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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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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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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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Family Leadership Workshop Series – Open for Application

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Family Leadership Series, offered by Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change. THIS EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY IS FREE FOR PARTICIPANTS! Food and overnight lodging for participants is paid for by the Department of Developmental Services. Scholarships for respite/child care are available. There will be NO COST to you to attend this series!!

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Interactive Workshop – Preparing for the IEP Meeting, July 29th

Join us for an interactive workshop at Jericho in Holyoke, where we will teach you how to not only prepare for your meeting, but support you in getting it done! You will leave with a WRITTEN DOCUMENT that you can BRING TO THE IEP MEETING! Registration is required – more details in this post.

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Workshop – Housing for People with Autism

FREE Workshop – Housing for People with Autism

Come learn from the experts at Autism Housing Pathways on Friday, July 31st in Easthampton

Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and work in this full day workshop!

Autism Housing Pathways will present a full day workshop on housing on Friday, July 31st, at Community Resources for People with Autism, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 366, Easthampton.

The goal is to end the day with an idea of what benefits your family member may be eligible for, what you can afford, and what models might be applicable to your situation. RSVP is required, so please read this entire post on the Kehillah website!

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Seeking volunteers for Kehillah FITNESS BUDDIES Program

Would you or someone you know like to be a “Fitness Peer Buddy” to an individual with special needs? We have an opportunity for you!
AND – You’ll have access to the JCC Gym, Pool and Fitness Center during this 3-month period!
We are recruiting volunteers – Fitness Peer Buddies – to work out at the JCC with individuals with special needs through our Fitness Buddies Program.

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Study Reveals Senses of Sight and Sound Separated in Children with Autism

A recent post in “Research News at Vanderbilt” describes recent research on how “children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have trouble integrating simultaneous information from their eyes and their ears.” Read about the research of Dr. Mark Wallace and Dr. Stephen Camarata, who describe that if this deficit in early sensory function can be “fixed” then we may be able to see benefits in language and communication and social interactions for individuals with autism.

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Information Session this Saturday: Camphill Community for People in need of services and supports for daily living

Please come learn more about the possibilities of a Camphill Community in the Pioneer Valley. This Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA. Camphill is a worldwide movement that seeks to enhance the lives of people in need of services and supports for daily living as well as people committed to service by creating communities where everyone’s contributions are valued without regard to their financial assets, or their intellectual or physical capabilities.

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