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Community Events Calendar

December 2017

DECEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 22, “SIBSHOPS FROM THE BROCKTON AREA ARC” (BROCKTON, Mass.)

Sibshops” is a recreational-based program for children ages 8 to 12 who have siblings with special needs. It meets on Fridays from 5-7:30 p.m. for four weeks. “Guaranteed to provide food, fun and new friends.”

Fees apply, register by contacting: Christina Grande at 508-583-8030. You can learn more by visiting the Brockton Area ARC website.

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DECEMBER 5, 2017 – FEBRUARY 27, 2018 “FITNESS BOOTCAMP FOR SPECIAL NEEDS” (CONCORD, Mass.)

Ages 16+ and caregivers (if needed) are welcome. Will be able to meet fitness instructor, Scott C., learn how to use simple exercises, free weights, and yoga balls to develop a healthier stronger self. Required: sneakers, comfortable clothing, bottle of water, an inhaler (if needed). Relevant forms required to be filled out before.

Fees apply, registration is required. Please contact Darcie Heller, Director of Recreation & Family Services by email at: dheller@minutemanarc.org or call: 978-287-7936. More information can be found on the Minute Man ARC website.


DECEMBER 14 “ASPERGER / AUTISM ADULT HOLIDAY PARTY” (NEWTON, Mass.)

AANE’s annual holiday party will take place at Bertucci’s in Newton and is welcome to all adults with ASD. Tickets are $20 and include a meal with friends. Participation in the Yankee Swap is optional (bring a $5-$10 gift if you wish to participate).

Registration is required. More information can be found on the Asperger/ Autism Network (AANE) website.

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DECEMBER 27 “URBAN NUTcRACKER AUTISM FRIENDLY SHOW” (BOSTON, Mass.)

Enjoy the presentation of the holiday classic designed for members of the community who have forms of Autism. Accommodations include: extra staffing, pleasant lighting, soft sounds, and a safe space.

Tickets are required and can be purchased through the Urban Nutcracker website.

January 2018

DECEMBER 2, 2017 and JANUARY 6, 2018 “BEYOND THE SPECTRUM ART CLASS” (BOSTON, Mass.)

The Museum of Fine Arts hosts this program from 10:30 a.m. - Noon for children ages 8-12 with ASD and a caregiver. Gallery observation as well as an art activity included for $9.

Ticket purchase required: Museum of Fine Arts website.

DECEMBER 5, 2017 – FEBRUARY 27, 2018 “FITNESS BOOTCAMP FOR SPECIAL NEEDS” (CONCORD, Mass.)

Ages 16+ and caregivers (if needed) are welcome. Will be able to meet fitness instructor, Scott C., learn how to use simple exercises, free weights, and yoga balls to develop a healthier stronger self. Required: sneakers, comfortable clothing, bottle of water, an inhaler (if needed). Relevant forms required to be filled out before.

Fees apply, registration is required. Please contact Darcie Heller, Director of Recreation & Family Services by email at: dheller@minutemanarc.org or call: 978-287-7936. More information can be found on the Minute Man ARC website.

JANUARY 24 “I-PAD FAMILY CLUB” (STURBRIDGE, Mass.)

This event if free and open to the public. The focus will be on learning to navigate available apps that assist in communication, social skills, and homework. Bring your own ipad, or borrow one from the center. Adults, children, and caregivers are all welcome.

Register by contacting: Jayne Bowler at 508-796-1952, or by email at: jbowler@sevenhills.org; or Elizabeth Carroll at 508-796-1958, or by email at: ecarroll@sevenhills.org.

JANUARY 9 “LEARN TO BETTER ADDRESS YOUR CHILD’S SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS: THE PARENT CONSULTING TRAINING INSTITUTE” (BOSTON, Mass.)

PCTI classes (9 total) on Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The PCTI is an intensive training consisting of 54 hours of classroom instruction and with two optional internships available for those who complete the classroom component. Presenters include leading attorneys and special education experts, Federation staff, and representatives from the Department of

Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA).

The full schedule can be found on the Federation for Children With Special Needs website.

Register online

February 2018

DECEMBER 5, 2017 – FEBRUARY 27, 2018 “FITNESS BOOTCAMP FOR SPECIAL NEEDS” (CONCORD, Mass.)

Ages 16+ and caregivers (if needed) are welcome. Will be able to meet fitness instructor, Scott C., learn how to use simple exercises, free weights, and yoga balls to develop a healthier stronger self. Required: sneakers, comfortable clothing, bottle of water, an inhaler (if needed). Relevant forms required to be filled out before.

Fees apply, registration is required. Please contact Darcie Heller, Director of Recreation & Family Services by email at: dheller@minutemanarc.org or call: 978-287-7936. More information can be found on the Minute Man ARC website.

March 2018

MARCH 21 “LEARN TO BETTER ADDRESS YOUR CHILD’S SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS: THE PARENT CONSULTING TRAINING INSTITUTE” (BROCKTON, Mass.)

PCTI classes (9 total) on Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. -4 p.m. The PCTI is an intensive training consisting of 54 hours of classroom instruction and with two optional internships available for those who complete the classroom component. Presenters include leading attorneys and special education experts, Federation staff, and representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA).

The full schedule can be found on the Federation for Children With Special Needs website.

Register online

April 2018

APRIL 3 “LEARN TO BETTER ADDRESS YOUR CHILD’S SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS: THE PARENT CONSULTING TRAINING INSTITUTE” (HOLYOKE, Mass.)

PCTI classes on Tuesdays (9 total), 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The PCTI is an intensive training consisting of 54 hours of classroom instruction and with two optional internships available for those who complete the classroom component. Presenters include leading attorneys and special education experts, Federation staff, and representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA).

The full schedule can be found on the Federation for Children With Special Needs website.

Register online


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