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DLC Seeking Input on Systemic Problems Impacting Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened & DeafBlind Community

The Disability Law Center is looking for your input on the systemic problems impacting people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, and DeafBlind. We want to hear from people with disabilities, family members, and others knowledgeable about the systemic barriers faced (such as access to effective communication in health care settings, interactions with law enforcement, educational settings, other systemic discrimination issues, etc). We will be using the information you provide us for our annual priority setting process.  Your input will inform the work we do in 2021.

Thank you for your help!

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ASL Interpreters and CART have been confirmed.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Space is limited and registration is required to participate. Reservations will be granted on a first-come, first-served. Please submit any accommodation requests to Amanda at 617-315-4440 or by no later than August 18, 2020.


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Transition Services – Gen. Meeting March-27-2014

Here is the video from our 3-27-14 Workshop on Transition Services

Transition Services Workshop for Parents of Students with Disabilities
Sponsored by Boston SpedPac in partnership with the Boston Public Schools
Guest Presenters – Pamela Coveney, Attorney – Disability Law Center
Erica Sandlin, Transition Specialist – BPS
Meg Stone, Director – IMPACT: Ability
Glenn Gabbard, ICE Coordinator – Executive Office of Education (MA)
Johanne Pino – MAC

Workshop Transition Services – for Education, Work and Independent Living
Pamela will provide an overview of  the law and the basics of Transition Services for special needs children ages 14-22.

Transition Presentations:
Erica Sandlin – BPS Transition Specialist – Transitions Services Within BPS
Meg Stone – IMPACT: Ability – Empowering people with disabilities through safety & self-advocacy trainings – Live Safety Demonstration
Glenn Gabbard – ICE Coordinator – Executive Office of Education (MA)
The Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) Program enables students with disabilities to participate in the college experience while still in high school.
Optional Program – Think College
Johanne Pino – Massachusetts Advocates for Children – MAC
Transition Workshops @ Dorchester Boys & Girls Club – Project B.I.N.D.

General Meeting – 3/27/14
Transition Services
Pamela Coveney, Attorney
Disability Law Center

Basic Rights Workshop 2-27-14 – Pamela Coveney

Here is the video from our 2-27-14 Workshop on  Basic Rights

Watch on our YouTube Channel

2-27-14 Basic Rights Flyer

Presentation – Basic Rights
This workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Massachusetts Special Education Law
  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide the child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

General Meeting – 2/27/14
Basic Rights
Pamela Coveney, Attorney
Disability Law Center

Basic Rights Presentation-DLC
Basic Right Appendix – DLC
Disability Law Center Brochure


BSP September 26, 2013 General Meeting

Here is the video from our Sept. 2013 GM.

Starting your year off right  PDF in English and Spanish

“Start Your Year Off Right” Workshop for Parents of Students with Disabilities Sponsored by Boston SpedPac in partnership with the Boston Public Schools Guest Presenter – Eileen Nash, Deputy Superintendent of Individualized Learning – BPS

PresentationStart your year off right Carolyn will go over the basics of how to start your child’s year off pre-pared and ready.

New SpedPac Technology Update John will give a demonstration of the SpedPac website.

A Parent’s Story – SpedPac Board Members Each month, we will introduce members the SpedPac Board.  We will tell our stories and how we are helping to make BPS better for all children with Special Needs. Carolyn and John will Tell Their Stories

SpEd Update – Eileen Nash – BPS Eileen will provide an overview of Special Education issues within BPS.


Helping those with autism find technology jobs, One father’s #BigIdea

Great Piece from NBC Nightly News from June 10, 2013

At the nonPareil Institute, an autism diagnosis isn’t an impediment to developing a meaningful career. The nonprofit provides technical training, teaching software skills to students with autism and then hiring those students to design games, apps and eBooks. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

Dan Selec, whose son was diagnosed with autism, had a big idea: to train and then hire autistic students to work with technology. In 2008 he founded his nonprofit, the nonPareil Institute, which teaches software skills to those with autism and then hires many of them. Now, these workers are increasingly finding themselves in demand for the skills they’ve learned.

Click here to learn more about Selec’s nonprofit.

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Special School Choice Meeting on Special Education

Boston School Choice: Special Meeting for Students with Disabilities
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 – Campbell Resource Center – 1-3PM

Thanks to all of the SpedPac Parents who came out last Sunday.  We had 65+ people at the meeting.  That is more or the same number of people as the largest attended regular  school choice community meeting.  Thanks again.

Changes in BPS policy regarding Special Education were outlined in John Verre’s presentation.  Watch Carolyn Kain’s comment.  She does a great job of addressing the big picture and how SpedPac thinks about things.

John Verre Special Education School Choice Presentation – 10-14-2012

Watch the video of the meeting.