Weekly Update: April 29, 2022

Weekly Update

Ms. VanSteenbergen’s class had a successful scavenger hunt for recyclable materials at a local supermarket.

Information From Cotting School
Cotting School Family Support Information Session:

A Team to Carry On

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

6:00 pm on Zoom

Presented by: Alexandria Nadworny


Who will take your place when you can no longer do all that you do for your child? While no one can replace a parent, it helps to begin the process of building a Team to Carry On™ throughout every stage of the timeline.


To receive the Zoom meeting link, please RSVP to Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org.

NEW Info Session

Our next in-person info session (including a brief tour) will be  Friday, 5/20 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Please feel free to share this information! RSVP to Elizabeth Russell, 781-862-7323 ext. 114 or erussell@cotting.org.

Cotting Conversations

Puberty: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities

Monday, May 16, 9:30 am – 10:30 am in the Campus Center (an optional tour of Cotting campus will take place after the event)

Our panelists Include:

  • Dr. Pam Varrin, Family Support Coordinator at Cotting School (Discussion Moderator)
  • Rachel Vorkink, School Psychologist at Cotting School
  • Dr. Julia Berg, Development-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and Medical Fellow at Cotting School

Please RSVP to Amanda Balagur, Director of Marketing & Communications, at abalagur@cotting.org or 781-862-7323 ext. 205.

Community Resources & Events

VKC Introduces Two New Toolkits to Mitigate Stress Caused by Needle Sticks in Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Author: Elizabeth Turner

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers have created two new toolkits – one for parents and one to share with clinicians – to help ease the stress caused by needle sticks and blood draws. You can download these toolkits at the link below or email pvarrin@cotting.org for copies.


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Supporting Under-Resourced Individuals and Families in the Greater Boston Area: A Forum for Families and Professional Partners of Transition Age Youth and Young Adults Ages 14-25

Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Register for this conversation to assist in identifying unmet needs and barriers, recommended supports and next steps. This conversation will be facilitated by The Arc’s Roxanne Hoke Chandler, parent and Steering Committee Member, and Kerry Mahoney, Director of Education and Outreach. Contact Kerry at Mahoney@arcmass.org with any questions or requests for interpretation/language needs.

Connecting Families With Mass Health

Virtual Event, May 5, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. with the Federation for Children with Special Needs of Massachusetts. This event will have simultaneous interpretation in the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.

  • Kate Ginnis, Mass Health Senior Director of Parent, Child and Family Health Policy and Programs will join FCSN for Connecting Families to talk about programs, updates and initiatives from Mass Health for children.
  • Questions will be collected through registration so Ms. Ginnis can address issues most relevant to families.

About the speaker: Kate Ginnis, MSW, MPH, is the Senior Director of Parent, Child and Family Health Policy and Programs at MassHealth. In her role at MassHealth, Kate has been working to improve care for children and their families, including a specific focus on the needs of medically and behaviorally complex children. Prior to joining MassHealth, Kate spent 20+ years at Boston Children’s Hospital in a range of clinical, research, teaching and policy roles.

Registration is required or contact 800-331-0688

Insurance Coverage for Behavioral Health: Insurance Options Through the Lifespan

Webinar, May 5, 2022, with the Insurance Resource Center for Autism and Behavioral Health, UMASS Chan Medical School – Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. Free “Lunch and Learn” via Zoom on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month from 12-12:30 p.m.

May 5: Insurance Options Through the Lifespan

Free to attend. Registration required.

  • Spanish translation available.
  • All presentations will be recorded and posted on the the Insurance Resource Center for Autism and Behavioral Health website.

Upcoming webinars

  • May 5: Insurance Options Through the Lifespan
  • May 19: Keeping Disabled Adults on a Parent’s Policy Past Age 26

To register or for more information click here or contact 800-764-0200.

Disability Benefits & Transition Age Youth

Webinar, May 10, 2022, with the Employment First / Institute for Community Inclusion with UMass Boston. The Institute for Community Inclusion, with funding from the Department of Developmental Services, has partnered with Work Without Limits to offer this two-hour training for educators, family members, DDS staff and providers.

Disability Benefits & Transition Age Youth – This training provides information related to the significant benefit changes that young adults with disabilities need to understand as they approach adulthood, including:

  • The mandatory Supplemental Security Income (SSI) age 18 redetermination process
  • How adult benefits differ from childhood-related benefits under both Social Security programs
  • SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • How changes to public health insurance can occur
  • Section 301 (Continued Payment under a Vocational Rehabilitation Program or Similar Program)
  • The Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) for individuals 21 and younger on SSI
  • How a PASS Plan can help young adults leverage financial resources to fund education that may give them a head start on their career goals

ASL and CART have been requested. Requests must be made when you register. The deadline to request ASL is May 5 for the May session.

Pre-registration is required or contact Berenise Reyes-Albino at berenise.albino@umb.edu or 617-287-4314 with questions.

What Happens When a Parent Retires and They Have a Child With a Disability

Webinar, May 10, 2022, 6:30 p.m., Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) and the Autism Alliance will host Attorney Svetlana Uimenkova of the Disability Law Center .

  • Join a webinar focused on the transition for families that occurs when a parent retires, begins receiving Social Security retirement benefits, ends employer-based commercial health insurance and enrolls in Medicare.
  • Attorney Svetlana Uimenkova of the Disability Law Center will present about this transition and its impact on the adult disabled family member’s social security and health insurance status.
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar, a fact sheet and an AFAM email address where registrants can send questions in advance of the webinar.

Register here or contact 508-652-9900 AutismAlliance@Advocates.org

“Junior Varsity” Program for Ages 5-10 With a Mobility Impairment

Quincy, May 14 – June 18, 2022. Adaptive Sports New England, in collaboration with Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers, is launching a “Junior Varsity” program for youth ages 5-10 who have a mobility impairment.

  • This program is focused on fun and friendships, as they look to build a cadre of kids to play sports like basketball, whiffleball and pickleball/tennis, as well as kids’ games like tag and red light/green light.
  • This will be a monthly series kicking off with the May 14  Adaptive Sports and Games session at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy.
  • The series will continue with a field day on June 18 at Braintree High School in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Adaptive Sports New England Track Meet.
  • They will have sessions each month based on input from the kids and their families.
  • Youth who use wheelchairs, as well as those who do not, are both welcome to the Junior Varsity program activities.
  • Siblings are encouraged to participate.

To register or for more information contact Joe Walsh joe.walsh@adaptivesportsne.org or 617-690-9103

Stay in touch!

Please share your own resources and suggestions! Send them to pvarrin@cotting.org.

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