Build Your SPED Toolbox

Hosted by the Wachusett Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Tuesdays: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25
7:00-9:00pm
Mountview Middle School
270 Shrewsbury Street, Holden, MA
Cost: $25 for the series & pre-registration required

This course is a series of seminars that will teach laws and advocacy procedures for advancing your knowledge and skills. Each seminar builds upon every element of the rights and responsibilities of students, parents, and school districts.
Please register by September 9th. Seminar topics & registration details are provided here.

Dover-Sherborn Welcomes New Special Education Director Christine Smith

Dover-Sherborn Regional Special Education Department

The Dover-Sherborn Regional School Committee, the Dover School Committee and the Sherborn School Committee unanimously voted to appoint Christine J. Smith as the new Director of Special Education effective July 1, 2016. Please join us in welcoming Christine Smith to our school district.

Dover Police Department Implements SafetyNet Tracking™ Systems

SafetyNet Tracking™ Systems

The Dover Police Department now has the SafetyNet Tracking™ Systems in place and has been trained on how to use the device to help find children or elderly residents who wander.

Caring for a loved one who wonders is a considerable responsibility. Nothing is more frightening than the thought of a loved one with autism, Alzheimer’s, or other cognitive impairment becoming lost. SafetyNet’s proven technology helps public safety agencies quickly find and bring your loved ones home. It provides you with additional protection and peace of mind to keep them safe. Learn more or enroll by calling SafetyNet Tracking™ Systems at 1-877-434-6384. You may also contact the Dover Police Department for more information at 508-785-1130.

College Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities

BestColleges.com

Most college campuses have dedicated staff to help students with learning disabilities receive the resources and assistance they need to succeed in their educational journey. A number of different accommodations are available, enabling students to attend classes, complete coursework, and undertake exams in a way that suits them best. We cover some of the most common accommodations.
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Career Guide for Students with Disabilities

BestColleges.com

Most college students find themselves at a crossroads upon graduating, and the transition from academic life to a career may prove to be a difficult time for many. Students with disabilities, however, face additional challenges after college. According to recent government data, the employment rate for college graduates without disabilities is 89.9%, yet only 50.6% for students with disabilities. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available that deal specifically with the college-to-career path for graduates with disabilities. Read More

MGH Aspire Summer Camp Open House

Hosted by MGH Aspire
May 26, 2016
5:30-7:00pm
Hale Reservation
80 Carby Street
Westwood, MA

MGH Aspire offers Summer Camp programs for children with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related profile. New program offerings include:
– Camp Junior program for ages 5 to 7.
– Trailblazers program for ages 12 to 15.
– New pavilion at Hale Reservation in Westwood.

Come explore our new pavilion and learn about our programs. You will also have the opportunity to speak with Aspire staff and parents. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP by May 19th.

Autism: Early Detection & Next Steps

Hosted by League School of Greater Boston
May 25, 2016
3:30-5:30pm
League School of Greater Boston
300 Boston Providence Highway
Walpole, MA

Leaders in the field of Autism are coming to League School to speak about how to identify early warning signs, commonly used evidence-based treatment methods, and where parents and teachers can go to find community support or education. This is a FREE workshop and professionals and parents are encouraged to attend. Click here to RSVP.

2016 Autism Speaks Day at Fenway Park

Hosted by Autism Speaks New England Chapter
May 14, 2016
1:00pm
Fenway Park

Join the Red Sox on May 14th as they extend a special welcome to individuals & families affected by autism across New England. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to Autism Speaks. Members of the autism community will be included in the pre-game ceremonies. A quiet zone and social story will also be made available for support. For more information, visit: www.redsox.com/autismspeaks.

Transition Fair: Preparing Students and Families for the Next Step

Hosted by Newton Public Schools
May 18, 2016
6:30-8:00pm
Newton North High School Cafeteria
457 Walnut Street, Newton, MA

Students (ages 12-22) and families will have the opportunity to connect with community organizations and agencies to learn more about the transition process. Representatives will be available to discuss legal considerations related to transition, vocational development/job preparation programs, community living options, and social/recreational programs. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on participating organizations, please visit: http://transitionresourceguide.weebly.com/