Weekly Update: June 3, 2022

Weekly Update
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Information From Cotting School
Congratulations to Our Graduating Seniors and Their Families!

“Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.”

August Wilson

From early on, families take on the important work of holding and carrying this belief for their children, and this act of love has helped them to arrive at this day. In this milestone, and in the many to come, we all celebrate their growing capacity to carry this belief for themselves.

Pam Varrin, Family Support Coordinator

Cotting Parent Looking for a Used Adaptive/Special Needs Stroller

If you have one with a weight limit over 100 pounds that you no longer need, please contact Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org. A good home is waiting!

If you are looking for (or looking to donate) used equipment, here are some organizations that can help:

From DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley’s Weekly Update:

Information to Share with Families About the Formula Shortage

The pandemic and other factors are continuing to impact the availability of supplies, including infant formula. The Department of Public Health’s Woman, Infant and Children (WIC) Program has updated its website with important information to help WIC participants obtain formula for their children. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers tips for families and caregivers who are struggling to find baby formula during the shortage. Families should talk with their pediatrician about safe and appropriate feeding alternatives for their children.

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Transition Fair 2022

Have you checked out the Virtual 2022 Transition Fair yet?

Our focus this year is on the various types of transitions that happen at—and beyond—Cotting School. You’ll hear from experts you know and you’ll find numerous resources from specific adult programs, state agencies and other types of supports. The third and final video will be posted next week!


Attend the 2022 Virtual Transition Fair here.

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Our students are reaching new heights! The Cotting School end-of-year tee shirt is now available for purchase and features student names for the 2021-2022 school year on the back.

Please note: This tee shirt will be available for purchase indefinitely. The days available listed on Bonfire are just the number of days left before they print the next batch. The first batch is already in production and the next batch will start shipping to homes around June 10th.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a hoodie this year and youth sizes are currently limited due to supply chain issues. If this situation changes, we will let you know.

Order your shirt here!

Community Resources & Events
SUPPORTbrokers of The Arc of Massachusetts is Looking to Hire a Part-Time Broker

Qualifications include: extensive knowledge of services for people with disabilities, experience in person-centered planning and good problem solving skills. Interested candidates should send a resume to Kerry at Mahoney@arcmass.org. No phone calls please.

2022 Summer Youth Leadership Programs: Application Deadline Extended!

We are excited to announce that two upcoming summer youth leadership programs are accepting applications. Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) will host both, the 2022 Youth Leadership Forum (a virtual week-long conference) and Young Leaders Rising Program (a leadership series consisting of 4 modules).

The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a multi-day conference for youth and young adults with disabilities. Participants build leadership skills and leave better prepared for future employment, higher education, and independent living. During the conference YLF participants have the chance to engage in discussions and workshops on topics such as: self-advocacy, disability pride, assistive technology, independent living, employment skills, career exploration, higher education, legislative advocacy, the Disability Rights Movement, and community participation. YLF 2022 will take place ONLINE from June 25 -June 30, 2022. Note that this year, Peer Leaders will receive a small stipend for their work.

Additional details about each role and the YLF application are at: Youth Leadership Forum – Partners for Youth with Disabilities (pyd.org)

Information about Young Leaders Rising can be found at: https://www.pyd.org/programs/young-leaders-rising/

From the Arc of Massachusetts: Let’s Demystify Chapter 688

Wednesday, June 8 at 12:00 p.m.

Filing a Chapter 688 referral sets in motion a two-year planning process for students whose entitlements to special education services will end when they graduate from school or turn 22 years of age. Dianne Lescinskas from the Department of Transitional Services will walk you through who is eligible and responsible for filing a Chapter 688 referral and how it is determined which adult service agency receives the referral.

AANE Webinar: Special Needs Trusts – Planning for Your Future

June 14, 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Free


Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand here.

DESCRIPTION: PLAN of MA & RI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that offers Special Needs Trusts to people of any age with any disability, helping to preserve their assets, protect their access to public benefits, and to live well. This presentation on Special Needs Trusts will explain what a Special Needs Trust is, why opening one is beneficial to you and your family, the different types of trusts that PLAN offers and how an ABLE account can be used with a Special Needs Trust.


  • Joan McGrath, Executive Director, PLAN of MA & RI,
  • Kathy Vitello, Director of Operations, PLAN of MA & RI
DDS Northeast Region Assistive Technology Fair In Collaboration With Northeast Arc

June 14, 2022, 12PM-5PM

Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers, MA



Featured exhibitors: DDS, CreateAbility, Tufts University, easterseals, MRC, MCB, tobii dynavox, prc-saltillo, and many more!

Click here to register for the event

AANE Webinar: Driving with Autism – Five Things Your Driving School Won’t Teach You

June 21, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Fee $25

Register now and watch this webinar live or later on-demand here.

DESCRIPTION: Driving schools cover a wide range of topics, such as traffic laws, road signs and traffic signals, road safety rules and more. Driving lessons may start out in a parking lot, progress to local roads, then highways, and crowded city streets. Not a lot of research has been done on what’s the best way for autistic individuals to learn how to drive or to cope with some of the ongoing challenges of driving. In this webinar, we take more of a “grassroots” approach. We know what helps autistic individuals learn to drive and be successful at it, because we are those individuals.


Andrew Arboe: Founder of  Driving with Autism

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc., in Lexington

Join us for another exciting summer of Chorus Camp! Chorus Camp is a four-week long opportunity to work on your own song over the course of the camp. Singers will then perform that song in a solo, duet or trio. Dates are July 18th, 25th, August 1st and 8th from 6:30-8pm.


The cost is $70. If you currently attend a SNAP program, you don’t need to register again. You can pay online or send a check to SNAP PO Box 598, Lexington, MA 02420. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and enrollment is limited.


If you have not attended a SNAP program this fall/winter/spring, we would love to have you join us! Please fill out a registration form www.snaparts.org

Stay in touch!

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

Helpful Links
Family Resources Dashboard
2021-2022 School Year Calendar
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