Weekly Update: June 10, 2022

Weekly Update

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2022!

Information From Cotting School

Annual Fourth Of July Carnival In Lexington

Cotting students and families are invited to enjoy a special time at the Lexington July 4th carnival for FREE without the crowds!

Thursday, June 30th from 3-5 pm

Hastings Park (corner of Mass. Ave and Worthen Rd) in Lexington, MA

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by June 23rd to oraimo@cotting.org with the number of peoplein your party.

Congratulations Cindy Kaplan!

Cotting parent Cindy Kaplan’s memoir, “Freefall: One Mother’s Journey Raising a Child With Special Needs,”

is coming out soon!

Learn more here.

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:

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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.

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
Summer Recreation Class Schedule is now available!

Join Minute Man Arc for some super summer activities Monday through Thursday afternoons. The earliest classes start at 3 p.m. We offer a variety of fun and social classes for all abilities to enjoy. All Recreational Enrichment Classes are geared toward IDD transition and adult participants ages 16+. Classes will be held at Minute Man Arc in Concord and begin July 5th. Sign up today! (Payment due 6/20/2022)

Class information and Registration form

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

Navigating Disability Services & Supports: Identifying Options and Discovering Possibilities

Webinar, June 15th, 2022, with the Arc of Massachusetts: No matter the age or stage, finding the right supports and services can be confusing and complicated.

  • Kerry Mahoney and Kathleen Amaral will take turns facilitating this one-hour monthly virtual group consultation sessions that will provide information and resources for specific areas of need, including who to call, where to go, and best practices to guide the way.
  • Kerry Mahoney is the Director of Outreach and Education at the Arc of Massachusetts.
  • Kathleen Amaral is the Education and Outreach Manager at the Arc of Massachusetts.

To register or for more information click here or contact 781-891-6270 or arcmass@arcmass.org

New! Free All-Access Outdoor Evening At the Discovery Museum in Acton


Saturday, June 18

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Join us during this special free evening event especially for families with children with disabilities. Tonight, we are focused on being outdoors! Explore our accessible Discovery Woods, try out a variety of outdoor activities, and take part in our new Nature Passport program. Use your senses and meet a new animal friend brought to us by The Nature Connection.


During this event, the Museum will be closed to the general public and dinner, including a gluten-free option, will be provided. Any family who can benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome at this event; a medical diagnosis is not required.


Registration required as space is limited.


The Nature Passport program is made possible by Institute of Museum and Library Services, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, and Sudbury Foundation.

Register Now

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

ASL, Open Captioning & Sensory-Friendly Performances of “The Lightening Thief”

Acton, MA, June 24th & 25th, 2022. There will also be two audio-described performances on the evening of June 25 and the June 26 matinee.

  • Open Door Theater presents a rock musical that highlights neurodiversity in an accessible outdoor amphitheater>
  • Adapted from the best-selling book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and featuring an original rock score, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed mythical adventure highlighting neurodiversity, courage, and friendship.
  • Open Door’s diverse, integrated cast will present 4 performances June 24-26, 2022 in the NARA Park Outdoor Amphitheater in Acton, MA.
  • Tickets are $15 for lawn seating.
  • Discounted tickets are available for EBT, WIC and ConnectorCare Cardholders.

Click here for more information or contact 978-264-8150 or info@opendoortheater.org.

Adaptive Water Ski Day in Worcester

Shrewsbury/Worcester, June 24th, 2022, with the Webster Water Ski Collective.

  • This event may be sold out – please check with the host. For any disability, ages 3-24 with disabilities skiing for the first time.
  • The event will be limited to about 24 skiers, with a separate morning and afternoon session. A $40 refundable deposit will be required to hold your spot (the event itself is FREE).
  • All Volunteers And Participants Must Have Proof Of Covid Vaccinations.
  • The adaptive ski event will allow members of the disabled community to participate in water skiing using specialized equipment with trained and certified adaptive ski instructors assisting them.
  • This Water Ski Event will allow 25 kids and young adults aged 3 – 26 with various disabilities including spinal bifida, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, blindness, autism and epilepsy the chance to water ski with trained instructors on Lake Quinsigamond.

To register or for more information click here or contact Ryan DesRoches – 508-944-9793 – WebsterWaterSki@Gmail.com.

Stay in touch!

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

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