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Youth Leadership Forum

Youth Leadership Forum

Partners for Youth with Disabilities is proud to host the 2019 Massachusetts Youth Leadership Forum! The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is an overnight conference for youth and young adults with disabilities held annually in Massachusetts and other states across the country. YLF participants build leadership skills and leave better prepared for future employment, higher education, and independent living. This year’s YLF will take place from June 25th-June 27th, 2019 at Bridgewater State University. Below are links to the 2019 YLF information and flyer as well as the 2019 YLF Application which can be completed online.


Please help us spread the word about this terrific opportunity to eligible youth with disabilities across the state! We want to be sure that all regions of Massachusetts are well represented at the Forum.  The YLF application deadline is April 15th, 2019. Please share this information with your networks, colleagues, families, students and youth who may be interested and eligible!


The YLF 2019 recommendation form can be found at this link:

Stand For Children – Fair Funding


Stand is focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability. Join us in standing up for families in your community.



ReGame VR Lab – Child Participants Needed!


The Rehabilitation Games and Virtual Reality (ReGame-VR) lab at Northeastern University is looking for 8-16 year old children with cerebral palsy to take part in a virtual reality study! The study explores how children learn a new balance task in virtual and real life environments. Children come to the lab for two sessions, 1-7 days apart. They practice a balance reaching task in either a virtual environment that is like a video game, a virtual environment that uses a 3D headset, or a physical environment.


We will measure your child’s performance on the task using a force plate. The study will help us to understand how to best use virtual environments for learning in rehabilitation for children with balance difficulties.


Your child will receive a $40 gift card for taking part in the study and your parking or local MBTA travel will be reimbursed.  Please visit, call the ReGame-VR lab at 617-373-6107 or email for more information!


Supporting Families Day & New Legislator Reception 

Why should you go?

 Yes! I will see you there.

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?




Gloria Ricardi Castillo

Director, Family Support Centers

We Are Family, Editor

6 Southside Road

Danvers, Massachusetts 01923


Contact us:

Aymee Lucifora, Program Director

Melissa O’Neill, Senior Program Coordinator 978-624-2380 or

Jessica Devine, Program Coordinator 978-624-2342 or