Weekly Update: March 29, 2024

Weekly Update

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We’re so proud of everyone who participated in Open Mic!

Information From Cotting School

Star Employee of the Week
Congratulations to this week’s star employee, Alex! Alex brings a great attitude and his computer skills to his job at The Dance Inn, where he has been a big help with organizing their recital videos. Alex is using the iMovie tool to review and edit dance clips for the recital video the studio produces for its students and families. Great work, Alex!

Evening Webinar Added: Exploring Housing Options Together

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Because of the many questions about housing during our other webinars in the series, we have added an extra webinar to this year’s schedule of Family Learning Opportunities for Transition.

Cotting parent Andy Richardt will join us for an opportunity to think creatively about this area of planning. Andy joined Minute Man

Arc in July 2022 as Housing Development Manager, where he has been working on the micro unit model as a creative and flexible path to living more independently. He will talk with us about this model, as well as about traditional housing models.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please use the following link to join us for this webinar on Zoom: bit.ly/3Hvv2Lu

Lower School and Middle School Luau Party

April 5, 2024, 3-4:30 p.m.

Cotting School Campus Center


Learn more and sign up here by Friday, March 29, 2024.

Questions? Email David Largenton at dlargenton@cotting.org or Marcie Garon at mgaron@cotting.org.

Caregivers’ Corner

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for:

Friday, April 5, 2024

8:30-10 a.m.

In person in the Board Room and on Zoom. A draft agenda and link for joining online will be sent by email.

Please also mark your calendars for the remaining upcoming PTO meetings, all on Friday mornings from 8:30-10 a.m.:

  • April 5
  • May 3

The February recap/minutes from the Cotting PTO meeting can be found here.

Our next PAC meeting is scheduled for:

Friday, April 26, 2024

9-10 a.m.

In person in the Board Room and on Zoom. A draft agenda and link for joining online will be sent by email.

Please also mark your calendars for the remaining upcoming PAC meetings, all on Friday mornings from 9-10 a.m.:

  • April 26
  • May 24

The February recap/minutes from the Cotting PAC meeting can be found here.

Love Cotting? Let Boston Parents Readers’ Choice Awards Know!

Boston Parents Family Favorites nominations are open! Voting happens in two-rounds, with the first round taking place now through April 6, 2024 at

2 a.m. We hope you will consider nominating us by writing “Cotting School” in the “Special Needs Services & Resources” categories: Special Needs Preschools, Special Needs Elementary Schools, Special Needs Middle Schools and Special Needs High Schools.


The second round opens in mid-April, with voters being able to select from the top nominees in each category. Thank you for your support!


Vote here: bit.ly/BPPFamilyFavorites

Play It Forward

Thursday, April 11, 2024 6-9 p.m.

Join fellow Cotting families, friends and community supporters for an adults-only (21+) night of fun and games featuring competitive trivia and an exciting silent auction! All funds raised from Play It Forward help support Cotting School’s athletics and after school programs. These programs fall outside of Cotting’s tuition, so we must raise funds to support and sustain these activities each year. Proceeds also provide financial aid for families whose students would not be able to participate in these important athletic and social opportunities otherwise. Play It Forward is a fantastic opportunity to introduce new friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to Cotting School and show them the incredible strides your students achieve each and every day.

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Save the Date

  • Play it Forward fundraiser: April 11, 6-9 p.m., Campus Center
  • Project Bridges Employer Appreciation Breakfast: April 24, 9-10:30 a.m., Campus Center
  • Parent & Guardian Social/Prom Party: May 17, 7-9 p.m., Cotting Family Courtyard
  • Prom: May 17, 7-9:30 p.m., Cotting School
  • Alumni Reunion: May 19, 12-2 p.m., Campus Center
  • Grandparents’ Day: May 22, 5-6 p.m., Cotting School
  • Art Show: May 22, 6-7:30 p.m., Campus Center
  • Graduation: June 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Campus Center
New Cotting Falcons Fan Gear!

Click here to order yours today!

Community Resources & Events

Be Prepared for the Transition Years: DDS 101 Info Session

Free! Webinar, April 2, 2024, with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.

You will learn about:

  • Eligibility: How do I become eligible for DDS Services?
  • Area Office: What is the role of the DDS Area office?
  • Family Support: What can Family Support provide to my family, and what are the limitations?
  • Self-direction: What are Self-Directed Services? How do they differ from Traditional Services?
  • Autism Services: What support is available to my family member with autism, and how do we access it?

RSVPs required.

Wheelchair Basketball Social

Sunday, April 7, 2-4 p.m. at the Andover/North Andover YMCA

Fun games, contests and scrimmages. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome to this free event at the Andover/North Andover YMCA.

To register and for more information, contact Kelley at to kohara@mvymca.org.

Adult Family Care (AFC) Information Session

Webinar, April 8, 2024, with the Arc of Haverhill-Newburyport. Learn more about this potential opportunity for both you and your loved one. The AFC program is an Arc program funded by MassHealth that pays either family* or non-family members a monthly tax-free stipend to care for people age 16 and older in a home setting, who cannot live safely on their own, as an alternative to the traditional PCA program.

*Spouses and guardians may not become the AFC Member’s caregiver.

Click here to register or to request more information or contact Heather.Hess@TheArcofGHN.org 978.373.0552, x222

Autism Spectrum Awareness and Acceptance Day

Boston, MA, April 9, 2024, with Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts. This is an in-person event with a remote option through Facebook.

2024 Theme: An Unbearable Wait: The Burden Placed on the Autism Community

by the Workforce Crisis.

AFAM welcomes you to join self-advocates, family members, caregivers and professionals supporting the autism community, as well as our elected and appointed officials as we honor Senator Joan Comerford and Representative Sean Garballey, two strong, steady legislative champions of the autism community:

Click here for more information and to register or contact Ilyse Levine-Kanji at info@afamaction.org or Maura Sullivan at sullivan@arcmass.org.

Disability Connections: A Massachusetts Office on Disability Networking Event

Join the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) for Disability Connections, a networking event for the Massachusetts disability community. Hear about MOD’s latest work promoting accessibility across the Commonwealth, and connect with leaders from local and state government, nonprofit disability services, advocacy groups and all who make up the vibrant Massachusetts disability community.

Disability Connections: A Massachusetts Office on Disability Networking Event

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mass General Brigham Assembly Row

399 Revolution Drive, Somerville, MA

This event will be live streamed on Zoom. It is free and open to the public. Registration will open in February. ASL interpretation and CART services will be provided.

An Evening with Dr. Michael Rich

May 8, 2024 from 6:30-8 p.m.

FREE event

The Gifford School will host an evening with Dr. Michael Rich, MD, MPH, Director of the Digital Wellness Lab and the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders at Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Dr. Rich is an internationally recognized expert in the field of media and families who will be discussing approaches to healthy technology use, and his new book, The Mediatrician’s Guide. We will be joined by other MAAPS schools for this exciting program, which will focus on parent and school staff collaboration (adults only, please). This event is free to attend, and light refreshments will be available.

Registration is required. Questions? Call 781.899.9500

Disability Pride Celebration at Fenway Park

Join the Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays, May 13 at 7:10 p.m. for their annual Disability Pride Celebration at Fenway Park!

Ticket holders who purchase through this special offer will receive an exclusive Red Sox hat with the Disability Pride flag, as well as braille lettering spelling Fenway Park on the brim. Click here for tickets and more information.

The Red Sox are committed to making baseball and Fenway Park accessible. Ballpark and program accommodations can be found on the Fenway Park Access Guide. If you have additional questions about accessibility, please call 617.226.6000 to speak with a Fenway Park ambassador.

Dialog with State Legislators with the DDS Metrowest Citizens Advisory Board*

Framingham, MA, April 12, 2024. Open to the public. The Citizen’s Advisory Board (CAB) to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Middlesex West area office is hosting a Legislative Breakfast to dialog with state legislators on how to improve and enhance community supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Questions? For more information contact MetroWestDDSCAB@gmail.com

*Citizen Advisory Boards (CAB) are made up of self-advocates, family members, guardians, professionals and other citizens who advise area/facility/regional directors on community needs and the quality of programs in each DDS region. CAB members contribute to positive change through legislative advocacy, community education and other activities to acknowledge the work and partnership of direct care workers and families. CAB members are appointed by the DDS Commissioner to serve on the board.

Registration is required 

Miracle League Baseball for Youth & Teens and Miracle League Baseball for Adults

Acton, MA from May-June. The Adult Miracle League program is for athletes 22 and older. The Miracle League of Massachusetts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for those with disabilities to play baseball as part of a team in an organized, non-competitive league.

Learn more about the Miracle League Baseball for Youth & Teens here.

Learn more about the Miracle League Baseball for Adults here.

Accessible Recreation Fair

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Universal Access Program’s (UAP) 2024 Accessible Recreation Fair

Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Herter Park/Artesani Playground in Brighton.

Come meet an array of regional adaptive recreation organizations and learn about accessible, adaptive and inclusive recreation opportunities in the Greater Boston area and across the state. Learn about adaptive equipment like hiking wheelchairs, beach wheelchairs, and adaptive bikes and trikes. Find out about upcoming adaptive summer programs like kayaking, cycling, hiking and nature activities!

Find more information here.

Inclusive Team Sports

Inclusive team sports near you!

  • Auburn: TOPSoccer
  • Belmont – S.P.O.R.T. Inclusive Track
  • Billerica – Adaptive Cheer Team signup: 3/30
  • Bridgewater -Inclusive Flag Football
  • Canton – Challenger Baseball Inclusive Softball Skills
  • Ipswich/Cape Ann: TOPSoccer
  • Leominster -Challenger Baseball
  • Millis – Adaptive Teen Basketball
  • Weymouth – Champions Division Inclusive Hockey
  • Wilmington- BEYONDTOPS Soccer

Learn more here.

Have a great weekend!


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

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