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08/3/21

ACT Boston 10 min Survey

ACT Boston, a coalition of nearly two dozen non-profit organizations who seek to make education a priority during the upcoming mayoral election in Boston.

As part of our work, ACT Boston has a prepared a short, 10-minute survey to collect important information about how families feel about the state of education in Boston right now.

The responses to this survey will be used to inform questions for Boston’s mayoral candidates at a virtual candidate forum focused on education later this month. ACT Boston wants to know what education issues the community cares about and learn how each mayoral candidate plans to address these issues. ACT Boston will not endorse candidates — our only goal is to raise the issues of equity and education.

Please feel free to forward this survey onto your networks. The more respondents we can get the better! In August, ACT Boston will share results of this survey to anyone interested.

Take the Survey Now (English)
This survey is also available in the following languages:
Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Somali, and Arabic

Please feel free to share the survey with your networks. The more respondents we can get the better!

07/28/21

Boston Center for Independent Living Youth Team: Transition Tips for Students with Disabilities

Join the Boston Center for Independent Living’s Youth Team on Zoom August 4th and 5th for a workshop on Transition Tips for Students with Disabilities! To register, receive zoom link or request accommodations, please contact Mary-Kate Wells at mkwells@bostoncil.org.

  • August 4th at 6pm (Spanish) 
  • August 5th at 6pm (English with Chinese interpretation) 

Learn valuable tips for a successful transition out of high school for your student! We will be discussing topics such as pre-employment skills, independent living skills, adult services, housing, and more! Resources will be especially useful to parents and guardians of high schoolers and young adults with disabilities.

¡Reunirse con nuestro personal para jóvenes del Centro de Vivienda Independiente de Boston en el 4 y 5 de agosto para un taller de Consejos para Transición por Jóvenes con Discapacidades! Para registrarse o pedir alojamientos, por favor conectarse con Mary-Kate Wells a mkwells@bostoncil.org o con Cecilia Nuñez para español a cnunez@bostoncil.org

  • 4 de agosto a 6pm (Español) 
  • 5 de agosto a 6pm (Inglés con interpretación en chino)

Aprenda consejos útiles para una transición exitosa de escuela secundaria para su estudiante. Vamos a hablar sobre temas cómo preparación para el trabajo, habilidades de vivienda independiente, servicios para adultos, casamiento, ¡y más! Recursos van a ser útiles especialmente a padres y tutores de jóvenes y estudiantes de secundaria con discapacidades.

Mary-Kate Wells

Pre-Employment Transition Services Coordinator

Boston Center for Independent Living

60 Temple Place, 5th Floor

Boston, MA 02111-1324

617-992-5413 (mobile)

mkwells@bostoncil.org

07/20/21

Child Tax Credit (Non tax filers may sign up also)

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever – and as of July 15th, most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action. The Child Tax Credit will help all families succeed.

The American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for children over the age of six and from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under the age of six, and raised the age limit from 16 to 17. All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called Head of Household).


Major tax relief for nearly
all working families:

$3,000 to $3,600 per child for nearly all working families

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides the largest child tax credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever.

  • $3,000 per child 6-17 years old
  • $3,600 per child under 6 years old
  • All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called Head of Household)

Automatic monthly payments for nearly all working families

If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will get this tax relief automatically. You do not need to sign up or take any action.

  • Advancing your tax relief: Normally, tax relief for the year only comes the following year when you file your taxes, no matter how much you need it now. This year, most families started getting the money in July.
  • Monthly payments starting in July: For the first time, people will receive the Child Tax Credit in monthly payments. For every child 6-17 years old, families will get $250 each month, and for every child under 6 years old, families will get $300 each month.
    • The 80% who get their refunds from the IRS through direct deposit will get these payments in their bank account on the 15th of every month until the end of 2021.
    • People who don’t use direct deposit will receive their payment by mail around the same time.

President Biden’s American Families Plan calls for extending this tax relief for years and years

The new Child Tax Credit enacted in the American Rescue Plan is only for 2021. That is why President Biden strongly believes that we should extend the new Child Tax Credit for years and years to come. That’s what he proposes in his American Families Plan.

Easy sign up for low-income families to reduce child poverty

If you didn’t make enough to be required to file taxes in 2020 or 2019, you can still get benefits.

Low-income families with children are eligible for this crucial tax relief – including those who have not made enough money to be required to file taxes.

07/13/21

IHCD International Inclusive
IHCD LogoDesign Webcast Series
in Memory of Eliza Forrest
Kaye Bromfield
Disability in Hollywood, a conversation with producer
and lead cast members of
award-winning musical
“Best Summer Ever”
Join us on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
Film Synopsis: “Best Summer Ever” is a musical film directed by Michael Parks Randa & Lauren Smitelli. The musical starts off with a sweet summer camp love story that unexpectedly intertwines with high school drama, an illegal secret, and a quintessential teen identity crisis.
The romantic leads of the film in the forefront against trees and mountains in the middle of a duet.
The appeal of this film is found in its intention to challenge the predictable, limiting representations of disability on-screen by entirely excluding the topic of disability from the plot. As the majority of the cast and crew have a mental or physical disability, it was important for the creators of the film to showcase an authentic representation of disability.
As Calum Marsh, critic for the New York Times, recalls “The effect of this inclusiveness is a feeling of amazing warmth and camaraderie, at its most compelling during the film’s many original musical numbers, which are staged and shot with verve. The cast has wonderful screen presence — particularly DeVido, whose turn as the lovelorn heroine is magnetic. Representation matters. And in “Best Summer Ever,” it makes the movie come alive.”
As noted in the director statement, this film is “part of a movement to highlight the talents of disabled actors and crew members who deserve a chance to work in the industry. Filmmaking is a crucial medium for raising awareness and promoting cultural enlightenment, and we hope a film like ours can be a stepping stone to continue these important conversations.”
We will be discussing this and more on July 22. If you would like to join the webcast live via Zoom, please RSVP by clicking the green button below to register and receive Zoom details.
07/7/21

Pickney Time Storytime

Join Via Zoom@ 4 PM

 

Authentic Caribbean Foundation (Boston, MA) and Caribbean Community in Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) has designed and developed an age appropriate, culturally sensitive after school program.

Below is our first lesson plan:

Pickney Time Story Time Caribbean Children’s Afterschool Program

Session 2: Program 1 – July 7, 2021 Co-Hosted by Andrew Sharpe & Miranda Alexander

Theme: “Summertime – Balloons, Bubbles & Balls”

Dis-ability Inclusion: Intellectual (Dyslexia)

 

Please log into the following zoom link below to attend: –

ZOOM LOGIN

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6083349367

Meeting ID: 608 334 9367

Dial in 1 646 558 8656

 

This one-hour program is designed with you in mind. Pickney Time, Story Time will be exploring Caribbean folklore and diverse Caribbean culture using engaging activities.  This program was made possible by a support grant from the Mass Humanities.

Looking forward to you joining us Children, Parents and Caregivers for a fun-filled event.

 

Register to Attend

07/1/21

Apply for Return, Recover & Reimagine Student Commission: Applications Close 7/12/21

Apply Here

 

This application portal will close on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 9:30am and members will be confirmed by Tuesday July 13, 2021 at 5:00pm We encourage all students regardless of their academic standing to apply. If you have any questions or issues with submitting your application , please email Charles Paige III at cpaige@bostonpublicschools.org.

07/1/21

2021 Federal Relief Funding ESSER Commission Meetings

Thursday, May 13, 5:00 pm | Recording & Slides

Translated Slide Deck: Español | العربية | Cabo-Verdiano | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | Português | Soomaali | Tiếng Việt

Thursday, May 27, 5:00 pm | Recording & Slides

Thursday, June 10, 5:00 pm | Recording

Thursday, June 24, 5:00 pm | Recording & Slides

Thursday, July 1, 5:00 pm | Register

Thursday, July 8, 5:00 pm | Register

Public Comment Sign Up:

Each speaker will have three (3) minutes to testify, however, if 20 or more speakers sign up to testify, time will be reduced to two (2) minutes per person. Those who require interpretation services will be allotted an additional two (2) minutes. Written testimony is encouraged and can be sent to Eva Mitchell for distribution to the Committee. Speakers may not reassign their time to others. Speakers must begin their remarks by stating their name, affiliation, and neighborhood of residence. Sign-up for public comment will close at 4:30 pm on the day of the meeting.

 

07/1/21

“Morningstar Access” Boston Children’s Museum

Boston, July 16th, 2021.

Program offers children with special and medical needs the opportunity to enjoy the Boston Children’s Museum in an uncrowded environment, with few other visitors and less concern about infections and large crowds.

COVID-19 Protocols: To accommodate different needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are now two different versions of Morningstar.
* Please select the one that works best for your family.

1. All Masks On! All staff and visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear masks.
This session happens when the Museum is freshly cleaned with no visitors prior to the scheduled time.
No mask exceptions will be considered.

Families with any needs are welcome as long as they can follow this strict mask rule, which is in place to create a medically safer environment.
Dates/times

Tuesday June 29, 2021, 9-11am
Monday August 9, 2021, 10am-12pm
2. Mask Exceptions Considered: All staff and visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear masks. However, mask exceptions will be considered in advance at registration for children who have sensory needs or other types of needs that prevent them from keeping their masks on.
Dates/times

Tuesday June 29, 2021, 1-3pm
Friday July 16, 2021, 5:30-7:30pm
Monday August 9, 2021, 1-3pm
Morningstar Access Admission: A link to pay online will be sent a week prior to your visit.
Half price general admission ($9.00 per person)
Free for Museum members
Other discounts may apply (such as the EBT/WIC discount)
Pre-registration is required to https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/morningstar-program-registration-form or contact lwamoto@BostonChildrensMuseum.org or call 617-986-3697.

07/1/21

Adaptive Sailing for Youth & Young Adults with Visual or Mobility Impairments

Boston, MA, July 7th, 2021. Free.
 
Adaptive Sports New England and Community Boating invite youth and young adults with a visual impairment and / or mobility impairment for afternoon sailing.
 
* No experience is necessary and each participant can bring a sibling or friend.
 
Registration is required to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ei2i4ogj51d9c923&oseq=&c=&ch= or contact joe.walsh@adaptivesportsne.org

07/1/21

Acting & Improv for Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities

Boston, July 7th – August 4th, 2021. Free. Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) Access to Theater after school program is Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities, ages 13-24.
 
* Here’s your chance to express yourself, be creative as we explore themes to create scenes.
All levels of experience accepted.
 
Sign up to Elizabeth Gray, Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), AAOM Ambassador, (617) 556-4075, x136 or egray@pyd.org or visit www.pyd.org/programs/

07/1/21

Boundaries & Relationships for Teens & Young Adults with Special Needs

On Line, July 6th – August 21st, 2021, with Whole Children of Hadley, MA.
 
For ages 16+ with special needs.
Want to make a friend? Get a date? This class lays the groundwork for a life full of meaningful, healthy and safe relationships.
 
* Boundaries and Relationships is learning community that can last many consecutive sessions as students move through the Whole Selves’ relationships curriculum.
* Learn, make friends, and get support as you grow into adulthood.
 
Fees apply, registration is required to www.wholechildren.org/class-schedule/ or contact maggie.rice@pathlightgroup.org or 413-585-8010.

07/1/21

Self-Advocacy Leadership Series with the Mass Developmental Disabilities Council

Summer Series 2: Application deadline: July 9, 2021

Free.
The MDDC Online Self-Advocacy Leadership Series (SALS) offered by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC), is an interactive online 2 days a week/ 8 class training series that is taught by others with disabilities.
 
* Designed for people with ID/DD between the ages 17 and up.
* Students will learn skills that will focus on the fundamentals of leadership.
* Students will develop skills that will assist them in pursuing individual goals towards integrated competitive employment and independence.
 
Objective: Students will learn and practice skills in communication, listening, teamwork, self-awareness, problem solving, and negotiation as it focuses on the fundamentals of leadership.
 

    Class Topics to be covered:

• Class 1: Who I Am
• Class 2: Communication
• Class 3: Feelings & Values
• Class 4: Self-Advocacy & I Want to Try
• Class 5: Teamwork
• Class 6: Disability Laws
• Class 7: Public Speaking & Rehearsal
• Class 8: Final Speech & Graduation
 
DATES:

Summer Series 2: Application deadline: July 9, 2021.
Option A: Monday and Wednesdays 10am – 11am
July 19, 21, 26, 28, and August 2, 4, 9, 11
Option B: Tuesday and Thursdays 10am – 11am
July 20, 22, 27, 29 and August 3, 5, 10
To obtain and fill out the Application Packet, contact Christine.Joyal@mass.gov and Lee.Larriu@mass.gov

07/1/21

Martin Richard Challenger “Summer Hoops” Basketball Program

WHEN: July 7, 2021 – August 11, 2021
COST: Free

 

Join the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, July 7th – August 11th, 2021. The Martin Richard Challenger “Summer Hoops” Basketball program is designed for youth ages 12+ with developmental and physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of basketball participation in a safe athletic environment structured to their abilities.
* Some of the Boys & Girls Club’s friends from the Boston Police Department will be stopping by each week.
* For athletes under 12, please email the contact below to inquire about upcoming programming dates.
* All surrounding communities and welcome to participate.

 

For more information visit or contact eferrara@bgcdorchester.org, Erin Ferrara, CTRS, Director of Inclusive Services (617) 288-7120.
06/30/21

Pickney Time Story Time After-school Program

Co-created by Authentic Caribbean Foundation Inc. and Caribbean Community in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pickney Time StoryTime is an immersive, Caribbean cultural after school program promoting inclusiveness and diverse learning cultural experiences with the Differently-abled population. Our cross-cultural partners: “CommUnity of the Deaf, Inc” is a collaborative cross-cultural partner in providing literacy activities.

 
“All Around This World” is a global music program engaging kids in rhythm, movement and music specific to our Caribbean Culture. Our second season will explore the interconnection of Caribbean culture and produce social conscious, compassionate, critical thinkers who learn the value of differences in children and adults with disabilities.

PTST follows the core age-appropriate curriculum for positive early childhood experiences through art of storytelling, games, literacy, music, art, folklore, and fostering positive cultural affirmations. All PTST programs are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate for effective learning and adaptable to implement in everyday diversity and inclusion interactions. Ages: Children 2-5yrs old

When: July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, September 1, 15 & 29, October 13 & 27, November 10 & 24 – December 8, 2021

Day/Time: Wednesday 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: LIVE Zoom Interaction/Facebook from Boston and Philadelphia

Participants: Children, Parents, Caregivers, Author, Librarians, and Community Leaders

06/29/21

Add Your Voice to Boston School Committee

Application Here

Applications may  be mailed or hand-delivered to the below address or emailed to: scnominatingpanel@boston.gov.

BOSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOMINATING PANEL

City Hall, Room 612
Boston, MA 02201
FAX 617-635-2950

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Thursday, July 8, 2021. No applications will be accepted after this time.

Interviews for selected candidates will be held on July 13 & 14, 2021 between 2:30 and 5:30 pm.

Applicants will be considered for the two current School Committee vacancies due to resignation. These terms are coterminous with the Acting Mayor.