law, special needs planning, estate planning, estate and trust administration, guardianship, and adult service advocacy. Fred has served as Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, on the The Arc of the United States Board of Directors Legal Advocacy Committee and its Policy and Procedures Committee, gave technical assistance to and had his advocacy work featured in “Autism: Coming of Age”, a PBS documentary.
Yoga for Autism classes on Zoom!
Who: For teens and adults with ASD (ages 16 and up)
Time: Fridays 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Dates: 10/2, 10/9, 10/23 and 10/30 (*no class 10/16)
Cost: $75 for 4 classes
Location: The comfort and safety of home! All classes offered remotely on Zoom.
Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance Boston, Newton and the North Shore will have Virtual Classes October 9 – December 31,2020. The option for hybrid or in-studio classes will be explored for the spring (Mar-May). All classes will be held at the same time of day in the fall and the spring.
- Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Designed for individuals with disabilities from ages 2 to adult.
Three types of classes are offered:
- Specialized classes for individuals with Down syndrome ages 2–adult in Boston and Newton (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
- Specialized classes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 5–adult in Boston and Newton (Sunday)
- Inclusive classes for individuals of All abilities and needs ages 5–adult in the North Shore (Tuesday) and Newton (Saturday and Sunday)
This program helps enhance:
- creativity and self-expression, self-esteem and self-confidence
- increased pride cooperating with and encouraging others
- increased appreciation and knowledge of music and rhythm
- distinguishing right and left, attending to and following directions
- increased focus, improved balance, posture, and alignment
- Financial aid is available.
“Raise the Bar” Disability Employment Conference
Virtual Conference, October 21st, 2020, with UMass Medical School. This one-day annual conference features prominent national keynote speakers, educational sessions, exhibitors, networking opportunities and sharing of best practices on disability employment.
- For People with disabilities and Family members, Employers, Employment service providers, State agencies, Disability Owned Business Enterprises.
- Hosted by Work Without Limits, a network of employers, educational institutions, employment service providers, state and federal agencies, individuals with disabilities and their family members. Work Without Limits programs and services are geared to meet the needs of businesses that actively recruit people with disabilities, individuals with disabilities who are seeking jobs, and the employment providers that serve them.
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Be well and Cotting on!