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Weekly Update: January 21, 2022

Weekly Update
Our budding scientists in Lower School recently learned what praying mantises eat.
Information From Cotting School
At-Home Rapid Antigen Tests Available in February
Cotting will be offering at-home rapid antigen tests to students and staff for weekly surveillance testing in addition to our weekly Safety Testing on Tuesdays. This opt-in program will begin in February. We hope all families will join our staff in this new, second surveillance measure.
Please complete this form for access to the free at-home tests. Additional information and details about the program were sent directly to families via ConnectEd message on January 21, 2022. If you have any questions, please reach out to Bridget, Lynn or Karen.
N95 Masks Now Available at No Cost for Students
Please feel free to contact Clinical Director Lynn Coleman at lcoleman@cotting.org to request one for your child.
HYGIENE KIT DRIVE
To support the Lincoln Food Pantry and other local organizations,¬†Mr. Adelmann’s class¬†will be collecting¬†travel size¬†hygiene items from¬†January 17-28, 2022.
Your donations will¬†help our students practice their work skills at school through the vocational program.¬†Please label donations ‚ÄúHygiene Kit Drive‚ÄĚ for drop off at the collection box in the library.
Questions? Please email Mary Beth Rogers at mrogers@cotting.org.
Do you love trivia, fun and giving back to Cotting? Grab some friends and join us for the 5th annual Falcon Trivia Night to support Cotting School!
Would your company be interested in sponsoring a team?
Teams are typically four to eight people and we ask that each team contribute a minimum of $1,000 to play. There will be prizes for the top three teams, a raffle and a silent auction!
Learn more and register here:
Questions? Email Carly Churchill at cchurchill@cotting.org or call
781-325-7997.
Community Resources & Events
Federal Program for FREE at-home COVID-19 home tests!
Families will be able to order up to four tests per residential household.
The tests are available to the general public via the website covidtests.gov. If this website fails to load, the order form can be accessed directly via special.usps.com/testkits.
ABOUT THE AT-‚Ā†HOME COVID-‚Ā†19 TESTS
The tests available for order:
  • Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR
  • Can be taken anywhere
  • Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required)
  • Work whether or not you have COVID-‚Ā†19 symptoms
  • Work whether or not you are up to date on your COVID-‚Ā†19 vaccines
  • Are also referred to as self-tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests
There is still time to become an EPIC Service Warrior!
*Many Cotting students have benefitted from this program!
EPIC Service Warriors is a one-year leadership development and service-learning program for transition-aged youth with disabilities (16-23 yrs old). By creating the change they wish to see in the world, Warriors gain the skills necessary to meet their goals of employment, higher education, independent living and to be leaders in their communities.
Young people can learn more and apply online for our Boston team at https://www.epicleaders.org/bostonwarriors
In addition, folks can check out our FAQ page about Service Warriors to learn more.
If young people or their support networks want to learn more about EPIC and to speak with EPIC staff, please reach out to Boston Youth Program Specialist Dorothy Whitfield at dwhitfield@epicleaders.org.
Please note: Applications deadline to become a Service Warrior have been extended to January 31, 2022.
Information from the Arc of Massachusetts:
Advocates: please take action today on equal access to ABA for Adults (H184/S115) and Cueing and Supervision in the PCA program (H260/S129)!
Thank you for your advocacy last week on our healthcare bills–Operation House Call legislation passed favorably out of committee!
We will keep pushing for our other healthcare bills, but we need your action on these MassHealth bills that will shift policy and create equal access to needed services.
  • Require MassHealth to cover medically necessary Applied Behavior Analysis services for adults with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Include cueing and prompting as a covered service for those who need it
Our priority bills have less than a month left to pass out of committee. Please reach out personally to your Representative and Senator’s office as well, if possible.
If you have questions on these bills, please e-mail Maura at sullivan@arcmass.org.
Thank you and stay well!
Arc of Massachusetts ‚ÄúLeo Live‚ÄĚ Webinar, with Massachusetts Executive Director Leo Sarkissian
January 24th Topic: Access & Equity.
Leo Live will return to provide a status update on the topic of Adults and Turning 22, joined by self-advocate Gyasi Burks-Abbott and Gloria Castillo, Northeast Arc’s Family Support Centers Director. They will lead a discussion on determining ways to ensure our service system is accessible to all.
Needham ‚Äď Adaptive Free Swim
Charles River YMCA in Needham, Fridays 6:15 ‚Äď 7:00 pm; 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.
  • No registration is required.
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
By Elise Wulff, MEd
Senior Program Manager
On Wednesday, January 26, Elise Wulff, will be presenting “parenting a neurodiverse gender fluid child”¬†at a¬†Lurie Center for Autism Coffee Convo event.¬†Elise will facilitate a conversation with Shira Cohen, Aspire parent of Hallel, to hear about their family‚Äôs personal experience. In preparation for the upcoming event, Shira has¬†shared her thoughts¬†in response to Elise‚Äôs questions.
Bureau of Special Education Appeals ‚ÄúMediation & Facilitation‚ÄĚ for Boston Metro Families
Webinar, January 26th, 2022, with the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals. Often families and school districts are able to work collaboratively and develop IEPs and 504s to meet the needs of their students; however when they reach an impasse, it can be frustrating, upsetting, and sometimes leave the parties wondering how to move forward.
  • The Bureau of Special Education Appeals‚Äô Mediators/Facilitators aim to be both accessible and approachable>
  • They are now offering monthly Informational Zoom sessions open to ANYONE who wants to learn more about their¬†services.
Click here to register or for more information or contact Myrto Flessas, Coordinator of Mediation and Facilitation; Bureau of Special Education Appeals Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 857-260-4541 (mobile /preferred) 781-397-4794 (office / messages only) or Myrto.flessas@mass.gov
‚ÄúGuardianship 103‚ÄĚ 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‚Äďon 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 ‚Äúworkshops/events‚ÄĚ 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 Рby 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.
Adaptive/Therapeutic Skating: Norwood
Norwood, February 6th ‚Äď March 27th, 2022.¬†The Skating Club of Boston¬ģ believes everyone should have the opportunity to ice skate and is committed to providing positive and supportive programming for all to participate, learn from, and enjoy.
  • Adaptive/Therapeutic Skating is a unique program providing children and adults with disabilities access to the sport of figure skating by offering them an opportunity to participate in a specialized skating experience.
  • The program director, instructors, volunteer coordinator, and volunteers, work closely with each skater and family to tailor their individual instructional needs.
For more information visit https://skatingacademy.org/therapeutic/ or contact info@skatingacademy.org or 617-787-5283
The Federation for Children with Special Needs Virtual Visions of Community Conference
March 19, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Visit us here for the most recent updates about the upcoming conference or visit our FAQs page.
Registration is now Open Email us at voc@fcsn.org with any questions you may have.
Stay in touch!
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org.
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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