Sponsored by Abilities.com
September 21-23, 2018
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.
Sponsored by the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks
74 Warrenton Street
$5 of each ticket will go to benefit Autism Speaks. To purchase tickets, please visit Ticketmaster and use promo code: AUTISMSPEAKS.
Sponsored by Academy Metrowest
218 Speen Street
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.
Sponsored by Autism Speaks
Opening Ceremonies: 10:00am
Walk Start: 10:15am
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.
Sponsored by Therapro
October & November 2018
Check out Therapro’s upcoming schedule of free Saturday morning seminars. Peruse past seminars, some of which have video clips and/or ancillary material from the presentation.
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.
Sponsored by the Framingham Police Dept.
Saturday, 9/22/18 (rain or shine)
Keefe Regional Technical School
Fountain Street Entrance
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.
Sponsored by Spark Kindness
Fall 2018 Schedule
SPARK Kindness is very pleased to present the 6th annual Resilient Parent, Resilient Child speaker series. These programs are free of charge thanks to sponsor and community support. All are welcome. Learn more and register for programs here.
Sponsored by The Charles River Center
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.
Sponsored by FCSN
October 25-26, 2018
Brockton Area Arc
1250 West Chestnut St.
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.