Parent Weekly Update: February 5, 2021

Weekly Update
Mrs. Paull’s class took a virtual trip to Glass Botanicus, former Cotting physical therapy assistant Ms. Lopez’s business! She made a cool video and answered all of their questions about her beautiful botanical-inspired art glass panels. Thanks for a great trip, Ms. Lopez!
For more updates from this week, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram.
Information From Cotting School
Cotting Town Hall Meeting: February 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Dave Manzo, Cotting School President; Bridget Irish, President-Elect; and Mike Durkin, President of the Cotting School Board of Trustees will be present to discuss the plans for the change in leadership at Cotting. Please join us!
Cotting families will receive a direct link via Connect Ed to join the meeting.
Our lunch-and-learn “Virtual Parent Field Trip” to explore Adult Services at American Training was POSTPONED due to the snowstorm last Monday.
Please save the new date: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 1 pm
An updated zoom link will be sent out before the meeting.
Cotting School has made the decision to keep our Wednesdays remote for the remainder of the school year. The feedback from families and staff is that we are in a strong rhythm together and these mid-week pauses are a good mask break and an opportunity to keep our Zoom skills fresh.
Resources and Events
In the Community
Self-Directed Disability Services with the DDS
Webinar Series, February 2nd – March 9th 2021, with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Learn how Self Directed Services for adults with disabilities can help your family.
  •  Self-Direction is a process through which an individual/family can design and direct their own services, thus providing people with more options.
  • Self-Direction gives people the opportunity to use their allotted DDS Budget to purchase supports and services that meet their needs and goals.
  • This enables the principal of self-determination to be achieved by Self-Directing Supports.
Dates:
3/09/21: 10-11:30am  & 3/31/21: 4-5:30pm
RSVPS are required to jennifer.r.benoit@mass.gov
The Great Bike Giveaway is Back!
The Great Bike Giveaway is an annual event that gives participants in Canada and the United States the opportunity to get a Freedom Concepts adaptive bike! Bikes are awarded through votes, raffles and fundraising.
If you have been waiting to get an adaptive bike, this is the perfect opportunity. Or, if you know someone who should enter the Great Bike Giveaway, feel free to share this with them!
Registration and voting begin on February 10, 2021. For more information and contest rules, check out the website here: https://www.greatbikegiveaway.com/
Public Benefits for Children with Special Medical Needs
Webinar, February 11, 2021, 7:00 p.m., hosted by the CASE Collaborative of Concord, MA. Representatives from the Department of Public Health and United Cerebral Palsy will present information and resources about Public Benefits, how to apply, and answer any questions parents may have.
Learn more about:
  • Accessing Masshealth Commonhealth (as a primary or secondary insurance),
  • What the Premium Assistance Program is (how the state can help pay for your primary commercial insurance premiums),
  • What services are covered for children with disabilities and how to access the Personal Care Attendant program (how families with Masshealth can get state assistance to pay caregivers who assist their children with disabilities with activities of daily living).
Zoom Link will be sent out to registrants one hour prior to the workshop.
To register or for more information contact the CASE Collaborative scampbell@casecollaborative.org 
From Waypoint Adventure
You’re invited to a special screening of Kupenda!
Our partners at La Vida Outdoor Center are having their 50th Anniversary and they’re using documentary, Kupenda, as their main event! The adventure of three Kenyan teens with disabilities taking on Africa’s tallest peak, Kilimanjaro, was coordinated and co-led by Waypoint Adventure’s very own Julia Spruance in partnership with Kupenda for the Children! You’re invited to this very special screening and panel discussion afterwards!
See details below.
In some parts of the world, the stigma around disability can be deadly. Three teens from Kenya, Fumo, Hassan, and Mercyline, are among a population that continues to be subject to abuse, neglect, and even elimination due to their disability. Yet, by being given the opportunity to show their ability in 2016 they were able to prove their worth to their community.
Movie Screening: Once you register for this free event, you’ll receive a code to watch the documentary anytime between Sat, February 13th and Sat, February 20th, 2021. Register by 2/12 and share with friends!
Panel Discussion: Hosted by La Vida, hear directly from Waypoint Adventure, Kupenda for the Children, and the three teenage Kenyan climbers on Saturday, February 20th, 10am-11:30am EST. Details for joining panel discussion also in Film Registration link.
Supporting Families with Disabilities Advocacy Day in Massachusetts
Virtual Event, February 17th, 2021, with The Arc of Massachusetts and multiple support agencies in Massachusetts. This virtual event will be broadcast to the public; portions will be recorded and photographed.
  • This year’s theme – Keeping Families Strong and Resilient!
  • Over 20,000 families are caring for loved ones with intellectual & developmental disabilities, including autism.
  • Most of these families have been caring for their loved ones at home since March 2020 & remain vigilant on providing optimal care and comfort. However, Families are exhausted and need continued support.
  • Event guest speaker: Representative Denise Garlick, Vice-Chair of House Ways and Means
  • Featured family keynote speakers: Sue Crosby & Sagrario Desire Guerrero Parent Advocates
  • If you require special accommodations, please contact Kerry Mahoney at Mahoney@arcmass.org by February 5, 2020.
** Upon registering, you will receive an email containing a link to join.
* Since it is school vacation, have the whole family attend.
Virtual Conference, March 2nd – 6th, 2021, with The Federation for Children with Special Needs of Massachusetts. Visions of Community is the Federation’s annual conference for parents and professionals caring for children with special needs.
  • The conference includes workshops on topics such as, IEPs and other special education issues, impact of trauma, self-care, health services and benefits, and transition planning.
  • Workshops are offered in English, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
  • There will also be Virtual Exhibitors sharing information about their services that support families.
Keynote: Dr. Rosemarie Allen – Ensuring your Child is Honored, Valued, and Connected. Dr. Allen’s non-profit Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE) serves as the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation. She also serves as a contractor for the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations focusing on equity, implicit bias, and culturally responsive practices in the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children.
Youth Keynote: Sophie Scrimgeour– Sophie recently graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with minors in Special Education Professional Practices and Psychology. Diagnosed at the age of 12 with Asperger’s Syndrome, she has been an avid volunteer for Special Olympics Massachusetts, a peer buddy for Best Buddies, and the President of the Best Buddies chapter at Bridgewater State from 2018-2020.
Pam Nourse –  Federation Conference Welcome. Pam is the Executive Director Federation for Children with Special Needs.
For more information visit or to register visit https://fcsn.org/voc/
Scholarships are available – please email voc@fcsn.org or call (617) 236-7210
Stay in touch!
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org.
Be well and Cotting on!
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