Transition Fair: Preparing Students and Families for the Next Step

Hosted by Newton Public Schools
May 18, 2016
Newton North High School Cafeteria
457 Walnut Street, Newton, MA

Students (ages 12-22) and families will have the opportunity to connect with community organizations and agencies to learn more about the transition process. Representatives will be available to discuss legal considerations related to transition, vocational development/job preparation programs, community living options, and social/recreational programs. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on participating organizations, please visit:

Free Webinar: Student-Driven Secondary Transition

Presented by Amanda Green & Martha Dangle from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
April 13, 2016

Research has shown that adults with disabilities are more likely to be successful if they have learned to have a voice in their own future planning. Between ages 14 and 22, students with IEPs can play a key role in their own secondary transition planning. This presentation will offer an overview of the secondary transition process, including the importance of student vision and student self-determination, laws and regulations, the use of the Transition Planning Form (TPF) and IEP, and whole school/community approaches. Special emphasis will be placed on the essential role of families in assisting young people to take a leadership role in transition planning.

Amanda Green is the Secondary Transition Coordinator in the Office of Special Education Planning & Policy Development at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Previously she served as an Information Specialist and Coordinator of the Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (MassPAC) at the Federation for Children with Special Needs. She is the mother of three sons, one of whom is 25 years old, has intellectual disabilities, and lives his own life in New Haven, Connecticut.

Martha Daigle is the Family Engagement Coordinator in the Special Education Planning and Policy office at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Martha was a founder and Co-Executive Director of an adult service agency that provides supports for adults in community based programs.

Transition Workshop: What Makes for a Purpose-Driven and Successful Transition to Adult Life?

Hosted by The Education Cooperative
April 11, 2016
The Education Cooperative, 141 Mansion Drive, East Walpole, MA

This free workshop will guide families through questions surrounding the transition from public education to a full and meaningful adult life. Come discuss questions like: What’s important to adult life experience? What brings value to our lives? How do we define ourselves? How do we identify and prioritize our goals? Where do we turn for support in the planning process? This workshop will be led by Tom Bruffee, TEC Transition Teacher. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here.

Personal Pathways to Success: Career & Training Fair

Hosted in Collaboration by Natick, Holliston, Framingham, and Newton Public Schools
Thursday, April 7th
Natick High School Cafeteria

Students and families are invited to learn about a variety of postsecondary options beyond typical 4-year colleges. There are a variety of opportunities and this process can be difficult to navigate. Every student’s transition to adulthood is individually based on interests, preferences, aptitudes and skills – there is no one size fits all. For more information info and a list of participants, please visit our website.

How to Make & Keep Friends: Practical Tools to Help Your Child Build Social Skills & Develop Lasting Friendships

Sponsored by Natick SEPAC & Spark Kindness
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Natick High School

Donna Shea and Nadine Briggs, friendship experts and social coaches, offer tools to help your child achieve social success. Drawing on their own personal experience as social coaches, Nadine and Donna provide easy to implement and actionable tips that assist children in attaining, maintaining and sustaining improved social skills and true and lasting friendships. Discussion topics and registration details are provided here.

Travis Roy to Speak at Chickering Elementary School

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Chickering Elementary School
29 Cross Street
Dover, MA

It has been 20 years since Travis Roy played his first hockey game as a freshman at Boston University. Eleven seconds into his collegiate career, he slid head first into the boards, cracking his fourth vertebra and leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. He will speak about how life is full of challenges, but it is what people do when faced with those challenges that defines who we are and who we become. All are welcome to attend and donations are requested at the door. There will be a raffle of hockey memorabilia and collectables, and Travis will sign copies of his book “11 Seconds.” To learn more about Travis Roy, please visit the Travis Roy Foundation.

SafetyNet Tracking Systems

Contact: Ralph Poland
Law Enforcement Liaison
Marshfield MA Police (Ret.)
40 Pequot Way
Canton, MA 02021

Cell: 508-530-1595
SafetyNet by LoJack

SafetyNet is a radio frequency tracking system operated by law enforcement. The average search time for a person on SafetyNet is under 30 minutes. To date there have been 509 search operations for people on SafetyNet and all have been successful. The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department and the Massachusetts State Police, as well as many towns in MA, have been trained and equipped with the SafetyNet program. At this time, the Dover Police Department is looking into implementing SafetyNet in Dover.

Autism Awareness Day & Resource Fair & 2016 Summer Camp Guide

Sponsored by Boston Medical Center
Friday, April 22, 2016
12:00 – 5:00pm
Boston Medical Center, Shapiro Lobby, 725 Albany St., Boston

The BMC Autism Program is hosting its annual Autism Awareness Day event in conjunction with April’s Autism Awareness Month. In addition to their resource fair, visitors will enjoy an art gallery exhibit featuring the tremendous work of our Teens Engaged as Mentors (TEAM) and Parent Leadership in Autism Network (PLAN) programs. This event is open to BMC staff, patients, families and community members. No RSVP required.

Summer is just around the corner and the Autism Program at Boston Medical Center created this Summer Camp Guide to help you select the best options for you and your family as you begin planning for a fun and productive summer. Applications are available in March and April and enrollment deadlines hit shortly after.

Author of “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed” coming to speak in Dover-Sherborn

Sponsored by Dover-Sherborn Challenge Success Team
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Dover-Sherborn Mudge Auditorium, 9 Junction Street, Dover

Jessica Lahey is an educator, writer, and speaker. She has taught middle and high school for over a decade, is a correspondent for the Atlantic and PBS Parents, commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and writes the “Parent-Teacher Conference” column for the New York Times. Her New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed was released by Harper Books in 2015. Jessica is a Dover-Sherborn graduate, earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons. We look forward to welcoming Jessica back to Dover-Sherborn and encourage you to read her book before attending the presentation.

6th Annual Special Education School Fair & IEP Clinics for Parents

Sponsored by the Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. (SPaN)
Friday, March 11, 2016
8:00am – 4:30pm
The Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA

Special Education Schools from across the state will be exhibiting with representatives available to discuss how their unique programs can address various students’ academic, cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral, clinical, therapeutic, physical, sensory, medical, adaptive living and vocational needs.

SPaN will also provide parents with the opportunity to meet with an experienced Special Education Advocate/Parent Consultant to discuss their IEP concerns. Clinic sessions will be scheduled for 50 minute increments. The IEP Clinics start at 8:30 am – first come/first served – and conclude by 12:30pm. To participate in the IEP Clinic parents/guardians must register for the School Fair.

Register & learn more here.