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Exceptional Lives will present our new, free Resource Directory and How-To Guides to attendees at the 2nd annual Boston Public Schools Transition Conference this June.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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Haverhill, January 11, 2017 — This workshop is for those exploring various living options for their adult family member with a disability. Adult Family Care (AFC) is a MassHealth-funded program that supports and financially assists live-in caregivers for those who are unable to live alone and are eligible for either MassHealth or Medicaid.

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INTEREST PERIOD—January 8-January 31

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education & The Department of Developmental Services (DESE/DDS) Program helps provide in-home and community based therapeutic support to students ages 6-17. Eligible participants must show a need for services that prevent a restrictive, out of home residential placement. This program also helps support services for families whose child attended a residential school and has since returned home,