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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.

Affordable Care Act patient book

The House Republicans passed a bill last week to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. While the bill must still obtain Senate approval to move forward, it contains several provisions that are concerning to the disability community.

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World Autism Awareness Day
March 31, 2017
United Nations, New York City  

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” – Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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.

Supreme Court of the United States

In last week’s Endrew F. v. Douglas Country School District case, the US Supreme Court determined that to meet its requirements under federal law, “a school must offer an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” What does this mean for your child’s IEP?

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (6pm-8pm)

Students and their families are welcome to learn about the resources available to them as they transition from high school into the adult world. The fair will include representatives from agencies and organizations that support post-secondary education, employment, independent living, leisure activities, and more.

College Students and Teacher on Campus

For many families, creating a college plan for a child with disabilities is a challenging process. Finding the right school that addresses your child’s specific needs requires a great deal of research. The added layer of costs for higher education makes for a more stressful experience. However, these 6 college scholarships can help bring financial relief for students with learning disabilities in or applying to college.