Taylor McMahon

Taylor McMahon

Taylor recently graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Health Communications. From a young age, she has been closely involved with people of different disabilities -- a teacher, a mentor, a friend. She has a background in research, recruitment, and marketing for organizations in the Boston area. As part of the Exceptional Lives team, Taylor manages the blog, weekly newsletter, and social media platforms.

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Friday, June 30 (9:30am-3pm)

The Disability Law Center will present a free employment and benefits workshop that will cover avoiding problems with SSI and/or SSDI, knowing your rights when applying for a job, and receiving appropriate accommodations in the workplace.

Adaptive sports bike riding

June 17th, 2017 (11am-3pm) – All ages, abilities, and physical and cognitive challenges are invited to this year’s Adaptive Sports Fair at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Brewster, MA. Attendants will experience hands on exhibits and demonstrations that showcase the many types of equipment and fun available through the McGraw Center Adaptive Sports Programs.

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Exceptional Lives will present our new, free Resource Directory and How-To Guides to attendees at the 2nd annual Boston Public Schools Transition Conference this June.

The Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) is a statewide, grassroots family organization that advocates for improved access to mental health services for children, youth, and their families. Please join them for a day of connecting, learning, and sharing with families and professionals from across Massachusetts.

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Moms of Amazing Kids will host a complimentary presentation on Special Needs Trusts & Mass Health for those with loved ones with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about the event, with the following message from the organization:…

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A note from the team at Learning Prep School in Newton, MA:

Know a child struggling with a learning disability? So do we.

Learning Prep School provides an individualized, language-based program to students ages 8-22 with complex learning profiles including expressive/receptive language challenges, autism spectrum disorder, and social communication disorder. …

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In the proposed Congressional agreement to avert a government shutdown, federal funding for special education next year is held steady and even slightly increased. This is good news for those who feel that “given this political climate…the outcome could have been far worse.” Below is a lead from Disability Scoop regarding the news:

Older sister with younger sister with Down syndrom

The following is a message from the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Newton, MA: Sibshops reflect a belief that our communities need to acknowledge the difficulties faced by siblings of children with special needs (medical, developmental, cognitive, mental, physical) and provide them with opportunities to connect with each other just as many parents of children with special needs have benefited from sharing their experiences with each other.

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Join the North Suburban YMCA and Exceptional Lives for a special Pilot Training Session. Parents and professionals will join YMCA staff to learn more about Exceptional Lives’ free, easy-to-use Guides and Resource Directory, as well as how to connect to resources in their local area.

Thursday, May 4 (7:00-8:30pm)

Today we are pleased to publish our new user-friendly Exceptional Lives Resource Directory, a searchable online database of disability programs and providers in Massachusetts.