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The Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s will host a free clinic for parents on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 4-6pm. A Parent’s Guide to Augmentative-Alternative Communication will cover a range of topics that address the various strategies and technologies available for people with disabilities looking to explore augmentative-alternative communication.

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.

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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.

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Autism advocate and animal livestock expert Dr. Temple Grandin will be honored as one of the 10 women inducted into this year’s Women’s Hall of Fame later in 2017.

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Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI) is looking for new participants for their ongoing rowing program for people with disabilities. This USOC Paralympic Sports-approved rowing club offers recreational and competitive programs for people with physical and cognitive disabilities in the Greater Boston area.

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Does your child have special needs? Is he or she also exceptionally bright or gifted in certain areas? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, your child may be twice exceptional.

Handwritten Valentine's Day Card

Valentine’s Day brings an entire month of love, appreciation, and warmth. It is a time when some celebrate, and others give a little extra care to those who matter most.

This Valentine’s Day, the Exceptional Lives team wants to thank you and express our admiration for all that you do for those in your life with disabilities.

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Love, Eventually by Ona Gritz of The New York Times shares a unique story of love. For a large portion of her life, having hemiplegic cerebral palsy hindered her ability to be comfortable with herself. She brushed this part of her identity aside, as she tried to continue on with her life.

MFOFC Massachusetts Families Organizing for change, Real Lives Real Choices


As part of the A Full Life Ahead series with MFOFC, in partnership with Building Futures and Family Connections of The Nemasket Group, Jay O’Brien, Executive Director of Exceptional Lives will talk about the alternatives to guardianship for families and caregivers of persons with disabilities.

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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.