Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Gift Ideas for People You Love Are you looking for new, creative ideas, games, or even books for gift giving? The staff and students at Cotting School have got you covered! We’re proud to debut a list of some favorite things compiled by Cotting staff and students, especially useful for the special needs community. This list contains links to items Cotting students and staff love! If you’re in dire need of new book suggestions, do not worry- our experts are here to help! In addition, we’ve linked to some fun at home craft ideas and winter themed activities that will... Read More

Cotting Celebrates Anniversary of Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

Cotting Celebrates Anniversary of Landmark Supreme Court Ruling

“Every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives.”[1]   Today we celebrate the one-year anniversary of a major US Supreme Court decision, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.  The ruling provides strong support for our efforts as special educators to enable children with disabilities to reach their highest potential.  In summary, the court rejected the idea that Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) provide “merely more than de minimis” (i.e. more than trivial) and instead ruled that it “must offer an IEP (Individualized Education Program that is reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate... Read More

I like to visit the city with my friends!

I like to visit the city with my friends!

Connor has a packed schedule these days.  Even as a busy Capstone student, he manages to find time to be with his buddies from Cotting.  “We go to Boston and visit the Prudential Center” he explains.  “I just saw Finding Dory with Patrick and watched The Polar Express with Justin at the Museum of Science.  I like to have fun with my friends.” Connor, 18, is on the autism spectrum. While building relationships may require more effort for someone with autism, Connor has made many great friends during his time at Cotting.  Besides trips to the city and visits to... Read More

Celebrating AAC Awareness Month at Cotting School

Celebrating AAC Awareness Month at Cotting School

October is here – and though many people may be aware that it is Disability Awareness month, some might not realize that it is also International AAC Awareness month.  The goal of AAC Awareness month is to raise public understanding of Augmentative and Alternative Communication and recognize the vital role these systems play in giving people a voice. This is especially important to the Cotting community, as approximately 30% of our student population uses some form of AAC to communicate.  We witness students every day using AAC to communicate for basic needs, share their opinions, ask questions about lessons, repair... Read More

I like chocolate, sleepovers, and chillin’ with my besties!

I like chocolate, sleepovers, and chillin’ with my besties!

Hello everyone, my name is Sara. I am 18. I use a computer to speak. It has eye gaze so I can select a letter or word by looking at the screen. I have had my device as long as I can remember. My mom says I was four when I got my first high tech device. People react better to me when I have my device. When I don’t have my Tobii device people talk baby talk to me, or ignore me and talk to my mom instead. It is hard for strangers or new people I meet to... Read More