Massachusetts happenings and resources that you may be interested in!

Transition from School to Adult Life: Using the IEP to Create Success

March 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Newburyport 5 Cents Savings Bank, 63 State Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

A free workshop for parents and professionals presented by Johanne Pino, Project Coordinator at Massachusetts Advocates for Children. This workshop will address the transition planning, and services required for youth with disabilities ages 14-22, focusing on both the transition special education services which prepare youth for employment, independent living and further education, and mechanisms to plan for services students may require when they exit special education and transition to the adult human service system.

Through the use of case examples, participants will learn strategies that may help students receive important transition services mandated by special education laws. Participants will also gain an understanding on Chapter 688, the federal law that helps plan for youth with disabilities after they leave school.

For more information please contact: Northeast Arc's Autism Support Center 978-777-9135 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Sensory-Friendly Movies at Chunky's in Haverhill

Cinderella Event Dates: Wednesday, March 18 at 4pm and Saturday, March 21 at 9am Chunky's Haverhill, MA

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Chunky's offers monthly screenings for children with autism or other special needs. Theater lights are kept on, the sound of the film turned down, and no 3D. Audience members are allowed to walk around, dance, shout or sing! These showings are proudly sponsored by Recreational Education Center!



"The World is Ours!" Down Syndrome Conference

March 28th, 2015 Worcester.

For people with Down syndrome, family members, health care professionals and educators. Workshops cover topics for families with young children, through adulthood, complex medical needs, and autism. Information is also for educators, medical professionals, and siblings.

For more information visit The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress's conference page or contact 781.221.0024


Boston Museum of Science Disability Prototype Testers

The Boston Museum of Science is seeking visitors with all disabilities to test new exhibit prototypes, explore the museum, and give feedback to help improve their accessibility. Testing includes free admission to exhibit halls for the day and free parking in the Museum's garage. To participate and give the Museum feedback fill out their Boston Museum of Science online form or contact 617-589-4438 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A Family Guide to Transition Services in Mass -- Great Resource

Transition is the passage of a student receiving special education services from high school to adult life as they exit from high school because the student has either graduated from high school with a high school diploma or has turned 22 years of age, the age when a school district is no longer required to provide special education services. Developed by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and the Federation for Children with Special Needs, this helpful Guide is available in English and Spanish.

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