Everyone had a great time at the PTO Fall Family BBQ!
Information From Cotting School
RESCHEDULED: Trunk or Treat Is Moving to Sunday, October 29, 2023
Dear Cotting Community,
Thank you all for supporting the PTO by joining us at the Fall BBQ and participating in the fun of the raffle baskets, the 50/50 and the addition of the Corn Hole Tournament. It is such a pleasure to have the community come together to kick off the beginning of the year! Without you, the PTO cannot do what we do and bring all of the great events your way. Thank you again for supporting us.
Speaking of events, due to inclement weather, we are moving Trunk or Treat this Saturday, the 21st. It seems the weather is not cooperating with the PTO this year.
TRUNK OR TREAT IS RESCHEDULED
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2023 (Next Sunday)
The rest of the details remain the same.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Set up your Trunks
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Trunk or Treat
If you have already signed up and are still planning on coming, no problem, the date has already been changed on your tickets, you do not have to do anything but show up and do the decorating/trunk or treat thing!
A huge shout out to the PTO for another amazing Fall Family BBQ. Over 200 people attended including current and alumni families. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food, cornhole competition, raffles and sundae bar. Perhaps just being together and connecting with each other on a beautiful sunny day, was the best part. We know what a big lift this is for the PTO members but what a special contribution to the Cotting Community! Special thanks to Sheryl Queen for her inspired management of the event and her crew from Twist & Shake for volunteering their time and energy to the food service. We look forward to next year!
Family Learning Opportunities Invitation
As part of Cotting’s Family Engagement in Transition initiative, we are excited to invite you to participate in four important family learning opportunities. Throughout the course of your child’s time at Cotting, from Lower School through Capstone, these concepts are important for everyone to consider!
At our quarterly family learning opportunities, you will be able to:
Learn about vision planning and its importance in transition
Explore a timeline of transition milestones
Understand the importance of self-determination for our students
Have regular opportunities to network and collaborate with other Cotting families
Turning 18 Workgroup Meeting Schedule:
1st Quarter: Vision Planning With Tools From Charting the Life Course
National Disability Employment Month: How & Why to Celebrate
Diversity in our workforce strengthens cultures and bottom lines, but one important group continues to be overlooked: people with disabilities. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) want to work, but 85% of them remain unemployed. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an opportunity to celebrate the diverse skills of employees with disabilities, the unique value they bring to workplaces, and bust the common myths that are impeding their inclusion. Learn more about how you can support NDEAM.
Introduction to Paralymic Sports
Tufts University, Medford, November 5th, 2023. Adaptive Sports New England and many adaptive sports organizations from throughout New England for a day full of fun, games and new experiences.
This day is designed to introduce Paralympic sports and skills to participants with a mobility or visual impairment.
Feel free to stop by at any time from 9:00 to noon and check out the sports that interest you..
There is no fee or age requirement.
Try these sports: curling, tennis, skiing, wheelchair lacrosse, wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, rowing, beep baseball, running, volt hockey, boccia, and soccer.
Partner organizations: Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers, Northeast Passage, Community Rowing Inc., Franciscan Children’s, South Coast Wheelchair Tennis Foundation, New England Disabled Sports, Boston Self Help Center, CP Soccer New England, Achilles International, and Boston Fencing Club.
Saturday, December 16, 2023-Registration not yet open*
Join us during this special free evening for families with members on the autism spectrum. Enjoy a fun, friendly experience in our accessible and universally designed museum while exploring our interactive exhibits and participating in hands-on activities. Any family that can benefit from a limited capacity visit is welcome at this event; a medical diagnosis is not required.
Dinner, including a gluten-free option, will be provided.
This Especially for Me event is offered in conjunction with Autism Alliance of MetroWest.
The events are free for all family members, but registration is required as space is limited. ASL interpretation may be available upon request; please indicate on the registration form if you would like interpretation.
Saturday, November 18, 2023, 5-8 p.m. Registration not yet open*
Evenings for Families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and KODA Children
Sensory-Friendly Afternoons are all about inclusion. During these events, the Discovery Museum is open to the general public, but group visits and birthday parties are not scheduled to avoid crowding and support access to exhibits. Try a fun hands-on activity and use your sense of touch to explore a variety of textures.
Webinars: Help With Problem Solving the Transition Process
The ARC of Massachusetts is offering webinars to help problem solve the transition process:
This fall, the BAC is hosting a Community Game Day series! This group is intended for neurodivergent pre-teens and teens ages 9-17 (non-BAC individuals welcome as well!) to make new friends outside the context of typical therapeutic activities. The groups will be held from 3-4 p.m. at BAC Natick on:
October 21, 2023
November 18, 2023
December 9, 2023
Participants do not need to sign up for all dates.
Join us for a vibrant, virtual gathering of autistic individuals, their families, professionals, and allies to celebrate the richness of autistic culture. This year’s conference will deep dive into the world of autism from a cultural perspective while fostering understanding, acceptance and appreciation for the unique experiences of autistic individuals.
Date: October 27, 2023
Time: 11 a.m- 4:30 p.m.
Where: Livestreamed via Zoom and the recording will be available to registrants post-event
An Ethnographic Examination of Autistic Culture and Identity
As the neurodiversity movement has gained momentum, communities of autistic individuals have evolved towards a unique autistic culture. In this keynote, Dawn Prince Hughes explores the ethnographic evolution of the autistic culture and the importance of the autistic identity.
Dawn Prince-Hughes is an anthropologist, primatologist and ethologist. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in interdisciplinary anthropology from the Universität Herisau in Switzerland and is an adjunct professor of anthropology at Western Washington University. She is also a successful author of books such asGorillas Among Us: A Primate Ethnographer’s Book of Days and Songs of the Gorilla Nation in which she describes how she learned to manage her autism from observing and interacting with gorillas at the Woodland Park Zoo (where she was employed when she was young). Additionally, she is the editor of Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism. Most recently, Dr. Prince-Hughes has been facilitating the autism ethnography project, which she also designed, for the Cultural Autism Studies arm of Yale’s social autism programs (CASY), run by Dr. Roger Jou.
Planning a Life (PAL)
November 3, 2023 (virtual) and November 4, 2023 (Charlestown)
Planning a Life (PAL) is a two-day transition conference for parents, caregivers and professionals. Learn useful skills and information to help young people prepare for full, productive lives during and after high school. Topics include the transition planning process, transition goals on the IEP and encouraging independence and self-advocacy.
Do you know someone who would like to learn more about Cotting School? Please share the information at the links below with someone you know. Cotting School parents are our best ambassadors, and our team is available to connect with families that would like to learn more!