Weekly Update: July 29, 2022

Weekly Update

Ms. Caughey’s students had so much fun marble painting flowers. Great for hand-eye coordination, motor skills and developing creativity!

Information From Cotting School

befree: an Adaptive Clothing Company from a Cotting parent!

befree is dedicated to improving lives by addressing the real, everyday challenges of people living with limited mobility and are committed to making adaptive and inclusive fashion that really works. Our goal is to offer a product that provides freedom during a time when freedom feels so far away.

To learn more, go to https://befreeco.com/

Celebrate the ADA!


Last Tuesday, on July 26, 2022, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 32nd birthday! It was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 — the ADA is an “equal opportunity” law for people with disabilities.

Learn more at adaanniversary.org and www.ada.gov/ada

Enjoy the last few days of Disability Pride Month with some Essays about the Disability Experience:

“Does an evident disability make someone ‘more’ disabled, or does it simply reflect a different disability experience? There are things people with non-evident disabilities experience that are beyond the ken of those with evident ones, and vice versa. The disability community is large and not uniform, as we are fond of reminding people, so why should our experiences of disablism be identical, especially when it interacts with race, gender, and other elements of identity? And why should the way that we talk about that experience undermine and invalidate others’ experiences, creating a strange sort of arms race of oppression, rather than a set of related experiences that offer a starting point to build solidarity?” Read s.e. smith’s full essay here.  For more essays, click here.

Community Resources & Events

Higher Education Update: Laws Officially PASSED!



Exciting news! We have finally secured Higher Education Laws that will provide Access to Higher Education for People with Down syndrome, Autism, and other ID! As a community, we have successfully advocated, supported, and shown relentless determination in our efforts to provide inclusive education for our loved ones. WE did it! Click here for more information.

Sensory-Friendly Open Barnyard in Hingham

Hingham, MA, July 23rd, August 6th and 20th, September 3rd and 17th, 2022. This program offers a dedicated hour for families with disabilities, providing a reduced number of guests and quieter sensory friendly environment. Any family that would benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome.

  • During the Weir River Farm Sensory-Friendly Open Barnyard series, meet ponies, llama, and potbellied pig. Interact with goats, sheep, chickens and black and white belted Galloway cattle. On your way down to the barnyard, enjoy the StoryWalk™.
  • During this program, the barnyard is closed to the general public and headcount is limited. Pre-registration is required. Children 2 and under are free.
  • Resources available to prepare for your visit include Story Guide available online.
  • A special sensory kit and visual story guide are available in the barnyard.
  • Limited number of sensory kits and headphones available.

For more information or to purchase tickets click here or contact 781-740-7233 or weirriverfarm@thetrustees.org.

Find more summer and fall accessible outdoor activities for children and families, including properties with mobility-impaired access here.

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


Adapted Bike Evaluations

Natick, MA, July 30th, 2022, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Do you or someone you love want to try riding an adapted bike? Sign up for an adapted bike evaluation for free, with SMILE Mass.

  • SMILE Mass has teamed up with physical therapists from Boston Children’s Hospital, who will be there to measure and fit children and adults for an adapted bike.
  • Once fitted, they will be able to ride around to try it out.
  • If they fall in love with the joy of cycling, you can sign up for our Club SMILE Mass monthly membership, giving you a loaner bike to take home.
  • Limited slots available.

Click here to sign up or for more information or contact 617-967-7755 or info@smilemass.org.

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 – 10:00 am
  • 8/31/22 – 4:00 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

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

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