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.

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.

Children sliding down purple slide

But, I just poured my coffee.  

You know that feeling when you pour that first cup of hot coffee in the morning? The mug warming your hands while you breathe in the rich aroma and gently ease into your day.

No, you don’t remember that? That’s probably because you’re a parent.

World Autism Awareness Day Logo

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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THURSDAY, MARCH 30 (7:00pm-8:30pm)

The Boston Public School Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SpedPac) invites parents and caregivers of students with disabilities to attend their General Meeting. This workshop will feature presentations from Exceptional Lives, Boston Children’s Hospital, and TILL.

Student in wheelchair using laptop

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.

person on iphone

Monday, March 20, 2017 (10-11:30am)

Geared for parents, this workshop reviews the challenges and dangerous situations that may arise through use of the Internet, social media, and smart phones. It is important for parents to be aware of the popular apps, social media sites, and programs used by youth online and the ways it can affect their child with disabilities.

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.

Danvers SEPAC logo

The Danvers SEPAC will host its annual Resource Fair on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm. Families around the North Shore of Massachusetts are invited to learn about services, programs, and organizations involved in the disabilities community.