Weekly Update: April 1, 2022

Weekly Update
Students have been having a blast learning the basics of tennis!
Information From Cotting School
Cotting Summer Term 2022 dates have been finalized!
The Summer Term dates noted as tentative on the 2021-2022 School Calendar are now finalized. The program will run from Monday, July 11 through Friday, August 12, 2022.
Nominate Your Favorite Cotting Staff Member for a MAAPS Award!
Application deadline is April 8!
Who do you think deserves recognition for their work at Cotting School? Nominate them for a MAAPS award by April 8 and share your hero story!
Nominations for the 2022 Albert E. Trieschman Memorial Award for Exceptional Direct Service to Children or Excellence in Teaching must be completed by April 8. Your nominee must be currently employed in a MAAPS member school, such as Cotting School, and have at least two years’ experience in direct service to children. This award is intended to acknowledge superior direct service contributions to special needs children by a clinician, specialist or childcare worker whose performance and achievement reflect the high principles of the profession and the Association as set forth in the ethical and professional standards of MAAPS and as required by the complex demands associated with serving children with special needs. Awards will be presented at the May 26 MAAPS Board and Awards Celebration and Reception.
Nominations can be submitted by Cotting School students, alumni, families, board members, donors and staff.
Cotting School Movie Night!
We hope you’ll join us for a special movie screening of “Best Summer Ever” (PG13), a feature film by Zeno Mountain Farm, next Friday, April 8 at 6 p.m. Cotting alumni (Alex ’10, Sara ’10, Josh ’07 and Sara ’21) who appear in the film will join the directors for a special Q&A session after the film. Special thanks to Peter Halby and the entire Zeno Mountain Farm crew for their generosity in bringing this screening to Cotting!
If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Carly Churchill at cchurchill@cotting.org.
An Invitation for Cotting Parents to attend the Children’s Hospital Cardiac Virtual Neurodevelopmental Family Symposium April 8-9
Cotting staff and parents are invited to attend Boston Children’s Hospital’s upcoming virtual Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Family Symposium, which is appropriate for anyone who cares for young people ages 0-24 with complex medical or developmental profiles. 2022 themes focus on executive function and anxiety.
Register here Cotting staff and parents can use this code P99GKEC for free registration.
Catherine Ullman Shade, Ph.D. M.Ed., Director of Education
Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
Community Resources & Events
Team IMPACT’s unique two-year program connects children, ages 5-16, with a serious illness or disability with college sports teams, creating a long term, life changing experience for everyone involved. Based on a clinical model, Team IMPACT guides a relationship between teams and children focused on socialization, empowerment, and resilience, ensuring everyone involved has the personalized game plan they need to win – effectively building confidence and independence.
Team IMPACT works with colleges and universities nationwide, and they want YOU to get involved! To learn more, or apply to the program click here.
Remote & In-Person Services Available
Easterseals College Navigator program provides individualized services to college students with disabilities based on their goals, strengths, and needs. Our Navigators assist students in identifying barriers, advocating for the student’s needs, and accessing college service and resources to successfully reach graduation. Services are delivered in person, virtually, or together to meet the student’s needs.
The Bike Connector Friend-Raising Open House
Saturday, April 2nd, 2 – 4 pm at our Downtown location at 47 Lee Street, Lowell.
The Bike Connector is a non-profit, 100% volunteer-run, community-based program that offers a “Do It Together” bike repair workshop, affordable bicycles, and hands-on educational programming. We collaborate with community partners to distribute and maintain bikes throughout greater Lowell. We collect bicycles in any condition and make them usable again.
Discover The Bike Connector. Bring a friend. Enjoy pizza and craft beer. Ride retro bikes. Families are welcome! Bring your calendar to schedule a volunteer session. Donate a bike or make a contribution.
From Waypoint Adventure: Applications Are Still Being Accepted for LIT!
Our Leaders-In-Training program is restarting in May. This is a 7-month long series of programs for a peer group of young adults ages 16-28, designed to develop leadership skills and improve self-confidence through outdoor adventures. There is an application process that includes filling out an application and participating in a short interview, as well as a program fee (scholarships available if needed).
We are looking for applicants who are able to do the following:
  • Have a formal interview with a Waypoint staff member
  • Be reasonably familiar and comfortable with social settings
  • Can participate in group discussions around a theme or goal
  • Can answer open ended questions
  • Can generally follow multi-step instructions or stick to a task independently (or with few prompts)
  • Commit to attending and participating in all LIT programs
We are hoping that more female-identifying candidates will apply!
For more information or to apply, go to waypointadventure.org/lit or email Carly Steinauer at csteinauer@waypointadventure.org
“Caring Bunny” Sensory Events in New England
In Massachusetts & NH, April 3rd, 2022. Celebrate Bunny Magic in a sensitive environment and capture the moment with a commemorative photo package.
  • Bunny Cares events are special events for children with special needs and their families.
  • During these events, each location will take steps to reduce sensory triggers and provide a much more comfortable environment to allow children to visit the Easter Bunny.
  • Limited spots available – RSVP to the link provided below:
Please Confirm The 2022 dates and times with the host website.
  • Auburn Mall, April 3rd
  • Braintree, South Shore Plaza, April 3rd
  • Burlington Mall, April 3rd
  • Chestnut Hill, The Shops at Chestnut Hill, April 3rd
  • Hyannis, Cape Cod Mall, April 3rd
  • Peabody, April 3rd
  • Saugus, Square One Mall, April 3rd
New Hampshire
  • Manchester, Mall of New Hampshire, April 3rd
  • Nashua, Pheasant Lane Mall, April 3rd
  • Salem, Mall at Rockingham Park, April 3rd
Sensory-Friendly Days with Mass Audubon starting April 4!
In order to continue making nature accessible to all, Mass Audubon is launching a series of Sensory Friendly Days at sanctuaries throughout Massachusetts, including Drumlin Farm in Lincoln on 4/4, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick on 4/11, and Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont on 4/25
  • During these times, you can visit when properties are closed to the general public or tend to be relatively quiet.
  • Some sites will have special hikes with nature guides available to recommend appropriate trails and guide your experience, while others provide self-lead opportunities.
  • You can also find All Persons Trails at many of these sanctuaries. These trails feature wide, flat, ADA-accessible paths connecting parking areas to the wilds of nature.
Pre-registration is requested or contact mass_audubon@massaudubon.org or (781) 259-9500
From the Federation for Children with Special Needs:
Connecting Families with MA Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
April 7 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The NEW MRC Office of Individual and Family Engagement: What can it do for YOU and Your family!
This presentation will provide an overview of the Office of Individual and Family Engagement, a newer office at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. You will hear from the leads of the Office about (1) what this office can do for you and your family (2) exciting new Office initiatives like a quarterly disability forum and disability newsletter and (3) opportunities to get connected with and learn more about MRC.
Merrimack Valley Disability Transition Fair – Feria virtual sobre la transición discapacidad
Virtual Event, April 7th, 2022, with the Lawrence, MA, Public Schools. An event for students receiving special education services and their families who want to know more about transition planning into adulthood.
 * Un evento para estudiantes que reciben servicios de educación especial y sus familias
interesados en conocer más sobre la planificación y transición hacia la vida adulta.
* Hear from the:
* Escuche de:
  • Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
  • The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
  • The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
  • The Arc of Massachusetts
  • The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority
To register visit / Para registrarse visita Elaine Davey at 978-772-8463 or elaine.davey@lawrence.k12.ma.us if you have any questions. o contacto comuníquese con Elaine Davey al 978-772-8463 o elaine.davey@lawrence.k12.ma.us si tienes alguna pregunta.
Miss Amazing AMPLIFY Event for Girls, Teens & Women with Special Needs
Medfield, MA, April 9th, 2022. Free to participants. Open to girls, teens & women with special needs living in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
  • Miss Amazing welcomes female participants ages five and older.
  • Miss Amazing, Inc. is a national, non-profit 501c(3) organization for girls and women with disabilities.
  • The organization aims to teach valuable life skills and build the self-confidence of those with disabilities in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Massachusetts Miss Amazing is a one-day event that gives girls and women with disabilities the opportunity to reach their full potential by focusing on their unique abilities, goals, and dreams.
  • By participating in a variety of skill areas, the participants can build upon their self-confidence as well as their social and communication skills.
  • Miss Amazing encourages the inclusion of girls and women with disabilities.
  • Massachusetts Miss Amazing is a day of bonding, learning, growing, and having fun.
To participate in the pageant click here or contact ma.missamazing.org or (508) 850-6290.
Lexington: Special-Needs Resource Fair
Lexington Community Center, Lexington, MA, April 9th, 2021. The Lexington Special Education Parents (LexSEPTA / LexSEPAC), will present their annual Special-Needs Resource Fair.
  • Meet therapists, recreational organizations, nonprofits, support groups, and other providers who serve families and children with special needs.
  • Please visit the link below for the most updated list of local resources, providers and summer programs that will be exhibiting.
  • LexSEPAC and LexSEPTA encompasses both the Parent Advisory Council for children with special needs in Lexington, MA and Lexington’s special education PTA.
For more information visit the Lexington Special Education Parents Advisory Council https://lexsepta.org/ and scroll down to events or contact presidents@lexsepta.org
Virtual “Arts Better the Lives of Everyone Conference”
Boston In Person & Virtual Conference, April 9th & 10th, 2022, with the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Free and open to the public. Arts Better the Lives of Everyone is a professional development opportunity in the field of arts education and special needs.
This event brings together educators, artists, researchers, policymakers, school administrators, program administrators, and students to share best practices, explore new research, and learn from each other.
The conference offers:
  • Live, synchronous keynote presentations
  • Recorded breakout sessions
  • Performances by artists with disabilities
  • Live panel discussions.
In addition, all 2022 conference registrants will receive admission to the BIAESN Digital Learning Series, which comprises 12 monthly webinars and workshops with hands-on teaching strategies. The series will take place monthly from May 2022 to April 2023.
* Accessibility – Synchronous sessions will be live-captioned and American sign language–interpreted. Asynchronous sessions will be captioned.
Registration is required by April 6, 2022. To register or for more information click here or contact biaesn@berklee.edu or 617-747-2760.
ABLE Accounts Workshop
Webinar, April 12th, 2022, with the Special Needs Transition Group of Wakefield, MA. The roadmap to enrollment takes you from the pathway of being ABLE eligible to enrollment as you ask questions such as:
  • What is ABLE?
  • Who is eligible?
  • What can funds be used for?
  • How to manage the account?
  • How do I enroll?
Topics may include:
  • ABLE Accounts and Qualified Disability Expenses
  • Expenses That Do or Do Not Meet QDE Criteria
  • The Impact of an ABLE Account on Social Security and SSI Disability Benefits
  • Maximizing the Use of an ABLE Account Without Jeopardizing a Range of Other Benefits
  • A Range of Strategies for Funding an ABLE Account
  • Using ABLE Accounts to Support the Transition from School to Adult Training, Higher Education
  • Work, and Independent Living
About the speaker: Michael Weiner is Financial Advisor specializing in Special Needs.
RSVPs are required to SPEDHousing.Transition@gmail.com
Stay in touch!
Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org.
Helpful Links
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