Ms. Paull’s Upper School students did an experiment using ice water, rubber gloves and Crisco to learn how blubber keeps arctic animals warm.
Information From Cotting School
Next PTO Meeting
Friday, February 3, 2023 at 9 a.m.
Want to learn more about the PTO and volunteer opportunities? Join us at the next meeting! You can either attend in person (meetings are held in the school’s Board Room) or online via Zoom. All Cotting parents and guardians are welcome to attend!
Tip of the Week
From Cotting parent Audrey Griffin-Goode:
Agganis Arena’s New Sensory Room Debuts! Space will now be available for those experiencing sensory overload during Disney on Ice, hockey games and other events.
Learn how to discuss establishing healthy boundaries with your children and teach them to be safe and good friends. Click here for more info and to RSVP for a link to the YouTube live stream.
Cotting School-Massachusetts Historical Society Partnership
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30-8:00 pm
Mass Historical has graciously agreed to be the archivists for Cotting’s rich educational history. Come help celebrate the partnership complete with a display of records and images from our 130-year history.
Play it Forward Fundraiser
Featuring Falcon Trivia
Thursday, April 13, 6:00-9:00 pm
Support our after-school and athletics programs! Play trivia, take your chances on exciting raffles and silent auction items, and even give the new candlepin bowling alley a try!
Student Art Show
Wednesday, May 31, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Wonder at the creativity and artistic expression of our talented students. Student civics projects and other interactive displays will be on hand.
Cotting Student Art Cards Can Still Be Ordered for Delivery
Operation House Call (OHC) teaches essential skills to young medical students as a way to enhance the health care of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Offered by The Arc of Massachusetts, OHC volunteer families, parents and individual self-advocates serve as medical educators in a healthcare field that seldom focuses on more than making a diagnosis. This is a rare and important training opportunity. Through OHC, students begin to build confidence and interest in working with individuals with I/DD, including those with autism, and their families.
In Massachusetts, OHC now has 265 (and growing) volunteer families that teach over 1200 medical professionals every year. OHC is expanding geographically, and more volunteers are always needed. For more information or to volunteer, see the links below.
Caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have unique experiences and needs in in comparison to caregivers of other populations. Now is your chance to share your input. The Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey seeks to understand these experiences and perspectives to better support families like yours.
The FINDS survey is conducted by the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) at the University of Minnesota. It uses insights from family caregivers to shape better public policy and service delivery systems.
The survey can be completed online and is available in English, Spanish and French. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of six $250 gift cards.
Your perspective is important and can help create a future of better supports and opportunities for people with I/DD and their families!
New Series from The Arc of MA: Advocacy for MA DDS Self-Directed Services as Envisioned by the 2014 Real Lives Law
Your voice is needed! Join the conversation about the Massachusetts Alliance for 21st Century Disability Policy’s (MA21) advocacy for changes to the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Self-Directed Services to comply with the 2014 Real Lives Law.
Help improve regulations and waivers at DDS to increase transparency, flexibility and self-determination. Learn how to be part of organized advocacy with DDS to transform regulations, policies and guidelines to make Self-Direction more transparent and less restrictive.
Sessions are currently scheduled for the following dates and times. You can attend one or more sessions. Additional dates will be posted.
Housing Options for Family Members with a Developmental Disability
Webinar, with Communitas of Wakefield and The Arc of Greater Haverill-Newburyport Family Support Center. Catherine Boyle, from Autism Housing Pathways, will present a four-part webinar series to help families learn the steps they can take toward a long-term housing option for their family member with a developmental disability.
Next Date and Topic
January 27: Applying for Housing – This presentation walks families and professionals through the range of affordable and subsidized housing options available to people with disabilities in Massachusetts. A strategy for completing a basic set of applications and tracking them over time is presented.
Universal Access Outdoor Connections in Massachusetts
Winter Recreation: DCR Programs, Parks and Trails
The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Universal Access Program provides outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts state parks for visitors of all abilities and ages. Join them on Zoom at Universal Access Outdoor Connections to learn about their offerings and share your experience with accessible and adaptive programs in DCR Parks.
All 2023 Dates and Topics
February 17- Partnering with DCR Parks for Programs and Groups
Join our Housing Informational Sessions on Zoom, led by Doreen Cummings, Director of In-Home Services! Learn about Mainstay’s seven properties and other housing resources in Massachusetts. We will review budgets, websites and meet current residents who will share their perspectives.
Mainstay coordinates supportive homes in Newton, Malden, Norwood and Walpole for adults with a variety of abilities. Residents live largely independently. Services offered include live-in overnight staffing, evening and weekend staffing, professional cleaning of common areas, a daily communal dinner, support with activities of daily living and built-in socialization and friendship opportunities.
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.
Supported Decision Making for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Webinar, January 30th, 2023, with Seven Hills of Central Massachusetts. Guest speaker Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., will discuss coming of age legal issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Fred is the Chair of Fletcher Tilton’s Trust and Estate Department and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. His practice focuses on all aspects of estate planning, including the areas of elder law, special needs planning, estate administration, trusts and foundations, guardianship, and adult service advocacy.
He will be discussing the legal logistics of guardianship and supported decision-making and its practicality.
Virtual events may be attended outside of your typical geographical region. For questions, please contact our Family Support Transition Specialists, Eliana Agudelo, email@example.com or Malissa Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Arc of MA: New MRC Program for 18-30 Year Olds
Tuesday, February 14 at 12 p.m. What’s New at the Massachusetts Rehab Commission? The NextGen Careers Program.
David Sykes and Michelle Banks from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) will introduce participants to the NextGen Careers Program at MRC, including service regions and the pathway to enrollment. NextGen Careers is a new initiative at MRC that helps young adults with disabilities, ages 18-30, fast-track their career journey.
NextGeners will learn to advocate for themselves, gain self-confidence, and become self-sufficient on their career path. Whether a certificate program, on-the-job training, or an internship in STEM, NextGen will pair them with a team of dedicated experts in counseling, benefits, and peer support to help them reach their goals.
We’re happy to announce the full 2023 schedule of our Especially for Me series of free events for families with children on the autism spectrum or who have vision or hearing loss or sensory issues. Come explore and discover in a welcoming, ADA accessible, and universally-designed museum environment. These events begin in January and continue throughout 2023.
The event titles indicate the types of accommodations provided, but any family that would benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome; a medical diagnosis is not required. See our website for more details on each event.
The events are free for all family members, but registration is required as space is limited. Dinner, including a gluten-free option, will be available at all evening events. Dates and registration links can be found online at http://bit.ly/EspeciallyforMe.
ASL interpretation may be available upon request; please indicate on the registration form if you would like interpretation.
Wildstar Wranglers provides a weekly structured opportunity for 18-24 year olds with autism spectrum disorder who only require minimum to moderate support to prepare for future employment and engage in meaningful work in a safe, supportive and supervised environment.
Tasks include horse care (grooming; leading horses in and out of paddocks; preparing and feeding grain; and performing basic first aid) and barn chores (cleaning stalls, outdoor areas and equipment; organizing tools).
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Cotting School every time you shop, at no cost to you. Just select “Cotting School, Inc.” as your charitable organization and remember to shop at smile.amazon.com! Amazon will then donate a portion of your order’s purchase price to Cotting School!
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