Boston Abilities Expo

Sponsored by
September 21-23, 2018
Fri. 11am-5pm
Sat. 11am-5pm
Sun. 11am-4pm
The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall A

Dance, play a ton of adaptive sports and learn to command a service dog. Watch your kids have a blast in the brand new play activity area. Increase your independence with the innovative tech featured at the Assistive Technology Showcase. All ages and abilities are welcome to discover their new favorite pastimes. For a special treat, Boston Marathon bombing survivors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes will also read their best-selling children’s book about a girl and her service dog. Learn more and register for free here.

Parent Workshop: Navigating Learning Challenges Through the School Years

Sponsored by Academy Metrowest
Wednesday, 10/17/18
Academy MetroWest
218 Speen Street
Natick, MA

Academy MetroWest is proud to present Dr. Joseph Moldover, Psy.D, a highly respected neuropsychologist with a private practice in Wellesley. Doctor Moldover’s presentation is entitled Navigating the Schools Years: Understanding Learning, Social, and Executive Functioning Challenges from Kindergarten through Adulthood. It’s a lifespan perspective focusing on how the same issue looks very different at different ages and in different settings. Parents of a child with one particular disability or learning difference might have one experience in 2nd grade and another in middle school, and parents of a child with LBLD a totally different course. This workshop is open to the public and admission is free. Learn more and RSVP here.

Greater Boston Autism Speaks Walk

Sponsored by Autism Speaks
Sunday, 10/14/18
Registration: 9:00am
Opening Ceremonies: 10:00am
Walk Start: 10:15am
Boston Common

Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives and support providers for people with autism. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. Learn more and register here.

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)
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
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.