Weekly Update: July 15, 2022

Weekly Update

Ms. Paull’s students had a great time picking out containers they

will use to make their own time capsules!

Information From Cotting School
July is Disability Pride Month!

The diagonal lines in the Disability Pride Flag represent lightning bolts and each color represents something unique about the disability community.

What is Disability Pride Month?

“The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990, to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. Following this legislation, Boston held the first Disability Pride Day event in July 1990 and Disability Pride Month was born.

Since then, Disability Pride events have been celebrated in the month of July in cities including Los Angeles; New York City, San Antonio, Madison, Wisconsin; Brighton, UK; and Charleston, South Carolina. The list of participating cities continues to grow.

It’s helpful to look at the social model of disability. The social model says yes, we may have medical conditions, but it’s society that disables us. It’s inaccessibility that’s the disabling thing, not some problem deep within us that we need to fix. Think about it, if the ramp was always there, or we all just did away with the notion that doing well under time pressure equals academic success, our disabilities wouldn’t lead us to have those feelings of shame and internalized guilt in the first place.

The word ‘Pride’ is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as ‘a reasonable or justifiable self-respect’. At the Valuable 500, we believe that every single person with a disability deserves to feel pride in themselves, because it is unequivocally justifiable and reasonable to be proud of being disabled. For us, it’s a month to celebrate each other’s uniqueness and take pride in who we are. Because let’s not forget that being disabled makes us inherent problem solvers, innovative thinkers and gives us an ability to see the world through a unique and valuable lens.”

More from the Valuable 500 can be found 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.

Order your shirt here!

Community Resources & Events
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

Mindful Meditation at Minute Man Arc with Be Well Be Here

Please join Lara and Carla from Be Well Be Here for this free event!


We will play with mindful practices at the Arc on Tuesday afternoons this summer!


Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

We’ll explore a variety of simple meditation techniques, including easy movements that can be done in a chair and natural ways to relax through the senses.

Tuesdays July 19 – August 16 from 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

35 Forest Ridge Rd, Concord, MA

ALL members of the Minute Man Arc community are welcome to join- patrons, family members, staff and friends!


Please RSVP to Barbara White, Director of Employment and Clinical Services:

bwhite@minutemanarc.org or 978-287-7990

Please register here

Learn more and register here.
Accessible Kayaking with All Out Adventures

Join All out Adventures for kayaking across Massachusetts! Kayakers will paddle together in a small pod. There will be 1 hour and 15 minute time slots to allow for time to get set up and recreate on the water. Instruction, adaptive equipment, and assistance as needed will be provided.

  • Cochituate State Park, Natick: Tuesdays, July 12- August 2
  • Quinsigamond State Park, Worcester: Tuesdays, August 9 – 30

Cost: $8 per participant. One guest of a program participant with a disability can attend at no charge.

Register: Call 413-548-2052 or email info@alloutadventures.org 

Adaptive Sailing for ages 6 – 18 with Visual & Mobility Impairments: Boston

Esplanade, Boston, July 6th – August 31st, 2022, with Adaptive Sports New England. Free. Sailors ages 6-18 who have a visual or mobility impairment will meet to learn the basics of sailing.

  • This free program will be located at Community Boating at the Charles River Esplanade in Boston.
  • Parents and siblings may join sailors by arrangement on a space-available basis. * Parking is 10-min walk to boathouse.

Click here for more information or contact Adaptive Sports New England, 617-690-9103


What Does Independence Mean to Me?

Webinar, July 21st, 2022, with the Special Needs Advocacy Network in Massachusetts (SPaN). A panel of youth/young adults with disabilities will discuss what being independent means to them.

  • Too often we discuss independence without involving young adults in the conversation.
  • Being independent will look different to each of them and it’s important for professionals and families to understand this.
  • Hear from a group of young adults with disabilities about what independence means to them and what skills helped them towards that goal.

Click here for more information or contact 508-655-7999 or info@spanmass.org

2022 “REV UP MA” Conference

Virtual Event, Thursday, July 21, 2022, with the Disability Law Center, Inc. Free. 2022 REV UP MA Conference will highlight barriers to accessible voting in Massachusetts, how to get out the disability vote, and why the disability vote is so important for the 2022 elections.

Active coalition partners include:

  • Disability Law Center
  • Disability Policy Consortium
  • Mass. Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Mass. Advocates Standing Strong
  • MASS Rainbow
  • MetroWest Center for Independent Living
  • The Arc of Massachusetts

Click here for more information or contact afowler@dlc-ma.org Voting Rights Advocate, Disability Law Center, Inc., 617-221-8451.

Self-Directed Disability Services with the DDS

Webinar Series, August 3rd & 31st, September 14th & 28th, 2022, with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Join interactive discussions about expanding choices and control in your life through Self Directed Supports.


  • This is an opportunity to hear how participants and their families can design individualized services to meet their needs through the Participant Directed Program or Agency with Choice.
  • Self-Direction is a process through which an individual/family can design and direct their own services, thus providing people with more options.
  • Self-Direction gives people the opportunity to use their allotted DDS Budget to purchase supports and services that meet their needs and goals.
  • This enables the principal of self-determination to be achieved by Self-Directing Supports.
  • Agency with Choice is a way to support individuals and families to engage in self-determination.
  • The Agency with Choice Provider, agrees to hire qualified staff to provide an individual and their family with direct supports.


  • 8/3/22 – 10 am
  • 8/31/22 – 4 pm
  • 9/14/22 – 10:00 am
  • 9/28/22 – 4:00 pm

RSVPS are required to jennifer.r.benoit@mass.gov or visit www.mass.gov/dds-self-directed-services

Stay in touch!

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

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