Parent Weekly Update: February 12, 2021

Weekly Update
The Cotting Falcons staff basketball team has a message for the Cotting students ahead of February break…It looks like they are gonna need 365 days to practice! #GoFalcons #SeeYouOnTheCourt #DribbleDribbleShoot #CottingSchool2021
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Information From Cotting School
Save the date: PTO and PAC meetings on Friday, February 26
PTO at 8:30 am
PAC at 9:30 am
Zoom links will be sent out via email.
The lunch-and-learn “Virtual Parent Field Trip” to explore Adult Services at American Training is coming up soon!
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 1 pm
An updated zoom link will be sent out by email before the meeting.
Cotting Families, mark your calendars for the Cotting Transition Fair, March 10, 2021. This will take place in a virtual platform this year and more details will be shared as the date gets closer: www.cotting.org/transition
Resources and Events
In the Community
Mr. Hand Solo
Movie co-sponsored by the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon and the ReelAbilities Film Festival 76′ SPANISH SPAIN
David Aguilar is a teen from Spain. Born with a deformed right arm, David has a passion for LEGOs. That passion turns practical as he creates a prosthetic hand using legos. His journey becomes one where others find hope and inspiration in no small part with the support of his family.
Co-hosted with Reel Abilities Film Festival: Boston https://www.reelboston.org/
Interested in learning more about the COVID-19 vaccines?
You’re invited to our free webinar, “COVID-19 vaccines: Answers for families”
Friday, February 19, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.
You’ll learn:
•   Which vaccines have been approved so far and how they work
•   What families should know about the vaccine roll out
•   What the vaccines mean for the “new normal”
•   And much more!
With special guests:
Thomas Sandora, MD, MPH, Boston Children’s Division of Infectious Diseases »
Ana Vaughan, MD, MPH, Boston Children’s Infection Prevention and Control »
Eleanor Menzin, MD, Longwood Pediatrics »
If you’d like to submit questions in advance, please email answers@childrens.harvard.edu.
We hope to see you there!
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.
Webinar presented by Minute Man Arc, Planning for Two Generations
Free Parent/Guardian Training
Special Needs Financial Planning is financial preparation for two generations. Many children with a disability must be supported their entire lives, even long after their parents have died. Our approach reaches beyond the limited boundaries of Wills and Trusts to provide you with a road map to address your own family’s Special Needs.
Planning for Two Generations centers upon our Special Needs Planning Timeline™.
The timeline highlights the various planning pressure points where parents/guardians should be aware of changes relating to their child’s benefits, legal and financial issues. The primary focus is to help parents avoid common mistakes and pitfalls in their own planning.
We will also talk about the need for having people in your child’s life who will assist in securing the well-being of your loved one when you are no longer able to do so. Additionally, the ABLE account and its potential role in planning for your child will be discussed.
John and Alexandria Nadworny are Certified Financial PlannersTM from the Special Needs Financial Team, a specialty practice of the Affinia Financial Group.
Their workshops reflect not only their vast financial planning expertise but their everyday understanding and involvement of having a family member with Down Syndrome.
Please join us for this informative evening.
Topic: Planning for Two Generations
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
via Webinar
(We will send you the Zoom link following registration)
To register for this workshop, R.S.V.P. by Monday, February 22nd to
Please include your town, phone number and e-mail when registering.
(We will send you the Zoom link following registration)
Hope to see you there!
Gail Palm,
Minute Man Arc Family Training Coordinator
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
Come create and share with us!
SNAP (Special Needs Arts Program) Crafts with Art Instructor Donna Pioli will begin on March 16th and will run for four consecutive Tuesday evenings. Class will be held over Zoom from 5:30-6:30pm. All art supplies to complete the projects will be delivered or mailed to participants. The cost is $70.
If you have registered for any SNAP Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 program, you do not have to fill out another application. You can proceed directly to program payment.
If you have not registered for a SNAP Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 program, you need to fill out a program application. To fill out our program application, please click here.
March 25th, 7:00pm EST *this event will be held virtually
CEUs available for nurses, social workers and case managers
FREE – donation suggested
Caregiver puts a human face to the toll — physical, emotional, & financial — that afflicts most family members who care for their dying loved ones at home. In 24 minutes, Bambi Fass and her husband Rick take us through the joys, and the unexpected sorrows, that can accompany a family’s journey through the end of life.
MORE INFO & REGISTRATION:
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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Let’s keep in touch!

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