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Special Education & COVID-19: MAC Chat Series

Special Education & COVID-19: MAC Chat Series
Next Chat: Thursday Dec. 3 from 8 – 8:45 PM

Please note: There will be no chat on Thanksgiving, November 27

December 3 Chat:
Q&A with MAC attorneys: Come Ask Questions and Discuss Concerns about Special Education During COVID-19 

with MAC Attorneys Julia Landau and Liza Hirsch

As part of our COSA response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MAC is leading biweekly virtual chats for parents to connect with each other and learn tips for advocating for your children during this pandemic.

For our next chat, MAC Attorneys Julia Landau and Liza Hirsch will provide brief updates with the latest information about special education during the pandemic, leaving most of the time for you to raise your questions and concerns about remote learning, in-person services, evaluations, IEP meetings, compensatory services, and other issues. This is a chance to ask questions and learn from each other.

This chat will be helpful for parents of children with all types of disabilities, including autism.

Please bring your questions. We want to hear from you!

Advance registration is required:

Please note: Our chats are limited to 100 attendees and are first come, first served. If you are unable to access the chat, visit our Facebook page for a live stream.
Interested in our Spanish Charlas Semanales? Click here for upcoming and past charlas. Join us every other Wednesday at 8 PM.

Parents Supporting Parents (PSP) All are Welcome




Free to All Caregivers.

*** Confidentiality Agreement*** In order to create a safe space for all we ask that by participating in a group you are acknowledging to also keep all information including names, schools, etc. confidential. 



Navigating Special Education As We Return to School

Join us via Zoom on Thursday, September 17th at 1 pm for a presentation and training on navigating special education as we prepare for return to school, led by Marisol Garcia of Health Law Advocates.
Join us for a special training and presentation, led by Marisol Garcia, Director/Managing Attorney for the MHAP for Kids Program at Health Law Advocates.

This training will cover special education related issues regarding COVID-19, how to navigate the various types of school reopening plans, and how to prepare for re-entry to school. The training articulates the current Department of Education and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidance to school districts, as well as how to advocate for special education services during these changing times.

The webinar is suitable for families, providers, advocates, and schools and will last one hour, including a Q&A period at the end.

Information on joining via Zoom will be sent out closer to the event date. We have a limited capacity! We will also be streaming live on Facebook for those unable to join us via Zoom.

Sign Up Here!



Webinars: Mixing Therapy Strategies with Fun Summer Activities


Kitchen Conversation, Summer Style: How to mix OT into summer fun

July 16th

Carrie Alvarado, Ph.D., OTR, Chief Operating Officer, Autism Community Network (San Antonio, TX)

Carrie Alvarado is the creator and director of the Earliest Connections Clinic and the DIRFloortime/PACT (Pediatric Autism Communication Therapy) Hands-on Family Empowerment program at Autism Community Network (ACN), a non-profit focused on provision of both interdisciplinary diagnosis and innovative intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorder.



Kitchen Conversation, Summer Style: Supporting mental health during summer fun

July 23rd

Marcela Mota Aversa, clinician, Preschool Outreach Program, The Home for Little Wanderers (Boston, MA)

Marcela Mota Aversa is a Clinician & Early Education Mental Health Consultant at The Home For Little Wanderers and a Gallery Educator at the Museum of Fine Arts.



Kitchen Conversation, Summer Style: How to mix speech therapy into summer fun

July 30th

Cindy Harrison, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, Speech Language Pathologist (Ottawa, CA)

Cindy Harrison is a speech language pathologist practicing in Ottawa, Canada. Cindy’s area of clinical focus is the assessment and intervention for children/youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. Cindy is also senior faculty with Profectum, a not for profit training institute that specializes in training clinicians in DIR/Floortime.


Parent Professional Advocacy League Virtual Support Groups

Virtual support groups for families

Special Education Family Support Drop-In via phone

Monday – 9-11am

Get help, support and resources

Phone Number:  1(574) 807-6224 PIN: 481 219 769#


Parent/Caregiver Support Group Social via zoom

2nd and 4th Thursday – 6-8pm…eUp3Q1ZtUkZscWEwaHd5QT09

Meeting ID: 987 9897 8222

Password: 708467 / +1 646-558-8656


Fun Friday Family Support Drop-in via phone

Friday – 9-11am

Drop in on Friday to get parent-peer support & ideas for a fun weekend

Phone Number:  1(574) 807-6224 PIN: 481 219 769#


Friday Family Support Group for Lynn Families via zoom

Friday – 6:30pm

Meeting ID: 781 8946 0790

Password: FFSG2020

Every week on Fri, until Jun 5, 2020, 7 occurrence(s). For more information join group here or email Dalene at

Virtual support groups in Spanish
Hispanic Family Support Group Social

1st and 3rd Tuesday- 10am-12pm

Meeting ID: 618 071 1929 / Password: 246553 /+16465588656

Questions? Email Irelsa and Joel at

Support groups for parents of transitioning youth and young adults
1st and 3rd Wednesday -6-8pm

Parents of Transition Age Youth (P-TAY) Support Group Social

Meeting ID: 999 7647 8858 / +1 646-558-8656 (no password needed)

Questions? Email Kathy and Ann at

Juvenile justice support group
1st and 3rd Thursday -7:00-8:45pm

Juvenile Justice Family Support

Get help, support and resources

Meeting ID: 911 9862 5343 Password: 603505

Questions? Email Dawn at

Youth MOVE (Virtual) Speaker’s Bureau
Tuesday and Friday – Facebook Virtual Messages

Thursday’s @12:30pm Facebook Live

Speaker’s Bureau Virtual Weekly Connection

Youth MOVE Massachusetts in collaboration with Zia Access Center

To get the link contact Chandra at


Everyday ABA for Parents

Parent Training: Everyday ABA

Everyday ABA: Practical Strategies for You and Your Child

ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis, is considered by many to be the gold standard intervention for teaching individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through its data driven, evidence-based methodology, ABA has been shown to encourage positive behavior change, skill development, and greater independence for a wide variety of learners. ABA is a science and each child’s program should be designed around their unique learning profile. While ABA may be accessed as an intervention by trained professionals through a child’s individualized education plan (IEP), or through your family’s insurance plan, the foundations of this therapeutic approach can be used by YOU, right at home.

In partnership with New England ABA, the Autism Program at BMC developed a free 6-part parent training series, focused on helping parents and caregivers learn about behavior, how to change behavior, and ways to promote skills in their children. Click below to access these training videos and supplemental materials.

Accessibility and Language Settings

To utilize Closed Captioning, press CC Youtube CC in the lower right hand corner of the video.

To change the Closed Captioning language, select the settings symbol Settings, and press Subtitles/CC → Auto-translate → [Your Language].

Everyday ABA Session 1: What is ABA anyway?

In this session, Tim Sullivan (M.Ed., BCBA, LABA; Executive Director, NE ABA) will describe the background on Applied Behavior Analysis and how it can be used to support behavior management, promote communication, facilitate play and independence skills, and help you connect with your child.

Class Documents

Everyday ABA Session 2: Promoting Lasting Behavior Change

Everyday ABA Session 3: Teaching Communication

Everyday ABA Session 4: Creating a Reinforcement System

Everyday ABA Session 5: Building Home Routines

Everyday ABA Session 6: Community-based Strategies

Additional Resources

About the Class


Free Disability Support Network Sessions


This Thursday, April 23, 2020 at noon, please join our free Disability Support Network session via Zoom.

Over the last four weeks, 1,000 people have participated in these sessions to:

  • Learn how people are coping with stay at home orders and get some tips.
  • Hear the best practices for supporting people with disabilities.
  • Talk with families, advocates, professionals, people with disabilities and direct support professionals from other states and countries.

Participant feedback: “The session helped me connect to others who are passionate about supporting people with disabilities in their communities. It was a great platform to learn, share ideas, and problem solve with leaders from other states who understand the complexities of living life with a disability during these unprecedented times. The breakout rooms were most helpful.”

Here are the upcoming sessions:

Supporting People with Disabilities

Next Meeting: Thursday, 4/23/2020 – 12 noon ET, (11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT)

Join Zoom at:

Or call in: +1 301 715 8592 US; +1 647 374 4685 Canada

Meeting ID: 275 782 517

Learn How to Facilitate Meetings and use Zoom Breakout Rooms

Thursday, 4/23/2020 – 4 p.m. EDT (3pm CT, 2pm MT, 1pm PT)

Join Zoom at:

Or call in: +1 301 715 8592 US; +1 647 374 4685 Canada

Meeting ID: 167-453-573


You can preregister and receive a meeting reminder.

Join the mailing list to get notices of future sessions:


The Disability Support Network is a volunteer effort to:

  1. Support each other and share best practices to support people with disabilities. We meet every Thursday at 12 noon EDT.
  2. Zoom Tech Support. Teach participants how to use Zoom to better support people with disabilities, families, professionals, advocates, and direct support professionals. We will share the best practices for using Zoom to moderate and facilitate meetings, setting up free accounts, using Smartphones, break out rooms and answering tech questions. We will cover how to address the recent security issues in Zoom. We meet every Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT.

Hope to ‘see’ you online.

Mark Friedman and David Wetherow

Disability Support Network