Parent Weekly Update: February 26, 2021

Weekly Update
Mrs. McGovern and Lizzie enjoy working together in OT group! Lizzie is getting an upper extremity stretch and some fine motor strengthening by squeezing the glue to add decorations onto her snowman.
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Information From Cotting School
Covid Attestation Form Update
Now that we have begun to give the second doses of the Covid 19 vaccine, you will see some changes in the attestation form starting this coming Monday morning, since the effects of the second Moderna dose may mimic Covid symptoms. The form will be easy to follow as usual, and if you have any questions, please reach out to the Medial Department.
Transition Fair at Cotting School
March 10, 2021
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for an evening of information sharing and discussion about the transition process. Guest Speaker Kerry Mahoney, Director of Outreach and Education for the ARC of Massachusetts, will offer a talk focused on supporting individuals with disabilities and their families in developing a vision for a meaningful life. Connect with transition and post-22 resources in an evening of (virtual) information sharing and discussion about the transition process. (Download the PDF flyer, here.)
Those interested in registering for a link to this event can REGISTER HERE.
Questions about this year’s virtual transition fair? Contact us!
Get ready for Cotting Spirit Week, coming soon, March 15-19!
Resources and Events
In the Community
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
Online: Perspectives on College Life –A Panel of Students and Graduates
From AANE, Autism/Asperger Network
March 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, $15 per participant
DESCRIPTION: This is a virtual panel discussion featuring current and recent college graduates who are on the autism spectrum.
Are you a teen or parent/guardian of a teen who is considering college and wondering…..
  • What are the best and most challenging parts of college for someone on the autism spectrum?
  • Should I write about my diagnosis in my college essay?
  • What type of college environment will work for me?
  • Should I live at home or away?
  • Should I ask for a single room if I live away?
  • How can I make friends at college?
  • How will I have time for everything I like to do AND do everything I have to do?
There will be a link to a packet of college information sent after the seminar, and plenty of time to ask questions.
REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is required. After you have registered, a confirmation email is sent with a link to attend the program. Registrants who do not receive the confirmation email should check their email spam folder. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the event or first session. Early registration is highly recommended as many programs fill quickly.
Estate Planning for Special Needs
Webinar, March 23rd, 2021, 10 a.m., with a Massachusetts’ based special-needs law firm. Free.
Learn why some wills do not work, even when drafted correctly, the necessary steps to protect your home from future nursing home expenses, and how to reduce estate death taxes. Topics include:
  • How to protect your property, and reduce estate taxes
  • Why up-to-date health care proxies and powers of attorney are now crucial
  • How the new SECURE Act (of December 2019) can impact your estate planning
  • Why a HIPAA release is essential in obtaining medical information
  • How to keep your family out of probate
  • How to obtain a free virtual estate planning meeting
Once you register, you will receive an email with simple instructions for connecting to the webinar.
* The speaker will be Tax Attorney Michael T. Lahti.
To RSVP or for more information visit www.fletchertilton.com/seminars-events or contact 508-459-8000
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:
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Be well and Cotting on!
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