Parent Weekly Update: September 17, 2021

Weekly Update
After so much anticipation, our students finally got to see the brand new Campus Center!
Information From Cotting School
Cotting Fall Family BBQ: Hawaiian Luau
Sunday, September 19th, 2021, 12 noon-3:00 pm
Rain or shine under the tents on the Cotting Grounds
ALL ATTENDEES MUST HAVE A TICKET TO ATTEND.
Join us for TENNESSEE BBQ*RAFFLES*GAMES*PRIZES*SLUSH*ICE CREAM
Want to pitch in to help with an activity?
Do you have a teenager at home who needs community service hours?
They can fulfill those hours having fun volunteering at the BBQ!
If you are not able to come, you can still support the event by participating in the online raffle at
Online raffle closes on Saturday, Sept 18.
Questions? Contact Pam Varrin at Cotting School 781-862-7323 x130 pvarrin@cotting.org
Cotting School is proud to introduce this year’s Senior Class:
Billy C.
Jamie D.
Patrick D.
Amadi G.
M.E. L.
Zach L.
Liam M.
Frankie V. T
The Seniors will meet as a group for the first time today. Details will be coming soon on their first fundraiser.
If you see any of them in your travels, say hello and congrats!
Marcie Garon and Mike Teuber
2009 HONDA ODYSSEY EXL ADAPTED VAN FOR SALE! Referred by a Cotting parent
  • Only 67,000 miles – excellent condition
  • 6 Cylinder
  • White with beige leather interior
  • Original owner
  • Equipped with a Joey Interior Platform Vehicle Lift in rear
  • Lift holds up to 350 lbs
  • Drive on/drive off platform, adjustable wheel locks, one button hand-held control operation to load and unload
  • Lift installed in third row so van still seats 5 people
Asking $20,5000 — Contact Scott at 617-775-1108
Community Resources & Events
Adaptive Dance for all Ages
The Adaptive Dance program shares the joy of dance to students ages 6-18 with special needs. We offer multiple levels based on age. Each class is designed to meet the individual needs of its students, taking into account their emotional maturity, attention span, and developmental stage.
The class offers instruction in tap, jazz, hip-hop, and creative movement and results in one (1) recital performance routine during our Fall/Winter session. The adaptive dance program builds skills in fostering independence, confidence, cooperation, increasing strength and coordination. The class allows a safe environment for kids to foster friendships, and gain self esteem.
Go to https://www.thedanceinn.com/adaptive for more information or to register.
Fall 2021-2022 Schedule
In person classes held at The Dance Inn, 1403 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington
Tuesdays
  • Adaptive 1 – 7-10 year olds: 5:15-6:00pm
  • Adaptive II – 11-13year olds: 6:00-6:45pm
Saturdays (Virtual)
  • Virtual Adaptive – Age 16+: 11:00-11:45am on Zoom
Ask the Advocate: A Panel Discussion with Experienced Advocates
Webinar, September 21, 2021, with the Special Needs Advocacy Network of Massachusetts. Sandra Fitzpatrick and Carol Silva will ask prepared questions for leading Advocates, such as:
  • What do you wish you knew when you started
  • Lessons learned; unexpected occurrence at team meetings
To register or for more information visit www.spanmass.org or contact
508-655-7999 or info@spanmass.org.
“A Long Walk Down a Winding Road” Author to Speak
Peabody, MA, September 22nd, 2021. Hosted by the Autism Resource Center of the Northeast Arc. A conversation with author, blogger, coach, and autistic adult, Sam Farmer. Sam is a resident Massachusetts, who obtained a late diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Sam Farmer’s first book, A Long Walk Down a Winding Road – Small Steps, Challenges, & Triumphs Through an Autistic Lens, and his blogs, videos and public presentations, comprise what he calls his “paying it forward mission”, inspired by his deceased parents. When his mother passed away, he could no longer pay her back for all she had done to help him move forward, so he decided instead to “pay it forward” to others who might benefit from his ideas and insights, and to do so in her memory.
  • Sam Farmer wears many hats, among these, father, husband, musician, computer consultant, and autism spectrum community contributor. He writes blogs and articles, records coaching videos, and presents at conferences, sharing what he has learned with the intent of helping others help themselves.
  • Proof of COVID 19 vaccination is required for this event. Mask wearing will be enforced for attendees in common areas.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact the event host https://ne-arc.org/contact-us/ or 978-762-4878
Notes from the Arc
MassHealth Prior Approvals and Appeals: How’s it Going?
In August, The Arc posted a survey answered by 53 individuals and/or families to help obtain feedback on third-party administration, especially related to prior approvals of long-term supports and services including durable medical equipment. On September 27 at noon, join us for a session that presents an opportunity for further feedback. We’ve invited survey respondents but the session is open to others who didn’t have a chance to respond and our general stakeholder audience. Register here.
The Nature Connection presents…
FAMILY FALL FEST
Celebrate fall with live music, food and drinks, games, and more!
Fall is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than getting outside and enjoying the season with your friends and family!
The Nature Connection invites you to our Family Fall Fest on Sunday, October 3rd at Gardner Field in Acton featuring:
·      Live music
·      Fall foods and drinks (yes, there will be apple cider)
·      Beer and hard cider
·      Yard games for all ages
·      Live animals
·      Face painting
·      Nature crafts
·      Themed raffle baskets
Bring your own chair or blanket and spread out on the grass while enjoying the beauty of fall. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child through pre-registration or at the door, kids ages 4 and under get in free.
Discovery Museum in Acton, MA:
Fall Schedule of Free Admission Events for Families of Children with Disabilities
Especially for Me events offer free admission to families with children on the autism spectrum, who are deaf or hard of hearing, or are blind or low vision, as well as “all-access” events for any family that would benefit
The events provide free admission for families with children on the autism spectrum, with hearing or vision loss, or facing other developmental challenges, during dedicated hours when the Museum is closed to the general public and building capacity is limited. Any family who can benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome at these events. A medical diagnosis is not required.
Discovery Museum is ADA compliant and all exhibits are accessible, designed according to Universal Design principles to be both aesthetically pleasing and useable by the widest possible range of people, without regards to age or ability. During these events, accommodations are offered that increase access to Museum exhibits.
All Especially for Me events are free to attend, but preregistration is required online at www.discoveryacton.org/efm as space is limited.
  • Sunday, October 3, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Afternoon for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing and KODA Children
  • Sunday, October 10, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm:  Autism-Friendly Afternoon
  • Saturday, October 16, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm:  All Access Evening (dinner provided)
  • Sunday, October 24, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm:   All Access Afternoon
  • Sunday., November 21, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Afternoon for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing and KODA Children
  • Sunday, December 5, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm:  Autism-Friendly Afternoon
Helpful Links
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Cotting School every time you shop, at no cost to you. Just select “Cotting School, Inc.” as your charitable organization and remember to shop at smile.amazon.com! Amazon will then donate a portion of your order’s purchase price to Cotting School!
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