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11/14/20

Prepare Students with Learning Differences for College, Career & More

Session 1: Who Will I Become?; Tues., Nov. 17, 2020, 7-8 p.m. EST
Register: bit.ly/SFCTransitionSeries

Session 2: College Bound with Challenges; Thurs., Dec. 3, 2020, 7-8 p.m. EST
Register: bit.ly/SFCTransitionSeriesCollege

Session Three: Learning & Doing: When College Isn’t Your First Next Step; Tues., Jan. 12, 2021, 7-8 p.m. EST
Register: bit.ly/SFCTransitionSeriesCareer

Learn more at bit.ly/HSTransitionSeries

10/29/20

Threshold Program

Threshold continues to serve students in their life-long journey of independence and growth—even during these unprecedented times. We are an incredible community—it is so very special!

 

Now, more than ever, students with learning differences need Lesley’s support. We are writing to request that you spread the word to your networks about just how impactful the program is. Below you will find information about our live, interactive Virtual Information Session on Monday, November 2, which will include a panel comprised of current Threshold students and staff. It is sure to be engaging and dynamic!

 

Threshold Program Virtual Information Session
Monday, November 2, 4:00-6:00pm EST

 

 

As well, you may also wish to guide anyone interested toward our new webpage, where prospective families can take a virtual tour, read detailed program information and FAQs, and watch videos.

 

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer in inspiring and sharing with members of your community exactly how rewarding the Threshold program is. We appreciate your time, testimony, and support.

 

Ernst VanBergeijk
Professor and Director
Threshold Program
10/17/20

Student Forum: Advocating for Your Rights Beyond the Book

If you have not yet registered for Advocating for Your Rights Beyond the Book, please join Bookshare on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 5 pm Pacific/ 8 pm Eastern.

You will hear from Betsy Beaumon, Benetech CEO, and Bookshare members in different stages of high school, college and career. They will provide advice to help you advocate for what you need in school, living situations and future employment.

You do not have to be a Bookshare member to attend, so please share with anyone you know who is interested in disability rights and accessible materials in high school and college. Thank you to those who have already reserved your spot.

  • Topic: Bookshare Student Forum: Advocating for Your Rights Beyond the Book
  • Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
  • Time: 5:00 pm Pacific/8:00 pm Eastern
09/25/20

Waypoint Adventure

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private or Semi-Private lessons have launched in response to Covid-19 and have been a great way to continue the mission of providing access to the outdoors! We believe in the power of the outdoors and know that adventure can bring about healthy change in people’s mental and physical lives. We hope you’ll consider signing up for a Private Lesson with one of our staff or trip leaders and participate (with guidelines) in an outdoor excursion that helps you get exercise, fresh air, and a mental-health boost!

All Waypoint programs are uniquely adapted to accommodate people with a wide range of disabilities. Our team has extensive experience working with youth and adults with intellectual, physical, and social-emotional disabilities ranging from moderate to severe. Make sure to check out our KayakingHiking, and Biking pages to see pictures of adaptive equipment and some of our many techniques. Please reach out if you have any questions! We love talking through specific situations.

Lessons are 90 minutes unless otherwise specified and whether you’re signing up for a Private Lesson or just going out on an adventure on your own, Waypoint recommends following these guidelines. Please review these before you join us.

Check out our options below and then go to our Program Calendar to sign up!

Option #1: ADVENTURE WITH A WAYPOINT STAFF MEMBER: Utilize the expertise of our experienced team and get access to the locations and equipment that would best suit your goals and needs. Our team has years of experience and we are constantly evaluating and re-evaluating best sites, trails, boat launches, and equipment to best suit your needs. Please note, bathrooms may not be available at all locations. If a bathroom is a “must-have”, let us know and we will do our best to find a location where there is one or look into best portable bathroom options for you. Click sign up button below after reading through all information.

Hiking (Private) – *$100 – Specialized equipment, skill-building, and personalized instruction all included. A third person from your home must be present (see below in More Details for “third person” guidelines). “Urban Hiking” and “Trail Walks” are all under the activity “Hiking” as well. Our team will review your registration and determine – with you – best fit on site, activity, and designing an experience that meets your needs and goals.

Hiking (Semi-Private) – *$100 – a Semi-Private Hike would be for two or more participants coming from separate households to socially-distant hike together. This could be a great break for parents and/or a great way to reconnect with friends while doing something fun. Specialized equipment, skill-building, and personalized instruction all included. “Urban Hiking” and “Trail Walks” are all under the activity “Hiking” as well. Our team will review your registration and determine – with you – best fit on site, activity, and designing an experience that meets the needs and goals of your small group.

Kayaking (Private or Semi-Private) – *$150 – Enjoy the peace and serenity of the water on a kayaking adventure! Check eligibility criteria in Covid-19 Confirmation form for more details. At this time, participants must be able to either paddle independently in their own single kayak or have someone from their household join in a tandem kayak who is a competent paddler. Please reach out if you have questions! Kayaking season coming to a close in mid-September!

Cycling or Biking (Private or Semi-Private) – *$150 – Get out on a sidewalk or trail and feel the speed! We have tandem road-bikes to provide (if you have someone from your household who is a competent tandem-bike peddler to ride with you), but otherwise you bring your own bike. We can go road-biking on paved paths and sidewalks or go trail biking with mountain bikes on the trails!

*Please note: Prices above reflect typical year-round fees for Private Lessons and what it costs to run these individual excursions. Please note: it is our first and foremost priority to provide these to you regardless of what you can pay. Please reach out to sign up even if price is a barrier; we have scholarship available.  In addition, donations in any amount help fund this opportunity for others. Payment and donations are discussed during your registration.

OPTION #2: I JUST WANT TO RENT EQUIPMENT: If you don’t need the support of a Waypoint staff or Trip Leader and just want to rent an off-road wheelchair, trekking poles, or adaptive paddling set-up, check out our Wheelchair Rental Program page which includes info on how to rent our adaptive recreation equipment.

More Details about Private Lessons:

  1. Forms:  During your registration, you will make an account through our online system, Jumbula, and be asked to sign up for a particular session. You will fill out both the Waypoint Adventure Medical Info form AND a Covid-19 Confirmation form. Please read these over carefully and especially consider if the Essential Eligibility Criteria on the Covid-19 Confirmation form applies to you before you sign. Please note, you have to set up a Jumbula account to participate. Our team can help!
  2. Third Person:  There will always be a “third party” present. We will work with you to determine who that third person may be. It’s one of our policies that staff and participants are not out of sight of the public at any time. We’ll ask you if you have a friend, family member, PCA, or person you’ve been isolating with who wants to join us. If you don’t have anyone to join, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide a second staff member or volunteer as we are spread thin at this time.
  3. Masks and Hand Sanitizer: We ask that you bring your own mask and hand sanitizer to your lesson. We’ll have extra if you forget. We’ll only require mask wearing when we are within 6ft of each other.
  4. Bathrooms:  Please be aware that many bathrooms are not in service. If there is not a bathroom at the location, we recommend using the bathroom at your home before you come and then if we need to use the bathroom in the woods, check out our How to Use the Bathroom in the Woods video on our YouTube channel. If a bathroom is a “must-have,” let us know and we will do our best to determine best options for you.
  5. Transportation:  You must provide your own transportation to and from these Private Lessons.
08/4/20

“Crip Camp” Film & Panel Discussion

Dear Educators and Parents,

Please join the BTU Inclusion Done Right campaign, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act this Thursday evening, August with the screening of the award winning  film “Crip Camp”, followed by a panel discussion and the opportunity to talk in small groups.  Please register here to get the zoom link.  See this flyer for more details.
6:00 – 8:00pm Join the zoom to watch “Crip Camp: live streamed, with close captions.  
 
8:00 – 8:30 – Panel Discussion with:
                     (ASL interpretation will be provided)
  • High School History teacher, Sam Texeira
  • Horace Mann School teacher, Martha O’Brien
  • Victoria Conrad, Paraprofessional at the Henderson and former BPS student
  • Fabienne Eliacin, SpedPAC at large member
  • Fabienne’s daughter, Leiya, 7th grader at the Elliot School
  • Dan Harris, Youth Transition Advocate, Boston Center for Independent Living
8:30 – 9:00 Small group discussion
 
Please reach out with any question, and hope to see you Thursday evening!
Ilene Carver

(she/her/hers)

BTU Organizer
617-680-1755
05/2/20

4_30_20 SpEd PAC General Virtual Meeting

This meeting starts with Melanie R. Jarboe & Alicia Warren – Special Education Attorneys at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong. The first part of the presentation is about Transition. At 31:10 mins the presentation addresses COVID-19.
Marcia Fitzpatrick, Assistant Director of Transition Services starts her presentation at 49:45.
At 1:06:49 min the Q&A with Kotin, Crabtree & Strong attorneys, and district Special education leadership starts with a Transition question and COVID-19 questions follow.