MGH Aspire Fall 2017 Group Schedule

Hosted by MGH Aspire
Program locations: Lexington, Newton, Charlestown

MGH Aspire offers group programming for children, teens, and young adults. Their fall programs are held at their Lexington, Newton and Charlestown locations. All participants are grouped based on their unique needs and best-fit with their peers. Participants follow the Aspire model of robust support in both direct instruction and in-the-moment feedback to generalize growth in the areas of social development, stress management, and self awareness. View the schedule and registration information here.

A Community Conversation with award-winning author Andrew Solomon

Sponsored by Advocates Family Services
Monday, 9/18/17
The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN)
14 Summer Street
Natick, MA

Join Andrew Solomon for an inspiring talk about the extraordinary resilience of families raising children with unfamiliar challenges, the subject of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. A Q&A with audience members will follow. RSVP here.

Innovative Technology in Community Health Care Conference

Sponsored by Vinfen
Friday, 9/8/17
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

In honor of Vinfen’s 40 years of innovation and commitment to care for people with psychiatric conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges, the Vinfen Innovative Technology in Community Health Care Conference will focus on new technologies and their impact on integrated behavioral and physical health. Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders, MSW, ACSW, will open the day by sharing her vision for the future of how technology will shape the field of health and human services for the next decade. Learn more and register here.

Special Needs Planning: Complex Problems, Simple Solutions

Sponsored by Fletcher Tilton PC

Helping Families with
Mental Illness

Tuesday, 9/19/17
Advocates, 1881 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA

Helping Families with
Developmental Disabilities

Monday, 9/25/17
Advocates, 1881 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA

One in four families cope with having a loved one that has been diagnosed with mental illness or special needs. These seminars will cover:
– Important issues regarding special needs planning
– The difference between emotions-based decisions and values-based decisions and how they impact your financial future
– Strategies to obtain and maintain eligibility for important government benefits
– Case studies that show how real families integrate their legal and financial needs.
There is no cost or obligation to attend either of these seminars. Seating is limited. Learn more and register here.

Parenting Retreat for Managing Stress

Sponsored by Spark Kindness
Sunday, 4/30/17
Natick Community-Senior Center
117 East Central Street
Natick, MA

Are you looking for positive ways to deal with stress in your life? As a parent, do you find it hard to take time for yourself? Would you like an opportunity to take a breath, connect with other parents and learn tools to manage stress? If so, join us for this free, half-day retreat. Learn more and register here.

What’s Out There Webinar

Sponsored by The Arc of Massachusetts
Thursday, 5/4/17
Cost: $25

Many services and supports are available to families who have children with developmental disabilities and special health care needs. This presentation will review publicly funded services and supports that your family can utilize, regardless of income. We’ll review eligibility criteria, application processes, and points of contact for programs through the Department of Developmental Services, MassHealth, the Department of Public Health, and more. The information provided will be relevant to families with children of all ages, from immediately after diagnosis up through age 22. Learn more and register here.

A Full Life Ahead: Special Needs Planning Workshop

Sponsored by Advocates Family Services
Thursday, 6/15/17
1881 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of both the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act and special needs trusts. The potential need for a special needs trust, strategies in funding, and working with an attorney will also be presented. Learn more and register here.

Learning Solutions: Summer Solutions 2017

Sponsored by Learning Solutions, LLC
Summer 2017
49 Walpole Street, Suite 1
Norwood, MA

Learning Solutions helps children experience social success by working with individuals, groups, communities and classrooms. They use a collaborative approach to provide resources for the effective use of social strategies. Learn more about their Summer Solutions programs for grades K-8 here.

Aspire: Summer 2017 Programs

Sponsored by MGH Aspire
Summer 2017
Camp locations in Westwood, Newton, Charlestown and Boston

MGH Aspire helps children, teens, and adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related social profile make social connections and develop independence. At MGH Aspire, participants learn age and developmentally appropriate skills needed to succeed at home, school, in their communities or in the work place. Learn more about their summer programs for children, teens and adults here.