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Parent Weekly Update: September 25, 2020

Weekly Update
Ms. Cruz put a unique spin on bowling while working on core words with her class!
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Information From Cotting School
Parent Orientation: Phase 2 Re-opening at Cotting
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 on Zoom
Meeting link will be sent by email the day before the meeting. This meeting will take the place of the regular Wednesday Evening Parent Group.
We hope you will join us to learn more about preparations to move to Phase 2 of Cotting’s Re-opening plan. Your questions and feedback are welcome. Please send any questions in advance to pvarrin@cotting.org.
Want information about your child’s Cotting therapy team?
The 2020-2021 Therapy/Tutorial Team note is now in your student’s individual folder. If you have any questions, please contact your therapists. If you need help accessing your child’s learning folder online, please contact helpme@cotting.org.
Please join us in congratulating the Senior Class Officers for the Class of 2021,
as elected by their fellow Seniors:
Class President: Benjamin
Class Vice-President: Peter
Class Treasurer: Sara
Class Vice-Treasurer: Anna
Great job to all the Seniors who ran for office and congrats to those elected!
Marcie Garon and Mike Teuber
Introducing a wonderful new resource for children and families created by Cotting parent Alicia Symchych: “Lydia’s Library was created in direct response to the Covid-19 virus. It aspires to be a safe and welcoming place in these beleaguered times. We seek the best material for your children and families to share and enjoy.” Please “take a pause” and visit Lydia’s Library at lydiaslibrary.org for video readings of quality children’s books that are fun, interesting, and thought provoking, beautifully read by Alicia herself!
Are you ready for some back to school fun? We just launched our first playlist on Cotting School’s Spotify account, and we need song suggestions from you and your students to make it GREAT!
What is your FUN pick-me-up song?
What is your CELEBRATION song?
What is your POSITIVE song?
…we want to know!
Please submit your song here and we will build a great playlist together! You can listen along and watch our playlist grow at the link below! Let’s have some fun with this.
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Resources and Events
In the Community
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
Wednesday, 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
  • SNAP
  • DMH/DDS
  • Mass Medicaid Waiver Programs
  • Legal Tools that supplement or provide Residential Supports:
Guardianship
  • 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.
For more information visit the Fletcher Tilton Event Page  or contact 508.459-8000.
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.
For more information visit the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance page or contact community@bostonballet.org
“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.
Keynote Speaker:
  • 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.
To register or for more information visit or Work Without Limits or contact michelle.nowers@umassmed.edu
Stay in touch!
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org.
Be well and Cotting on!
A Few Helpful Cotting Community Resource Links:
We’ll share photos and updates throughout the year on our Social Media pages! If you don’t already, please consider following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Quick links to our social media pages can be found below.
Do you know someone who would like to learn more about Cotting School? Please share the information at the links below with someone you know. Cotting School parents are our best ambassadors and our team is available to connect with families that may have questions about Cotting School at this time!
Let’s keep in touch!

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