Category Archives: Special Education, Disability & Advocacy

May 10th: Guardianship Alternatives

Guardianship and Alternatives: What do you need to know? Professional Panelists will provide information about guardianships, including the process, various types of guardianships and considerations for your family. Panelists will also discuss alternatives to guardianship for your loved one. Hyman Darling – Attorney at Bacon and Wilson in Springfield, MA Maureen Lemke- Magistrate at Hampden […]

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Area Events!

February 1st – Valentines Dance, Jericho February 1st – AANE Pizza & Games night (18+), 6-8pm in East Longmeadow, Click here for info February 2nd – Reading Group, 7-8:30 at JCC (see homepage for details). February 4th – Communicare Ice-cream Social, Jericho February 5th – Best Buddies, JCC, at Shaker Bowl in East Longmeadow February […]

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Transition Summit: Thursday, November 3 – Prepare Today for Success at Age 22

A must-attend workshop for parents and professionals working with teens who are approaching or in the transition process with IEP or 504 Supports. Thursday, November 3 at JERICHO in Holyoke 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast 9:00 – 4:00 pm Workshop Pre-Register Today: $30 for Professionals and Parents ($40 at the door) $50 for families of 2 […]

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Fall Dances & Mom’s Night Out from our friends at Jericho

October fun, friendship and support from our friends at Jericho! Fall (Halloween) Dance for Adults of All Abilities Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 – 8:30pm Castle of the Knights, 599 Memorial Ave, Chicopee $3 includes a light dinner, beverages, photo booth and a treat Mom’s Night Out Join Moms and Caregivers of kids through adults of all ages […]

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Area Advocacy + Events

Education, Advocacy and Support in our Community October 2016 October 4 – ARICA, Autism Insurance Laws at McMahon School, Holyoke, MA, 5:30-7:30 PM October 5 – Autism Safety Awareness, Chicopee, MA, 5:30-7 PM October 5 – Sensory Friendly Day at the CT Science Center, Hartford, CT –  10 am-5 pm October 7 – Mental Health and […]

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IEP Workshop March 22nd at the JCC

Bring your child’s IEP to this interactive workshop with Special Education Advocate, Ingrid Flory on Tuesday, March 22nd at the JCC. She will teach you how to prepare for your IEP meeting, and how to GET IT DONE! Learn more and register now!

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Exceptional Lives “How To Guides” help individuals with special needs – free and online!

Caring for a family member with special needs is time-consuming, stressful and often challenging. We are delighted to share this new, free, ONLINE resource with you to help you 24 hours a day with some of your most difficult challenges. On this website, exceptionallives.org, you can walk through 4 different “online guides” that can help you with topics such as:
Creating an effective IEP
Optimizing health insurance
Applying for SSI
Navigating guardianship
Be sure to check it out!

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Community Resources for People with Autism

View this newsletter from CRPA for up to date information and new programs beginning in 2016.  Beginning on January 13th in Holyoke, CRPA will be offering a family support group. Find the newsletter here: http://theassociationinc.org/files/December_Newsletter.pdf

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Presentation by Communications Disorders Specialist: Social Thinking and Skill Development

Come learn from an expert in communications disorders! Kathleen Becker will present on Wednesday, Nov. 18th in West Springfield about “Social Thinking” – aimed at helping individuals become empowered communicators, make friends, feel smart, do their homework, and like themselves more. This program is free and open to the public, sponsored by the West Springfield SPEDPAC. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

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iPad Airs to be awarded to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism

Apply to be awarded an iPad Air by Autism Speaks! Applications open TODAY, November 2. Deadline is NOVEMBER 7th! Read this post for details on who can apply, how to apply and the application timeline. Don’t miss out!

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