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Weekly Update: January 28, 2022

Weekly Update
Our students have been engaging their senses and creativity on the pottery wheel in Ms. Trolan’s class!
Information From Cotting School
The Cotting Community Thanks Susan D.
To show its appreciation to Susan D. for her lasting contributions to the PTO, the Cotting community shared its thoughts about her (see below). Susan and her family are preparing to transition to Cotting alumni-hood.
“Many thanks for ALL the time you expended to make wonderful experiences happen for our kids… grateful for the special moments those experiences afforded.“
“Susan, through the years, you have brought so much cheer to the students at the Cotting School. We will miss your consistent dedication to the Holiday Marketplace and valuable perspective of all things PTO.”
“Your incredible investment of time and talent have broadened the opportunity for all Cotting parents to build this great school community through meaningful volunteer engagement. And your ‘just-do-it’ approach and fantastic sense of humor have allowed us to feel a sense of accomplishment and have a lot of fun all along the way.”
Once a Falcon Mom, Always a Falcon Mom
Representation Matters
Capstone teacher Ms. Piscopo shared the audio review and article about Amazon’s new show, As We See It, which is about three young twenty-somethings with autism (from the creator of Parenthood). All of the neurodiverse roles were cast with neurodiverse actors, and many of the production crew members are also folks with disabilities. It premiered last Friday and can be viewed on Prime.
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.
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
The Boston Ability Center is happy to announce our 2022 intensive therapy camps for children ages 3-10 with neuromuscular impairments. All camps will run from 9am-12pm February 21-25 and April 19-22, during the school breaks, with two, one-hour therapy sessions followed by one hour of camp activities.
To learn more, click here. Registration is open NOW for both camp weeks.
Healthcare Proxy vs. Guardianship
Webinar, January 31st, 2022, 12 noon- 1:30 pm with the Seven Hills Family Support Centers. Medical Ethicist Betsy Johnson of DDS will be presenting on the power of healthcare proxy and will discuss the intricacies of healthcare proxy and guardianship. Hosted by North Central and South Valley Family Support Centers. Hosted by North Central and South Valley Family Support Centers.
RSVPs required for the Zoom link or contact Ida Avoryie, iavoryie@sevenhills.org or Eliana Agudelo, eagudelo@sevenhills.org
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.
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.
Adaptive/Therapeutic Skating: Norwood
Norwood, February 6th – March 27th, 2022. The Skating Club of Boston® 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
Nothing about Us, Without Us:
Webinar, February 10th, 2022, with Inclusion Matters, the SEPAC of West Bridgewater, MA. The speaker will be the Chair of Inclusion Matters, Dr. Melissa Winchell.
  • Sharing from her own experiences including her child with I/DD and ASD in her Team meetings, Dr. Winchell will make a brief presentation on why and how to include our kids in their IEP meetings–even before they turn 14 and are formally invited by the school district.
  • Then a panel of Massachusetts parents will share the creative ways they’ve engaged their children with disabilities in their own IEP meetings.
  • Learn how your child–no matter how young–can find their place on an IEP Team.
AANE’s 2022 Virtual Jody Acford Conference
For Teens and Adults with Asperger/Autism Profiles, Families, and Professionals Working in the Autism Community Massachusetts Edition: March 5th and 6th
A Roadmap Through Adulthood: Making Sense of Public & Private Support Systems
for Adults on the Spectrum
From public agencies to private programs, there are many ways individuals with Asperger/autism profiles can receive employment support. Sessions exploring these options will include:
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), Sonya Alexander, Director MRC Connect, & Sheryl Cruz, Supervisor MRC Connect, & Kaitlin Morrissette, Supervisor MRC Connect
  • Forward Motion Coaching, Barbara Bissonette, Certified Coach
  • MGH AspireWorks, Laura Sears, Career Counselor/Program Coordinator
  • Transition to Work, Jewish Vocational Services, Micah Fleisig
United by Crisis, Uniting for Change: Our Services and Supports Can’t Wait
The 44th Annual Legislative Reception will be held virtually.
Please join us for a VIRTUAL joint legislative reception of The Arc of Massachusetts (The Arc) and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, from 10:00 -11:00 AM.
MDDC will be honoring Senator Cindy Friedman, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, and The Arc will be honoring Representative Michael J. Finn, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities, as Legislators of the Year. Lauren Beckham Falcone, WROR radio host and mother of a child with Down syndrome, will be serving as the emcee.
The disability community continues to face enormous challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 9, join The Arc and MDDC for the virtual 44th Annual Legislative Reception, where we’ll reflect on what our community has endured and how the Massachusetts Legislature and Administration has responded to the crisis. We will also look ahead as we unite together for change to serve all members of our community equitably.
We anticipate several hundred citizens, family members, and staff in the field will attend virtually, as well as numerous elected and appointed officials. American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided, as well as CART and Spanish interpretation. Accommodations must be requested by February 22. We hope you will join us in honoring our community’s champions!
#MALegRec22 #ChangeCantWaitMA
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
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