Parent Weekly Update: July 16, 2021

Weekly Update
As part of our summer vocational program, Amelia is working in our Development office. This week she checked our online school store orders, filled and delivered the orders and emailed a follow up to one of our customers. Great work, Amelia!
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Information From Cotting School
Save the Date!
Cotting Fall Family BBQ
Hawaiian Luau
Sunday, September 19th, 2021, 12 noon-3:00 pm
Rain or shine on the Cotting Grounds
Currently Seeking Donations!
Own your own Business? Access to Sporting Event Tickets?
Donate Restaurant Gift Cards? Create your own Creative Basket?
Basket Ideas Include:
Family Night Out, Books, Crafts, Game Night, Pet Supplies, Movie Night, Pasta Basket, Sports Basket, Restaurant & Store Gift Cards, Tailgate Basket, Fire Pit, Gardening Basket
No Donation Too Big or Too Small!
Email sherylannqueen@yahoo.com or send items to Cotting School!
Thank you!! See you at the BBQ!
End-of-School Year Lost and Found items are looking for their homes!
If you see anything below that belongs to your family, contact Front Desk Coordinator Andie Mitchell at Cotting extension 0 or amitchell@cotting.org .
The 2020-2021 Cotting School Annual Fund T-Shirt is still available!
It’s not too late to order this year’s Cotting School Annual Fund t-shirt or hoodie (your choice) the sale will be ongoing through the summer! Order yours today at the link below. Your shirt order counts as a generous contribution to the Cotting School Annual Fund!
Use this link to place your shirt order. Help us achieve 100% Cotting community participation by placing your order. If you have questions please contact Omni Raimo (oraimo@cotting.org)
Pam Varrin is available to assist Cotting families in need of financial assistance. You can reach Pam at pvarrin@cotting.org.
Resources and Events
In the Community
Kayak and Hike with Waypoint this summer!
Be outside with friends in a Waypoint Adventure group! See dates/times/locations of all summer programs at Waypoint-adventure!
Don’t wait too long, though – groups are filling up fast!
Arc of Massachusetts Webinar: 5 Toolkits for Social Inclusion & Building Friendships
Mondays, Summer 2021, 12 noon. Arc of Massachusetts COVID-19 Updates “Leo Live” Webinars, with Massachusetts Executive Director Leo Sarkissian. Leo will provide weekly summaries on what has been accomplished and/or resolved on the Federal and state level and what we need to do next.
  • July 19th Topic: 5 Toolkits for social inclusion and building friendships.
  • Leo and Phoebe Goodman of Widening the Circle will share the 5 Toolkits for social inclusion and building friendships in the community.
  • The toolkits cover recreation, home settings, work, and school, along with a special toolkit created for community organizations.
All 2021 Dates and Times:
  • July 19, 26
  • Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Sep 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Oct 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Invitation to support the Better Care Better Jobs Act (BCBJA) from The Arc
The Arc of Massachusetts has created a sign-on letter (based on The Arc US and other national organizations’ template) in support of the Better Care Better Jobs Act, which will be sent to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation on Tuesday, July 20. We ask you to please sign on your organization (or as an individual advocate) to highlight the breadth and diversity of support from Massachusetts.
The recently introduced Better Care Better Jobs Act (BCBJA) will make a huge investment necessary to change disability services into the future. While the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a temporary 10% increase in federal matching for home and community care in Massachusetts with an estimated $420 Million, the Better Care Better Jobs Act is 31 times the size and will address long-term workforce and other systemic community needs. This federal bill will provide massive funding enhancements to Massachusetts, which focus on improving and expanding our Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) delivery system. The bill could expand access to vital services for people with disabilities and create more and better direct support jobs for the paid workforce that provides these services.
Adaptive Summer Sports in Massachusetts with AccesSportAmerica
July & August, 2021, Acton, Boston, Waltham, with Adaptive Sports New England. Windsurfing, Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing, Stand-up Paddling, Kayaking, and Cycling. Not all sports will be available at all locations.
Their full range of sports includes:
  1. WINDSURFING – Seated and standing adaptations with a full range of tandem, catamaran, and single boards
  2. HAWAIIAN OUTRIGGER CANOEING – Three, four person canoes with paddle adaptations
  3. STAND UP PADDLING – Single, double and 8 person stand up boards with seats and standers
  4. KAYAKING – Single and double kayaks with adaptive paddles
  5. ROWING – A drop-in single rowing setup with room for a trainer
  6. CYCLING – Over 20 recumbent, upright, tandem, foot and hand cycles
  7. TENNIS -Adaptive standing and wheelchair tennis skills.
  • Mask & COVID-19 Protocols – Please see the weblink below for the most updated information.
  • Each sport is adapted to fit every individual’s unique needs, and every athlete will be actively involved in their chosen sport. On site are five AccesSport certified trainers as well as interns and volunteers.
  • Athletes can sign up as an individual or programs & agencies can send groups.
  • Individual sessions include up to four athletes, and group sessions will have 6 – 10 athletes.
  • No previous experience necessary.
  • Try one sport, or try them all.
Fees apply, advance registration is required to www.accessportamerica.org/summer  or contact 978.393.1143 or info@accessportamerica.org
IHCD International Inclusive Design Webcast Series
in Memory of Eliza Forrest Kaye Bromfield
Disability in Hollywood, a conversation with producer and lead cast members of award-winning musical “Best Summer Ever”
Join us on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
On This Episode:
On July 22, the IHCD International Webcast will be showcasing the newly released, award-winning “Best Summer Ever” musical. We will be joined by our guests, lead actors Shannon DeVido and Rickey Wilson Jr., as well as our former IHCD intern, Andrew Pilkington, the co-producer/co-screenwriter of the film.
Special Features:
  • Showing of “Bigger Than Us – The Making of “Best Summer Ever”
  • Conversations with DeVido, Wilson, and Pilkington about their experience on set, the significance of this film, and the reach of its intended impact.
To watch the full movie, “Best Summer Ever” is available on the following platforms: Amazon Prime VideoYoutube, Vudu , Apple TVGoogle Play
Film Synopsis: “Best Summer Ever” is a musical film directed by Michael Parks Randa & Lauren Smitelli. The musical starts off with a sweet summer camp love story that unexpectedly intertwines with high school drama, an illegal secret, and a quintessential teen identity crisis.
The appeal of this film is found in its intention to challenge the predictable, limiting representations of disability on-screen by entirely excluding the topic of disability from the plot. As the majority of the cast and crew have a mental or physical disability, it was important for the creators of the film to showcase an authentic representation of disability.
As Calum Marsh, critic for the New York Times, recalls “The effect of this inclusiveness is a feeling of amazing warmth and camaraderie, at its most compelling during the film’s many original musical numbers, which are staged and shot with verve. The cast has wonderful screen presence — particularly DeVido, whose turn as the lovelorn heroine is magnetic. Representation matters. And in “Best Summer Ever,” it makes the movie come alive.”
As noted in the director statement, this film is “part of a movement to highlight the talents of disabled actors and crew members who deserve a chance to work in the industry. Filmmaking is a crucial medium for raising awareness and promoting cultural enlightenment, and we hope a film like ours can be a stepping stone to continue these important conversations.”
We will be discussing this and more on July 22. If you would like to join the webcast live via Zoom, please RSVP by clicking the button below to register and receive Zoom details.
Charting the Life Course – Kickoff & Training
Webinar, July 22, 2021, 3:30 pm, co-sponsored by the Department of Developmental Services, Mass Advocates Standing Strong, Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, and The Arc of Massachusetts.
  •  Free virtual training – Charting the LifeCourse is a set of tools and frameworks that can help you articulate what a good life means for you and advocate for change.
  •  Trainers from the LifeCourse Nexus Team will be conducting the training.
Participants will learn strategies for:
  • Developing a vision for a good life
  • Letting others know what you want and don’t want
  • Developing a plan based on your strengths, relationships, community connections, technology, and services
A family member or other supporter is welcome to attend.
To register or for more information visit our website or contact Adrienne Pomeroy, at info@wearemass.org
Adaptive Indoor Climbing for All Ages
Somerville, July 25th, 2021. Adaptive Climbing Group-Massachusetts All Ages Adaptive Climbing Sessions includes youth participants. Everyone is encouraged to come climb – accommodations and equipment will help climbers with any disability get on the climbing wall. ACG will provide a safe, fun and supportive environment for people with disabilities to discover and enjoy the sport of climbing.
  • ACG volunteers will be on hand to help fit gear, guide new climbers, and belay the ropes.
  • CLIMBERS: Cost (admission, gear, and climbing support) for participants is $11.
  • Payment can be made at the front desk of the facility on the day of the session.
  • GUEST/ FAMILY MEMBER– Guest and family members can join the session and must fill forms again with your information so the gym has a record of all attendees.
  • If you are climbing, the cost will be $11.
  • Please inquire about updated COVID-19 protocols.
Looking for accessible ways to cool off on these hot days?
Accessible Beaches/Beach Wheelchairs in Massachusetts
Find sand and sunbathing beach wheelchairs in Massachusetts state parks with the DCR Universal Access Program.
SMILE Mass (Small Miracles in Life Exist) has donated over 100 floating beach wheelchairs to public beaches in Massachusetts. PLEASE CHECK WITH EACH LOCATION FOR COVID-19 UPDATES, RULES and REGULATIONS.
  • These wheelchairs can roll from the parking lot, across the sand, and right into the water — allowing anyone with special needs to access the beach.
  •  You can see all beaches with wheelchairs available on the SMILE Mass website.
  • You may need to contact each beach to see if reservations are needed for the equipment.
  • BEACH LOANER PROGRAM: SMILE Mass rents: floating beach wheelchairs, a Rifton bath chair, a white bath chair with back, a high performance Hoyt running chair, a blue Freedom running stroller, an adapted bike (delivery not available, pick up only), a hoyer lift (provide your own sling) and a portable ramp.
  • If you are planning a vacation and need a beach wheelchair or a bike for any special occasion, contact SMILE Mass at the link below to reservation dates and equipment.
To find out more, make a reservation and see the most updated locations visit The SMILE Mass Beach Project or email info@smilemass.org
2021 Updated Locations in Massachusetts where SMILE MASS has donated Beach Wheelchairs.
Massachusetts Accessible Pools & Spray Decks
Pools. All DCR swimming pools have outdoor chair lifts to provide access to the water. Several pools also have ramps into the water or offer zero-depth entry. Select pools and spray decks also have beach wheelchairs for use.
For the most updated 2021 information and COVID updates visit the DCR Page link below.
  • Contact the pool or spray deck to reserve a beach wheelchair or for information about other site factors affecting accessibility.
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool Lifts are at all of the State Parks and Recreation’s pools.
Accessibility and contact details are on the DCR Massparks Accessible Pools Page.
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org.
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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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