The extra layer of back-to-school anxiety when your child has special needs

By Jackie Spinner
The Washington Post

I am not alone in my anxiety over back-to-school. This is an especially hard time of year for all parents of children with special needs. We are cutting tags out of clothes, filling out forms, buying special shoes, negotiating bus routes and trying to determine the gaps in services for our children. Read more.

SafetyNet Demonstration Event

Sponsored by the Framingham Police Dept.
Saturday, 9/22/18 (rain or shine)
9:00am-12:30pm
Keefe Regional Technical School
Fountain Street Entrance
Framingham, MA

If you have a loved one with Autism, Alzheimer’s or Dementia who wanders off, there is technology to help locate the lost. To learn more, join the Framingham Police for a SafetyNet demonstration event where representatives from SafetyNet Tracking Systems will be there to help answer your questions. For more information or to confirm attendance, please contact Officer Keith Strange at 508-532-5985.

Wings for Autism

Sponsored by The Charles River Center
Saturday, 11/3/18
Logan Airport
Boston, MA

Wings for Autism is a free program specifically designed to support families of children with autism, creating a travel test run to help ease the stress of airline travel. By getting comfortable with the airport and flight experience (without actually leaving the airport) parents and their children with special needs can gain the familiarity and confidence they need to take future trips. Register and learn more here.

Planning a Life (PAL) Transition Conference

Sponsored by FCSN
October 25-26, 2018
8:30am–4:30pm
Brockton Area Arc
1250 West Chestnut St.
Brockton, MA

PAL is a two-day transition planning conference with information and resources for families, educators, and professionals. Topics that will be addressed include creating a vision for life beyond high school, transition laws and assessments, the MA transition planning form and IEP goals, and much more. Learn more and register here.

30th Annual Ellie Bloom Special Olympics

Sponsored by the The Charles River Center
Saturday, 9/29/18
DeFazio Park
Needham, MA

The 30th annual Ellie Bloom Special Olympics will be held on Saturday, September 29th at DeFazio Park in Needham. Check in begins at 9:30 am and events begin at 10:00 am. This fun and inspiring event welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to participate in track and field events such as running and wheelchair dashes, basketball throws, relay races, and ladderball. Every event is modified so that all who attempt to participate will be successful. Learn more and register here.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Annual Conference

Sponsored by the IDA
October 24-27, 2018
Foxwoods Resort
Mashantucket, CT

IDA’s Annual International Conference is the premier professional development conference dedicated to dyslexia. The conference brings in experts from all over the world to educate attendees on the latest research, remediation, and more.

The Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference is held for both professionals and families and is attended by some 2,500 teachers, educators, and administrators, reading specialists, researchers, university faculty, psychologists, physicians, tutors, and parents. Register and learn more here.

Cinderella Sensory Friendly Performance

Hosted by Open Door Theater
Saturday, 3/24/18
1:00pm
R.J. Grey Jr. High School Auditorium
16 Charter Road, Acton

This show is recommended for children and adults who prefer a sensory friendly theater experience. Open Door Theater is proud to be one of the charter members of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s UP initiative for Universal Programming and Universal Design to increase the accessibility of all organizations in Massachusetts and beyond. Read complete details about the sensory friendly performance and purchase tickets here.