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Hosted by the Milton SEPAC, the Parent Empowerment and the IEP workshop welcomes parents and caregivers of children with special needs to learn more about special education law, parent rights, team-building strategies, and the Massachusetts IEP.

Kid smiling and playing a guitar

When your child is diagnosed with special needs, often our primary focus as parents are the therapies, services, and specialists they need in order to help them develop and grow. While all of these are (very) important, I believe it is equally important to help them identify and uncover their gifts. Each child has gifts, and perhaps especially,…

Books and binders

When my son was diagnosed with autism, our doctor told us he would need an “IEP.” At the time, I had no idea what an IEP was or how to go about getting one. It wasn’t until later that I started to understand what an IEP, or an Individualized Education Plan was.Today, I am passionate about helping families create good IEPs for their children and developing a strong,

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“When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm.” —Elise Roy, lawyer, artist, human rights advocate

Youth Leadership Forum group activity

Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) is hosting the 2017 Massachusetts Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in partnership with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and collaborators across Massachusetts.

YLF is an overnight conference for youth and young adults with disabilities, held annually in Massachusetts and other states across the country. YLF participants build leadership skills and leave better prepared for future employment,

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February 26, 2017 — 12-4pm

Hosted by the autism nonprofit organization, Autism Sprinter, this movie-themed dance formal invites those with autism and their families for an afternoon of fun. This event is a formal gathering for all ages.

Google Doodle image - Ed Roberts disabilities activist

Disabilities activist Ed Roberts would have celebrated his 78th birthday on January 23. In honor of this pivotal figure in the disabilities community, Google Doodle created artwork for their homepage that featured Roberts giving a lecture in his wheelchair.

mother and son holding hands

As I shared in this post, finding out your child has special needs is an emotional process. The journey often comes with challenges and pressures, including ongoing therapies, services, arrangements for special education, and medical care. I’d like to peel back another layer and address a topic that often isn’t discussed but deserves attention and empathy.

OT and child in playroom

Jane Hannafin, MS, OTR/L, RYT is the director of Skills for Life, a program of the Ivy Street School. In this post, she shares her thoughts on the pressing need for more in-home therapy options for young adults with disabilities and their families.

Kids in gym class

A new study shows that children with autism and other similar disorders may show a decrease in challenging behaviors throughout the school day, with a little exercise. The study compares children’s behaviors who participate in cybercycling physical education to those taking traditional physical education classes during school. Those who took part in cybercycling activities were less likely to act out in school.