Parent Weekly Update: April 9, 2021

Weekly Update
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Information From Cotting School
To the Families of Cotting School Students,
THANK YOU for your generous donations of travel-sized hygiene products over the past few weeks. These items are being sorted and assembled by students in Vocational classes and are being delivered to two local organizations, Bristol Lodge in Waltham and the food pantry operated by the Natick Service Council.
We are continuing to receive donations through April 16th if your student would like to bring them to school. Drop off locations are at the front desk and in the Vocational Department office.
Please email Mike Teuber at mteuber@cotting.org with any questions.
Read the latest edition of Cotting’s newsletter: The Spring 2021 Cotting Connection!
Cotting’s Transition Fair events are a great resource. If you missed any events and would like to learn more you can find all of the resources at cotting.org/transition
Cotting educators have led some incredibly helpful discussions related to special education. We’ve recorded them all & you can find them at cotting.org/conversations
Resources and Events
In the Community
April 10th is National Sibling Day!
Brothers and sisters of people with disabilities often have the longest relationships of their lives with each other. Siblings often become the next generation of caregivers when parents are unable to provide care. Even though siblings have unique roles and are likely future caregivers, the needs and perspectives of siblings are often overlooked. By addressing the needs of siblings, their brothers and sisters with disabilities will have better outcomes. Find more information here.
Are you or someone you know caring for a loved one
with an intellectual or developmental disability at home?
Apply for a grant from The Fred Gaspari Fund for Families.
Caregivers in the MetroWest area can receive up to $500 to use for anything that will help make caregiving a little easier.
Therapeutic horseback riding classes, sensory items, respite care, and home improvement projects are among previously funded awards.
Apply now through April 23, and please encourage caregivers you know to apply.
Questions?
Contact FamilyServices@Advocates.org or call (508) 628-6801
What is Health Care Transition?
Health care transition, or HCT, is the process of moving from a child/family-centered model of health care to an adult/patient-centered model of health care, with or without transferring to a new clinician. It involves planning, transfer, and integration into adult-centered health care.
Learn more and download the toolkit here.
MassHealth’s Adult Family Care & PCA programs for Adult Children with Disabilities
Webinar, April 13, 2021, 7 p.m, with the Special Needs Transition Group of Wakefield, MA.
* MassHealth’s Adult Family Care (AFC) and PCA programs both help pay for the caregiving of qualified adult children (including care provided by the child’s own parents, if they are not the guardians).
Speakers Beth Gutierrez, Director of the Adult Family Care Program for Advocates, Inc., and Linda Andrade, Director of Community Services at Tempus Unlimited, will explain the two programs, their benefits, and eligibility requirements.
* To join in the meeting please use this link
Password: 529453, or contact the Special Needs Transition Group at SPEDHousing.Transition@gmail.com.
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Attainable Savings Plan
Webinar April 13th, 2021, with the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). The Attainable Savings Plan provides flexibility, tax benefits, and independence to those individuals with disabilities who save in the program.
  • The Attainable Savings Plan allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save for disability-related expenses without losing eligibility for federal means-tested benefits.
  • In this webinar, review the benefits, eligibility requirements, and plan details of Attainable, and explain how to easily set up an account.
  • Live transcription will be available.
About the Speaker: Mary Rubenis is the Attainable Outreach Manager for the Massachusetts ABLE Savings Plan, offered by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). Mary assists families and school professionals with college planning, financial aid and tax-advantaged savings plans.
To register or for more information click here.
Future Planning Speaker Series
Thursday, April 15 at 12pm
Speaker: Fred Misilo, Jr. of Fletcher Tilton, P.C.
In this presentation, Fred will cover special needs trusts and other planning considerations for siblings and families. This is a complimentary presentation that is open to everyone.
Missing movies? Come see one with us!
‘My Beautiful Broken Brain’ screening is April 28
Each month, 3LPlace hosts a community film viewing followed by a brief discussion. Currently, these are happening online.
This month’s film is My Beautiful Broken Brain, a documentary about 34-year-old Lotje Sodderland, who experienced aphasia after a massive stroke.
She was a documentary producer, and immediately began recording “selfie” footage of her experience. The footage was so extraordinary that it caught the attention of filmmaker David Lynch, who signed on as executive producer.
“Things were all deconstructed and disconnected and didn’t make sense, so making the film was a way to relearn how to tell a story,” Sodderland says.
The event will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, on Zoom. There is no charge to participate. For more information or an invitation, you can email Katie Wilson.
For this and more information about 3L Place visit: www.3lplace.org
Please join the Waltham SEPAC and Harty Financial for an informational webinar:
“Coordinating Your Special Needs Financial & Estate Plan”
Gain insight into the many issues you may face as a caregiver for special needs persons. Discover how government programs may pay for basic living expenses if certain conditions are met and careful planning is in place. Examine some of the steps you can take to make sure your special needs loved ones have the lifestyle you prefer – during your life and after your death.
April 29, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Presentation will also include a discussion of the following handouts:
• Public Benefits: A Holistic Guide for Families Who Have A Loved One with Special Needs •
Special Needs Planning: Creating a Budge
Please e-mail: walthampac@gmail.com with any questions or Contact Harty Financial with any questions at 978-304-4524 or at info@hartyfinancial.com
What is TOPSoccer?
TOPSoccer is a modified version of the game of soccer, designed to provide opportunities for children who have challenges that otherwise prevent them from participating in a traditional soccer program. Our program invites all athletes with special needs to develop both physically and emotionally, while providing opportunities for fun, fitness, and building self-esteem.
High school soccer players participate in the TOPS program as ‘Buddies.’ A Buddy is partnered with each player providing one-on-one assistance and enabling the player to participate at their desired level, using a recreational, leisurely approach to the game. Buddies facilitate modifications to the game to allow full participation and enjoyment for each child.
North Reading Youth Soccer is devoted to providing a constructive and accommodating soccer experience for children that have challenges – physical, cognitive, or otherwise – through TOPSoccer. Our program has enjoyed great support from the community, the players, and their parents since its inception in 2015. TOPS players join us from all over the region, including North Reading, Reading, Andover, North Andover, Boxford, Burlington, Danvers, Lynnfield, Stoneham, Lawrence, and Derry, NH!
Join Us
  • If your athlete has a challenge that prevents involvement on traditional soccer teams
  • If you and your athlete want a safe environment to enjoy the game of soccer
  • If your athlete is age 4 through 19
Spring 2021 Details
  • Sessions take place on Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00pm at Ipswich River Park, North Reading
  • The Spring 2021 season runs from April 24 – June 12 (excluding Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Registration is $25 per player and includes a shirt/ soccer ball for new players, and a celebration with a trophy/medal at season’s end
Volunteers Needed
  • TOPS welcomes new volunteers to be Buddies and Coaches. Prior soccer experience not required
  • Buddies earn Community Service hours
  • Enjoy incredible experiences working with great kids!
For Further Information and Registration
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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