Weekly Update: December 16, 2022

Weekly Update

The Holiday Marketplace was a huge success!

Information From Cotting School

Latest PTO Event a Major Success!

We’d like to give a BIG thank you to the Cotting School PTO and parent volunteers for bringing our students another wonderful Holiday Marketplace! Last Monday and Tuesday, Cotting parents transformed the auditorium into a festive boutique so students could choose holiday gifts for family and friends as independently as possible. Parent volunteers, teachers, therapists and program assistants collaborated to recognize and honor the students’ choices. Those who shopped went home with gifts for the important people in their lives that were wrapped, tagged and ready to be given at their holiday celebrations. Get ready to be surprised!

New Merch, Just in Time for the Holidays

Looking for gift ideas? Check out the Cotting Corner Store to view our new merchandise in addition to old favorites. To make a purchase and view additional product information, visit our online store. Save on shipping costs by selecting “Backpack pickup FREE” and we’ll send your order home with your student.

Cotting School in the News

As a follow up to an article on Cotting parent Katie Cancro’s Fill-A-Need Foundation, The Lowell Sun recently featured us in a piece about the uncertain future families are confronted with when their young adults with disabilities age out of special education at 22. Learn more about this important issue and what Cotting and the families in our community are doing to prepare for this inevitable challenge.

Read it here.

2022 Cotting Student Art Cards

Order your Cotting Cards now for delivery next week!


Rifton Bath Chair

A briefly used Rifton bath chair needs a new home! Available for free to a family who can use it. Fits an early to mid- elementary school age child and comes with some accessories. Contact Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org if you are interested or would like more information.

Holiday Tip

Cotting School Director of Technology Patti Salmonson shares that you can buy switch adapted toys and games from Enabling Devices! Click here to learn more.

Community Resources & Events
Massachusetts Home Energy Assistance Program

The Massachusetts Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a FREE resource to help eligible households pay a portion of their winter heating bills. Click here for information about how to apply in person in your community or online.

Lunchtime Advocacy Roundtable for Massachusetts’ Families

Webinar, January 10, 2023, with the Massachusetts’ Family Leadership Series, in partnership with Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Multicultral Community Services of the Pioneer Valley, Riverside Community Care, and the Nemasket Group.

  • Network with Advocacy Allies at these lunchtime sessions.
  • The facilitator of these groups will be Haran Phaneuf. Haran is the Central Family Leadership Coordinator and oversees strategic planning and program implementation for the Family Leadership Programs of Central Massachusetts.

All 2023 webinars are scheduled for 12 p.m. on the following dates:

January 10

February 14

March 14

April 11

May 9

June 13

Register here. For more information, contact the Director of Northeast Family Leadership Program, Riverside Community Care, at 781-645-9577.

Navigating Services & Supports Transition Workshop

Webinars, December 21, 2022, with the Arc of Massachusetts.

Arc of Massachusetts transition webinars offer group consultation on different topics each month. No matter the age or stage, finding the right supports and services can be confusing and complicated.


Kerry Mahoney, Director of Outreach & Education at the Arc of Massachusetts, and Kathleen Amaral, Advocacy Alliance Coordinator for the Arc of Massachusetts, will facilitate 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.

2023 Dates and Topics: TBA

Register here or contact 781-891-6270 or arcmass@arcmass.org

Boston Ballet Sensory Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

While we believe this show will be an enjoyable experience for any patron, we have altered this performance to make it easier for guests who are neurodiverse, have sensory sensitivities or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities, and need accessibility accommodations to enjoy the ballet. For more information and tickets, click here.

AANE Webinar: Virtual Book Talk with Essmaa Litim

January 24, 2023 from 7-8 p.m.

Register now and watch this webinar live online via Zoom or later on demand.

As part of AANE’s mission to deepen our understanding and learning surrounding the intersectionality of Autism with Race, Ethnicity, Gender Identity and Sexual Identity, AANE will be hosting a book talk with Essmaa Litim, the author of the recently released book SPEECHLESS: Mama’s Story.  Litim writes a moving biography centered in Boston, MA, that chronicles her Algerian mother’s courage and commitment to her non-speaking autistic son and family as she valiantly navigates the barriers and systems of a new country, language, culture, and autism.

This webinar will be recorded. If you are not able to attend the live presentation, registrants will receive the video link to access the recording two business days after the session ends. Registrants will be able to access the recorded presentation for 30 days.

Advanced registration is required.

Have a great weekend!


Please share your own resources and questions with Pam Varrin at pvarrin@cotting.org.

Helpful Links
Family Resources Dashboard
2022-2023 School Year Calendar
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