Weekly Update: February 11, 2022

Weekly Update
Upper School & Capstone students had an amazing time on this week’s ski trip!
Information From Cotting School
Cotting School Family Support Information Session:
The Housing Workshop: Housing and Transition
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
6:00 pm on Zoom
Presented by: Alexandria Nadworny
About the presentation
The Housing Workshop is a step-by-step guide to planning for your child when they transition to adulthood and it is time to move out. It will focus on combining personal resources and government benefits to create a home for your loved one. The goal is to help you plan to achieve your vision of a great life for your child.
Please RSVP to Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org
PTO Makes Scholastic Dollars Available to Cotting Teachers
Marisa Etre, Kasey Walz, Katie VanSteenbergen, Lizzie Morrison, Kelsey Nagle and Nicole Girard, six of our newest teachers, were given the opportunity to select up to $150 Scholastic Dollars’ worth of books and/or classroom supplies.
Their orders have been placed and should soon be delivered to the school. The PTO hopes to earn more Scholastic Dollars for teachers at this year’s book fair. Stay tuned for more information!
Upcoming Info Sessions
Know someone who’d like to learn more about sending their child to Cotting School? We’ll be holding in-person info sessions (including a brief tour) from 9:30-11:00am on:
Please feel free to share this information! RSVP to Elizabeth Russell, 781-862-7323 ext. 114 or erussell@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
Community Resources & Events
Access to Federal Payments for Families:
Families and individuals with low or no income across Massachusetts could get thousands of dollars in federal payments this year due to recent policy changes, even if the family has never filed taxes before. This money could include missed stimulus payments, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the expanded Child Tax Credit. To receive this money, families need to file a tax return. Superintendents can send texts or robocalls and work with their family liaisons to encourage families to apply. FindYourFunds.org has outreach materials available in 11 languages. In addition, school and district leaders or liaisons can join a webinar at 12:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16 to learn more about how to spread the word. Families can learn more at findyourfunds.org.
Arc of Massachusetts Webinar: Sexuality on the Spectrum
February 17 at 12:00 p.m.
Identity, navigating relationships, changing bodies… sexuality is a broad and complex topic, and something that does not get discussed often enough in relation to autism.
Join Dr. Eileen Crehan, a clinical psychologist, and researcher at Tufts University, to learn about some of the exciting information we have about sexuality and the spectrum, and some programs and tools to help get teens and families access to the information they want and need. Register here.
Louis A. DePasquale Universal Design Playground Open at Danehy Park!
Located at Danehy Park between Field Street and the Briston Arms residential complex, the 30,000 square foot play area is the first in Cambridge to fully incorporate Universal Design (UD) – the concept that all parts should be as usable as possible, without changes, by everyone. In addition to physical accessibility, UD takes sensory, cognitive, and emotional abilities into consideration to create an environment that is welcoming to all people to the greatest extent possible. The park was designed for children, caregivers, and visitors of all ages and abilities to play, experience and enjoy.
“Whole Selves” Self Esteem, Intimacy & Consent for Special Needs Young Adults
Virtual Event, February 16th, and February 28th – August 19th, 2022, with Pathlight, Greenfield, MA. The February 16th workshop is for parents and caregivers and will briefly discuss components of how the Whole Selves program works, and what it covers. Whole Selves is all about straightforward, empowering, and comprehensive sexuality education for people with intellectual disabilities.
* The February 16th PARENT INFORMATION session is for parents to learn about Whole Selves and our clinics and meet instructors.
Virtual Self-Advocate Conference for Massachusetts Adults
On-Line Event, February 19th- 24th, 2022, with Mass Advocates Standing Strong. MASS is a state-wide, self-advocacy organization run for and by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Virtual Self-Advocate Conference for Massachusetts Families
* Your Ideas Count is the theme for the 2022 Conference. This conference is a celebratory presentation of ideas and topics important to self-advocates and people of all abilities.
* Take part in workshops and learn new skills while having fun with friends old and new.
To register or for more information visit https://ma-advocates.org/
or contact info@wearemass.org
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
Autism Burnout
Webinar, March 15th, 2022, with the MGH Aspire Program for Autism in Lexington. Free. Existing literature on the emerging topic of “autism burnout” will be reviewed during this workshop. Autism burnout has been described as intense physical, mental, or emotional exhaustion, often accompanied by a loss of skills over time.
  • Participants will learn about potential supports and strategies and share individual experiences.
  • This discussion will be led by a self-advocate’s first person account.
  • About these workshops: Aspires’ virtual workshops are designed to support parents and caregivers of individuals with ASD/an Asperger profile.
  • Workshop attendees do not need to have a child currently registered in an Aspire program.
  • Interested adults may register for individual sessions or the entire series.
Registration is required – scroll down to page to your desired event, or contact 781-860-1900.
Self-Directed Services for Adults with Disabilities
Webinar, March 28th, 2022, with the Seven Hills Support Centers of Central Massachusetts. Pam Hickey, DDS Regional Self-direction Manager, will explain the concept and answers questions that you may have.
  • Self-Directed Services for Adults with Disabilities – A growing number of individuals who live and receive services in the community are choosing to self-direct their services.
  • The purpose of Self-direction is to expand individual choice and control over services and supports that they need to live in the community.
RSVPs are required or contact Pam Hickey, Regional Self-Direction Manager, 413.205.0871 or pamela.hickey@state.ma.us
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!
Spread the Word!
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 would like to learn more!
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