Parent Weekly Update: April 16, 2021

Weekly Update
We wish you could have been a “fly on the wall” for this great lesson and conversation in Ms. V’s classroom. Everyone contributed ideas!
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Information From Cotting School
Wishing everyone a relaxing, fun and healthy April Vacation!
Coming up after April school break:
New from the Cotting PTO – two opportunities to join in with fellow parents to plan activities and events!
For those of you who might have trouble joining a daytime meeting, the Cotting PTO will be offering two times, one in the morning and one in the evening, for their monthly meeting during the week after April break:
  • Wednesday, April 28 at 6 pm on zoom
  • Friday, April 30 at 8:30 am on zoom
Both meetings will follow the same agenda, which will be sent out at the beginning of that week. Come join us to learn what’s going on at a time that works for you – you are welcome at either or both!
Cotting PAC Meeting
Friday, April 30 at 9:30 am on zoom
Agenda will be sent out early in the week.
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
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.
AANE Webinar: Healthy Dating Relationships on the Autism Spectrum: Finding Joy and Staying Safe
All people need education about what makes a dating relationship healthy, unhealthy or abusive—and for some people on the spectrum, it can be even more challenging to figure out how to meet people, get to know them, set and respect boundaries, and recognize the signs if it is time for the relationship to end. In this one-hour webinar, co-facilitators of the AANE Healthy Relationships on the Autism Spectrum (HEARTS) workshop will offer tips and advice. Join this conversation with Dr. Emily Rothman, an expert in healthy relationships promotion with over 20 years of research and practice experience, and Ms. Brandy Haberer, an adult on the autism spectrum married to an autistic person, social media and community manager of an autistic relationships app or dating app, and host of the popular Chronic Couple podcast. Together they will offer insights and suggestions based on research, teaching, and lived experience.
WHEN: Monday, April 26, 2021
TIME: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET
WHERE: Online via Zoom
COST: $25
CAPACITY: 100 participants
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.
This webinar will be recorded. If you are not available during the live presentation, registrants will receive the video link to access the recording of the presentation two business days after the session ends.
Fellowships in Boston For Individuals with Developmental Disabilities & Family Members
Submission Deadlines for both April 29th 2021, with the the Institute for Community Inclusion of Massachusetts. Individuals with developmental disabilities and family members are invited to apply for two part-time PAID disability fellowships that begin in July at Institute for Community Inclusion.
  • Allen C. Crocker Family Fellowship – The Allen C. Crocker Fellowship is open to Massachusetts residents who have a family member with a developmental disability. The fellowship is designed for individuals who seek to increase their knowledge and skills in the field of developmental disabilities.
  • Although the Fellowship is designed for one person, two family members (related or unrelated) can propose a joint project as co-applicants and share the wages and other Fellowship resources.
  • The Allen C. Crocker Fellowship allows a family member of an individual with a developmental disability to work on a project of their choosing while developing leadership skills under the guidance of Institute for Community Inclusion staff. Through this experience, the Crocker Fellow will gain valuable knowledge about disability policy, services, and supports.
  • Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship – The deadline to apply is on or before Thursday, April 29, 2021. The Gopen Fellowship is a one-year, part-time work and learning opportunity for an individual with an intellectual and/or developmental disability.
  • It allows an individual to work independently on a self-designed project and learn about disability policy, services and advocacy. Massachusetts residents with developmental disabilities who are no longer in school or a transition program are eligible to apply.
  • The Gopen Fellow will work at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston and remotely
  • from home, with occasional meetings at the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) in Quincy.
To apply or for more information, visit the Mass DD Network Fellowships page  or contact
  1. Crocker Fellowship – david.helm@childrens.harvard.edu or 857.218.4327.
  2. Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship – liz.fancher@mass.gov (specify “Gopen Fellowship Application” on subject line if sending by email) or 617.770.7676 x105 (Monday-Thursday)
Play Challenger Baseball all week- starting soon in Norwood/Foxborough!
Challenger is for youth and adults with emotional, physical and intellectual disabilities.
We do a little skill-building, play low key games and have a lot of fun.
Games last one hour.
Players are welcome to have a buddy on the field with them.
Siblings/friends are welcome to play too. Girls/women and boys/men welcome – Ages 6 and up
We are an all-volunteer organization. Our coaches and helpers are mainly family members of our players. We need coaches/helpers! We ask family members to assist with pitching and keeping the players on track.
All players must have their own baseball glove, helmet, and bat.
Schedule:
Wednesdays starting April 28 for younger, smaller players McAleer (Father MAC) Field 295 Vernon St in Norwood 6 PM
Thursdays starting April 29 for older, bigger players McAleer (Father MAC) Field 295 Vernon St in Norwood 6 PM
Mondays starting May 3 at 6 PM Booth 1 Field 80 South Street in Foxborough
Sundays at 5 PM alternating between Norwood and Foxborough:
Sundays starting May 2 (May 2, 16, 30 and June 13, 27) 5 PM
Norwood LL Fields behind Coakley Middle School 1315 Washington St
Sundays starting May 9 (May 9, 23 and June 6, 20) 5 PM
Booth 1 Field 80 South Street in Foxborough
Come to whichever sessions you can!
Participation is FREE! Register by email at  norwoodchallengersports@gmail.com
Applying for Housing for People with Disabilities in Massachusetts
Webinar, April 30th, 2021, 10:00 a.m., with Autism Housing Pathways of Massachusetts. Free and open to the public. This presentation walks families and professionals through the range of affordable and subsidized housing options available to people with disabilities in Massachusetts.
  • A strategy for completing a basic set of applications and tracking them over time is presented.
About the speaker: Catherine Boyle, the president of Autism Housing Pathways and a commissioner of the Winchester Housing Authority and a member of the Winchester Housing Partnership Board. She also holds a certificate of graduate studies from UMASS Boston in adapting curriculum.
REGISTER HERE or contact Autism Housing Pathways 617-893-8217.
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
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
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.
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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