Autism Awareness Day & Resource Fair & 2016 Summer Camp Guide

Sponsored by Boston Medical Center
Friday, April 22, 2016
12:00 – 5:00pm
Boston Medical Center, Shapiro Lobby, 725 Albany St., Boston

The BMC Autism Program is hosting its annual Autism Awareness Day event in conjunction with April’s Autism Awareness Month. In addition to their resource fair, visitors will enjoy an art gallery exhibit featuring the tremendous work of our Teens Engaged as Mentors (TEAM) and Parent Leadership in Autism Network (PLAN) programs. This event is open to BMC staff, patients, families and community members. No RSVP required.

Summer is just around the corner and the Autism Program at Boston Medical Center created this Summer Camp Guide to help you select the best options for you and your family as you begin planning for a fun and productive summer. Applications are available in March and April and enrollment deadlines hit shortly after.

Author of “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed” coming to speak in Dover-Sherborn

Sponsored by Dover-Sherborn Challenge Success Team
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
7:00pm
Dover-Sherborn Mudge Auditorium, 9 Junction Street, Dover

Jessica Lahey is an educator, writer, and speaker. She has taught middle and high school for over a decade, is a correspondent for the Atlantic and PBS Parents, commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and writes the “Parent-Teacher Conference” column for the New York Times. Her New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed was released by Harper Books in 2015. Jessica is a Dover-Sherborn graduate, earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons. We look forward to welcoming Jessica back to Dover-Sherborn and encourage you to read her book before attending the presentation.

6th Annual Special Education School Fair & IEP Clinics for Parents

Sponsored by the Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. (SPaN)
Friday, March 11, 2016
8:00am – 4:30pm
The Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA

Special Education Schools from across the state will be exhibiting with representatives available to discuss how their unique programs can address various students’ academic, cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral, clinical, therapeutic, physical, sensory, medical, adaptive living and vocational needs.

SPaN will also provide parents with the opportunity to meet with an experienced Special Education Advocate/Parent Consultant to discuss their IEP concerns. Clinic sessions will be scheduled for 50 minute increments. The IEP Clinics start at 8:30 am – first come/first served – and conclude by 12:30pm. To participate in the IEP Clinic parents/guardians must register for the School Fair.

Register & learn more here.

Visions of Community 2016

Sponsored by the Federation for Children with Special Needs
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston

Attend your choice of workshops about early childhood, special education, transition to adult life, special healthcare needs, managing challenging behaviors, mental health services and supports, inclusion, autism, fostering friendships, assistive technology, stress management for parents, parent leadership, and more. Register & learn more here.

Understanding My Child’s Learning Style

Presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs
Thursday January 28, 2016
7:00-9:00pm – Free
Natick Town Hall: 13 East Central Street, 3rd Floor

The different ways students take in and generate information can greatly affect how and whether they succeed in school and later in life. The presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will identify the features of different learning styles and through interactive discussion with the group participants will explore how parents and teachers can harness a child’s learning style to help him/her achieve success in many different environments, including the classroom.

In order to prepare the correct amount of handouts, we would greatly appreciate RSVPs to naticksepac@gmail.com, but please know you can also come last minute. All are welcome!

Website: http://www.sepacnatick.org/meetings
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1064072310270525/

Miss Amazing Pageant & Dance Workshop

Miss Amazing celebrates the incredible abilities of girls and women with disabilities. It gives them the opportunity to display their ambitions and reach their full potential in a supportive environment. Miss Amazing is a national non-profit organization located in over 30 states across the country and has impacted the lives of over 650 girls.

Miss Amazing Dance Workshop
January 9, 2016
3:00-5:00pm
Medfield Dance Academy
45 West Street, Medfield, MA

Miss Amazing Pageant
February 27, 2016
Time: to be announced
Medfield High School
88 Pound Street, Medfield, MA

Lucy Nealon, Massachusetts Miss Amazing Co-Director
Email: ma@missamazingpageant.com

Metrowest Resource Fair

Hosted by: The Natick SEPAC
March 6, 2016
1:00-4:00pm
Natick High School

(Snow date: April 3, 2016)

This resource fair is designed to offer MetroWest families the opportunity to learn about dozens of local resources, activities, and services available to parents and individuals with special needs. This event is free to the Public and children are welcome. An arts and crafts area will be staffed with volunteers so parents and caretakers can attend the fair. Complete details are available here.

SEPAC Meeting 11/6/15

Our next SEPAC meeting will take place on Friday, 11/6/15 at 9:00am in the Headmaster’s Conference Room at DSMS. We will review our 2015-16 goals & priorities by age group. We’ll also be discussing communication outreach, the Dover-Sherborn Challenge Success initiative, and upcoming events. Whether you are new to the school district or a parent we haven’t seen in a while, we encourage your participation.

Residents of Dover and Sherborn and the parents or guardians of students who attend our schools are welcome to participate in our meetings and attend our events. Meetings occur regularly and are posted on the district calendar. Agendas & meeting locations are emailed to SEPAC members in advance of each meeting.