Housing Options for Individuals with Disabilities
Why should you go?
So many families care for their loved ones with disabilities at home and they rely on a variety of support services to do so. That’s why the Arc of Massachusetts is making supporting families and workforce issues (such as recruiting, training, and retaining) its legislative priorities in 2019. Join us at the State House to:
Talk about YOUR family.
What is going well?
Where do you experience gaps?
What is most important for a service provider to know and understand?
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
Gloria Ricardi Castillo
Director, Family Support Centers
We Are Family, Editor
6 Southside Road
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923
Aymee Lucifora, Program Director email@example.com
Melissa O’Neill, Senior Program Coordinator 978-624-2380 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Devine, Program Coordinator 978-624-2342 or email@example.com
Children with autism are frequently overwhelmed by new surroundings — loud noises, large crowds, and being touched by strangers can all cause panic. This can make traveling through airports a huge challenge.
Massport is trying to help. The agency this month ran its seventh “Wings for Autism” (See Below) event at Logan Airport, bringing together volunteers from three airlines, the Transportation Security Administration, and other vendors to offer about 160 kids with autism and their families the chance at a trial run going through airport security and boarding a flight. The daylong seminar is free and runs twice a year, in November and April. At other times, families with upcoming trips can schedule practice runs with Logan customer service staff or through the agency’s partner, the advocacy group Charles River Center http://charlesrivercenter.org/.
The Massport program has quickly become a national model: Six other airports have already followed suit, and as many as 13 others are considering similar efforts. Massport launched the initiative after hearing of the experience of Susie Littlejohn and her son, Henry, who is autistic. In 2010, the Littlejohns were forced to call off a trip to Disney World after a glass elevator at Logan caused Henry to melt down. At this spring’s event, Henry, now 9, walked right on the plane and sat down. Says Susie Littlejohn, “The chance to practice has made all the difference.”
Wings for Autism
To launch this unique program Massport teamed up with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), JetBlue and the Charles River Center (an autism support center).
A Different Kind of Dress Rehearsal With this unique concept in mind, Massport hosted a “dress rehearsal” open house day to give these families the opportunity to experience travel through Boston Logan before their actual trip.
Since 2011, Boston Logan held four Wings for Autism events and more than 1000 people attended. Families were able to familiarize themselves with the airport and travel procedures and kids had a chance to practice entering the airport, getting boarding passes at the ticket counter, checking bags, being screened at the TSA security checkpoint, and boarding the aircraft.
Increasing Awareness Not only is this a benefit to the families who participate, but it also provides a valuable training opportunity for airport, airline and TSA personnel to learn how to accommodate children with special needs and increase awareness within the airport community so that children with autism – and their families – can have a positive travel experience.
For additional information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
How To Get Involved If your family is interested in participating in the next Wings for Autism event at Boston Logan, please contact the Charles River Center.*
*Note: You do not have to be affiliated with the Charles River Center to participate and there is no cost for this program.
Abilities Expo—The Nation’s Leading Expo for People with Disabilities—to feature Push Girl’s Star Auti Angel, Paralympian Jennifer French along with an Extensive Line Up of New Products, Services and Technology at The BCEC, September 20-22
Boston, MA ~ Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo Boston on September 20-22, 2013 at The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (Hall C). Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.
Abilities Expo, Boston, is the newest in a series of Abilities Expos that take place around the country and have been doing so since 1979. Abilities Expo Boston features an impressive line-up of exhibits, celebrities, workshops, events and activities to appeal to people of all ages with the full spectrum of disabilities—including physical, learning, developmental and sensory disabilities.
“It’s not just that we provide a forum that showcases essential technology to bridge the gap between ability and disability,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “The Expo is always new and exciting with a host of all-inclusive, adaptive activities.”
ASL interpreters, complimentary loaner scooters, wheelchair repair and a power chair charging station will also be available during show hours.
“The Expo provides the community of people with disabilities access to life-enhancing products, education, resources and fun,” said Korse. “We can’t wait help people explore the possibilities and open their eyes to all the things they can do.”
Online pre-registration is now closed. FREE registration will be onsite at Abilities Expo this Friday through Sunday.
Thank you very much for your interest in the Boston Abilities Expo on September 20-22, 2013. Our event team is already onsite at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C preparing to make this the best Abilities Expo yet.
Please come directly to the show this Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday where you can register for free and come right on in.
It’s going to be a great event! We look forward to meeting you in person!
If you have any questions, please call David Korse at (310) 405-1317.
Free Food Allergy Awareness Day at the Franklin Park Zoo hosted by Boston Children’s Hospital
Enjoy a Free Day at the Franklin Park Zoo Hosted by the Food Allergy Comprehensive Evaluation, Treatment and Support (FACETS) Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. All costs of the event are covered for ANY family living with food allergies. Faculty from Children’s Hospital will be speaking throughout the day on various topics (See below for schedule of talks).
Have any questions about food allergies ? Come to our Ask The Expert table where our allergists, nurses, dietitians, social worker, and psychologist can answer your questions.
Learn about food allergy related products and receive free samples at the vendor area.
All families who are registered will have their admission covered, as well as access to free train rides, face painting, and other activities!
DATE: Saturday September 28, 2013 (Rain Date Sunday September 29th)
LOCATION: Franklin Park Zoo 1 Franklin Park Rd Boston, MA 02121
ZOO HOURS: 10 am – 6 pm
For updates to the event, and check for rain date status visit Boston Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Program Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/
Schedule of Offered Talks
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM Lisa Bartnikas MD Topic: What You Need to Know About Food Allergies
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Tara McCarthy MS, RD, LDN Topic: Nutrition & Food Allergies
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Elizabeth Hait MD, MPH Topic: Updates on Eosinophilic Esophagitis
12:45 PM – 1:30PM LUNCH BREAK
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Dale Umetsu MD, PhD Topic: What’s New in Food Allergy Research
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Jenny LeBovidge PhD Topic: Coping with Food Allergies: Involving and Empowering Children
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM John Lee MD Topic: Myths & Interesting Facts about Food Allergy and Wrap Up
Planning A Life – Thursday & Friday August 8 & 9, 2013
Making the Most Out of High School
A Transition conference for families of Boston Public School students in Special Education
If you have a child in special education age 14 to 21, this transition conference is an important opportunity for you.
This FREE Transition conference is scheduled
for BOSTON families only
Thursday & Friday August 8 & 9, 2013
from 8:30am – 3:30pm
the KROC Center
650 Dudley Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
Come and Learn About:
• Creating a VISION
• Portfolio Development
• Transition Requirements of IDEA 2004
• Importance of TRANSITION ASSESSMENTS
• Transition Planning Form to Transition goals into the IEP
• Post Secondary Ed, Job Development, Community
Travel Training – Tuesday & Wednesday August 27 & 28, 2013
Presented by Easter Seals
If you have a child in special education age 14 to 21, this travel training conference is an important opportunity for you.
This Travel Training conference is scheduled
for BOSTON families only
Tuesday & Wednesday August 27 & 28, 2013
from 8:30am – 4:30pm
• Learn about the importance of independent travel for young adults with disabilities for traveling to college, post-secondary education or work.
• Hear from other families about the impact that learning to use public transportation has had on their child’s life;
• Share thoughts, perceptions, and concerns about your child using public transportation and identify strategies and solutions to address these concerns.
Please register with the Office of Special Education and Student Services at 617-635-8599