MGH Aspire Summer Camp Open House

Hosted by MGH Aspire
May 26, 2016
5:30-7:00pm
Hale Reservation
80 Carby Street
Westwood, MA

MGH Aspire offers Summer Camp programs for children with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related profile. New program offerings include:
– Camp Junior program for ages 5 to 7.
– Trailblazers program for ages 12 to 15.
– New pavilion at Hale Reservation in Westwood.

Come explore our new pavilion and learn about our programs. You will also have the opportunity to speak with Aspire staff and parents. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP by May 19th.

Autism: Early Detection & Next Steps

Hosted by League School of Greater Boston
May 25, 2016
3:30-5:30pm
League School of Greater Boston
300 Boston Providence Highway
Walpole, MA

Leaders in the field of Autism are coming to League School to speak about how to identify early warning signs, commonly used evidence-based treatment methods, and where parents and teachers can go to find community support or education. This is a FREE workshop and professionals and parents are encouraged to attend. Click here to RSVP.

2016 Autism Speaks Day at Fenway Park

Hosted by Autism Speaks New England Chapter
May 14, 2016
1:00pm
Fenway Park

Join the Red Sox on May 14th as they extend a special welcome to individuals & families affected by autism across New England. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to Autism Speaks. Members of the autism community will be included in the pre-game ceremonies. A quiet zone and social story will also be made available for support. For more information, visit: www.redsox.com/autismspeaks.

Transition Fair: Preparing Students and Families for the Next Step

Hosted by Newton Public Schools
May 18, 2016
6:30-8:00pm
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: http://transitionresourceguide.weebly.com/

Free Webinar: Student-Driven Secondary Transition

Presented by Amanda Green & Martha Dangle from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
April 13, 2016
12:00-1:00pm
Registration: https://arcmass.webex.com/mw3000/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=arcmass

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
6:30-8:00pm
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
6:30-8:00pm
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
7:00pm
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
6:00pm
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

Email: rpoland@lojack.com
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.