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Community Events Calendar

October 2017

October 23 and 25, Social Thinking Conference (Norwood, MAss.)

For parents and caregivers of individuals with ASD or other social learning challenges. Conferrence focuses on strategies designed for school-age literal thinkers. Includes lunch.

October 26, “A View From All Sides” Family Support Training (Marlborough, MAss.)

A family support training conference covering information on topics for parent education, early childhood, home visiting, family support, and more for human service professionals who support children and families. Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Bruce D. Perry, Senior Fellow at The Child Trauma Academy.

October 26, Sensory Friendly Halloween (Uxbridge, MAss.)

Not so spooky Halloween” free and open to children of all abilities, 12 and under. Especially for those with sensory concerns. Direct Support Professionals and BCBA volunteers will be attending. Children must be with an adult!

November 2017

November 4, “Transition for School to Adult Life Conference” (Worcester, MAss.)

The ARC of Massachusetts hosts a statewide all-day conference for families focused on creating successful transitions into the adult world. Topics include: education in the school system, employment, community involvement, self-determination, independent living skills, financial and legal considerations, and eligibility for services. 

Online Registration

November 6, “Use of Technology to Support those with ASD” (Lowell, MAss.)

UMass Lowell Event, free and open to the public. Speaker will be Dr. Matthew Goodwin, of Northeastern University’s Computational Behavioral Science lab. He has research and clinical experience working with children and adults on the autism spectrum, and developing and evaluating innovative technologies for behavioral assessment and intervention.

Learn more on our News and Events page.

Online Registration


Amy Laurent will present a course focused on the regulatory challenges experienced by individuals with ASD and practical guidelines for prioritizing intervention targets in this area for a wide developmental range. Emphasis on cross contextual program planning, intervention in natural environments, and collaboration between families and professionals.

Registration is required by October 31 (fees apply). Call: 508-747-6686 extension 2703 or email: jsilverman@


The author, BCBA, and special educator, Jessica Minihan will be presenting to parents after her presentation to the faculty on managing challenging behavior.

More information can be found Medway Special Education Parent Advisory Council website.

November 19, “The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night Time” Sensory-Friendly Performance (Boston, MA)

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon that takes you into the world of a boy who "talks in loud declamatory sentences, doesn’t do “chat,” and can’t stand to be touched." This performance caters to people of any age with sensory-input issues and their families. Modifications include: pre show resources, accessibility, free fidgets and earplugs, lowered volume, only dimmed lights, relaxation area, trained volunteers, and more.

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November 25, “The Nutcracker” Sensory-Friendly Performance (Weston, MA)

Regis College is presenting a Sensory-Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker for individuals with sensory issues and their families. Modifications include: a relaxed setting, lowered volume, only dimmed lights, less intense action, and a “quiet zone” if anyone needs to relax for a few minutes.

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November 30, Author Talk: John Elder Robison (UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA)

Author of “Be Different, a how-to guide for grownups with autism”, “Raising Cubby”, and “Switched On” as well as an autism civil rights activist, will be presenting. Copies of his books will be available for sale.

More information can be found on UMass Amherst's Events website.

November 30 - December 1, Planning a Life (PAL) Conference (Worcester, MA)

A two-day transition planning conference with information and resources for families, educators and professionals. Conference will cover: Creating a Vision for life beyond high school transition laws, transition assessments, MA Transition Planning Form and IEP goals, post-secondary education and career preparation, community connections, and family involvement.

Online Registration
(fees apply)

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