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Weekly Update: January 7, 2022

Weekly Update
Gianna, Elisa and Olivia made dough for cinnamon decorations. Such a fun activity to incorporate almost all of their senses!
Information From Cotting School
REMINDER: The Falcons v Nobles game scheduled for tonight, Friday, 1/7, has been canceled. We hope to reschedule it for later in the season.
Change of Term
Classes that meet the first half the year will end on 1/28. Classes that meet the second half of the year will begin on 1/31.
Community Resources & Events
Needham – Adaptive Free Swim
Charles River YMCA in Needham, Winter & Spring 2022. Free and open to those with special needs.
  • All teens and young adults welcome, with and without disability (companions, aides and therapist are welcome)
  • Enjoy swim laps, workout, recreate, relax and socialize.
For more information please visit ymcaboston.org/charlesriver or contact Janine Schultze, Adaptive Swim Coordinator, Charles River YMCA 781-444-6400 or jschultze@ymcaboston.org
Adaptive Skating: Acton
Acton, January 8th – March 26th, 2022. This Adaptive Program was created to teach skating skills to people of all ages with special needs. They provide a 1/1 partner for most skaters with individualized instruction.
  • If ready and able, the skater will graduate into a small group setting.
  • Skating independently will be the ultimate goal for most skaters, depending on their abilities.
  • Prior skating experience is not needed to participate
  • Skaters learn basic skating skills while gaining confidence and trust through the use of special games, toys, and activities.
  • Other skills that participants practice will include eye contact, fine motor skills, verbal skills, peer modeling, pretend play, praise, and taking turns
  • Skaters need to have their own single blade skates, helmet, snow pants, and gloves.
  • Host does NOT provide rental skates.
Fees apply, registration is required to www.sharperedgeskating.com/adaptive-program or contact info@sharperedgeskating.com or 978-369-0088
Disability Listening & Learning Forum with the Mass Rehab Commission
Webinar, January 11th, 2022, at 4:30 pm with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) helps individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. MRC is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Living, and Disability Determination for federal benefit programs.
  • Each quarter, MRC wants to provide a space for the disability community to learn and share so an agency they can do better in partnering with you and your loved ones.
  • Disability Listening & Learning Forum with the Mass Rehab Commission
  • The theme for this quarter’s listening and learning forum will focus on Independent Living Centers (ILC’s) and transportation services and supports.
  • Independent Living Centers (ILC’s) and how they can support you and your family
  • Transportation services and supports available to the disability community in MA
  • Stories from individuals with disabilities who have worked with ILC’s and transportation supports
  • Share YOUR feedback on how MRC can best support you
  • Who: They are focusing this presentation on an audience of individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • They want to hear from you whether you’ve received services from MRC or not.
To register or for more information on this Disability Listening & Learning Forum with the Mass Rehab Commission visit massrehabcommission.zoom.us or contact Amanda.Costa@mass.gov (Director, Individual and Family Engagement)
On-line sessions, January 12 – 21, 2022, with Westfield State University’s Banacos Academic Center.
For students with any and all disabilities, and for those with the possibility of needing support services.
  • Preparing for college is process. It includes learning how to be an independent learner, advocate for one self and how to improve your academic skills continuously.
  • Students with disabilities going to college should understand that they will be expected to perform – and will be assessed – in the same manner as their peers.
  • Disability/Accessibility Services staff from the other Massachusetts Universities and a Westfield State Admissions representative will be present.
Westfield State University’s Banacos Academic Center is hosting an hour-long Zoom sessions to address these very questions for high school personnel, students and their parents or guardians. Disability/Accessibility Services staff from the other Massachusetts Universities and a Westfield State Admissions representative will be present. Sessions are capped at 50 sign ups.
Sessions for students, families, and high school personnel (sign up here)
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.
Or contact Sarah Lazare, slazare@westfield.ma.edu, director, Banacos Academic Center at Westfield State University with questions 413-572-8789
An Introduction to DDS Family & Autism Support Services
Webinar, January 13th, 2022, with Vinfen of Cambridge, MA. The Vinfen Family Support Center and the Autism Sprinter “Stabilize Me” series will host Sethany Griffin, Program Director of Family Support Services at Vinfen.
  • Sethany will be presenting an overview of Family Support Services available through DDS.
  • About the speaker: Sethany Griffin has also been appointed by Governor Baker as a citizen member of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC). Funded by the federal government, the MDDC is an independent agency that works to provide opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity, and inclusion.
  • Additionally, Sethany is a mother to an individual with autism who also has an intellectual and developmental disability and experiences mental health challenges.
Sharing Space for Siblings During COVID-19 -Adult Siblings Virtual Get Together
Virtual Event, January 19th, 2022, with the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network. Join in on their Sharing Space for adult siblings to share joys and concerns related to having a brother/sister with disabilities.
Behavioral Training with the Author of “The Explosive Child”
Virtual Event, January 20 – 22nd, 2022, with Dr. Ross Greene of Lives in the Balance in Maine. Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: 2-Day Virtual Training with Dr. Ross Greene, PhD. This is the evidence-based model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings.
  • This model focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behavior, emphasizes collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention, de-emphasizes diagnostic categories, and provides practical, research-based tools for assessment and intervention.
  • In this webinar, Dr. Greene will provide an overview of the CPS model, along with more advanced coverage of the nuances of assessment and engaging kids in solving the problems that affect their lives.
  • You don’t have to participate in both days.
  • On Day One, Dr. Greene will provide a general overview of the CPS model, including key themes, use of assessment instrumentation, and solving problems collaboratively.
  • On Day Two he will dive deeper into various facets of the model, with extensive use of video examples and ample time for questions and discussion.
  • If you’re only interested in an introduction to the CPS model, just sign up for the first day.
  • If you want both, sign up for both days.
Intended Audience: Parents, Mental Health Professionals, Special Educators, Classroom Teachers, Special Education Administrators, Superintendents, Principals/Assistant Principals, Speech/Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Pediatricians/Family Physicians, Staff in Restrictive Therapeutic Facilities (Inpatient Psychiatric Units, Residential Facilities, Juvenile Detention Facilities)
Fees apply, registration is required by January 19th, 2022, to www.eventbrite.com or contact Liz Rudman at Liz@livesinthebalance.org.
Understanding Teens with an Asperger Profile
Webinar, January 20th, 2022, with CASE Collaborative of Concord, MA. “Understanding Teens with an Asperger Profile is a free presentation that will cover the Asperger autism profile, including common characteristics and support strategies.
  • All Parents and Caregivers are Welcome to Attend.
  • General information on the following topics will be discussed with a focus on transition-aged youth.
There will be time for Q&A’s following the presentation.
  • Strengths-based overview of the Asperger profile (AS101).
  • The intersection of sensory needs, anxiety, and behavior.
  • Autism & the IEP, including transition considerations.
Presented by Amanda Bailey, Family Support Specialist, from the Asperger/Autism Network.
RSVP to Sue Campbell at scampbell@casecollaborative.org if you would like to attend or visit https://www.casecollaborative.org/. A follow up Zoom Link will be provided to all registrants.
“Guardianship 103” Virtual Transition Support Group for Parents
Online, January 26th, 2022, and the fourth Wednesday of each month, with the Lurie Center for Autism in Lexington, MA. Once you have successfully completed your guardianship appointment, one of the important duties for legal guardians in Massachusetts is reporting to the probate court.
  • The initial Guardian Care Plan/Report is required within 60 days of the appointment, and then annually on the anniversary of the guardianship appointment.
  • This workshop is a hands–on group tutorial that walks you through the questions to help you prepare the Guardian Care Plan/Report. (MPC 821)
Fees apply, registration is required scroll down to “workshops/events” or contact 781-860-1700
Save the date for a virtual forum!
Mobility Management in Massachusetts
February 3, 10am-noon
Navigating community transportation options can be confusing for older adults, people with disabilities, and others in need of a ride. Through using mobility management strategies, you can facilitate mobility – by working directly with consumers to help them become aware of and learn to use the options available to them, and/or by working with transportation providers and other stakeholders to coordinate and expand mobility options.
Join MassMobility, MassDOT Rail & Transit, and the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative on February 3 to hear how local agencies are incorporating mobility management into their work. Full agenda coming soon.
This forum is targeted to aging and disability services agencies, transportation providers, planners, advocates, and anyone else interested in expanding mobility for older adults, people with disabilities, and others who lack access to transportation. Learn how you can incorporate mobility management strategies to help your consumers.
Cross-Country Skiing with Waypoint Adventure
Enjoy winter at Weston Ski Track! Our team will get to know you and your goals when you register and then on the snow, we’ll provide instruction and training on all the equipment options. We have snowshoes and cross-country skis for upright fun and high-performance sit-skis, kick-sleds, or push ski-sleds too for seated options! We can customize and modify equipment to fit your needs and goals.
Stay in touch!
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org.
Helpful Links
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