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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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

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Whether it is trains, elevators, or film, the preferred interests of those with autism bring about a unique way of interacting with the world. The reasons why those with autism choose to prefer certain objects, concepts, and language is something that is challenging to define. However, a new study shows that these fixations have calming effects and could prove useful to acknowledge and encourage into adulthood.

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The Aspire Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) provides professional development and internship opportunities for people with autism (18+). Applications for their Spring 2017 cycle are open now until January 17, 2017.

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For a limited time only, Starbucks will feature the artwork of 11 artists with disabilities and homelessness on their stores’ gift cards. The cards are preloaded with $100 and will be available to purchase, while supplies last. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the artist.

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November 9th (6:00pm-7:30pm) – Parents and guardians of persons with disabilities (ages 14-21) are welcome to meet experts in adult special needs services in Foxboro, MA.

Services include: 

The Overall Rehabilitation ProcessInitial Interview And Intake Interviews
College Programs
Diagnostic Evaluations And Assessments
Estate Planning
Residential Services
Social Security Programs And Eligibility Requirements
Work Incentives (I.E….

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In 2010, President Obama shared a plan that hoped to hire 100,000 people with disabilities over the next five years.

This week, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management stated that the federal government has hired 154,000 people with disabilities in the United States, between 2011 and 2015 — far passing Obama’s original goal.