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.

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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.

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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Can deaf people and blind people be friends? Which bits of spoken office gossip do our non-hearing colleagues pick up? And what does “alp” mean? Deaf TV producer William Mager answers the Ouch team’s nosey questions for Sign Language Week.

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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.

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According to the Census Bureau, there are nearly 57 million people living with disabilities in the United States. Thirty percent of American adults help provide care for a sick or disabled family member. Caregivers provide physical and emotional support for the people in their care. It’s a demanding job with its stresses and rewards, but it can also be a labor of love….

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Children are mini social scientists. They look at the world around them and try to make sense of it.

 

But young children with special needs face extra challenges in interpreting this world. When they have trouble understanding what is real and what is pretend or imagined, their thoughts and concerns can be overwhelming.

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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.

taxes

With tax season among us, The Arc provides 5 things that you should know about the different tax credits, deductions, and liabilities affecting families with children and adults with disabilities. This information serves as a general foundation of terms and topics that can help you understand your family’s specific situation.

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Love is a powerful emotion. It binds us together and guides us through even the darkest of times. What happens when you lose someone you love, though? And how do you grapple with the grief of that loss? Further, how do you help your child with special needs manage their emotions when they lose someone they love?