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02/11/20

March 5th 4:30 – 6:30 PM @ BTU_Inclusion Done Right Meeting

Dear educators and parents,

Last week we filled the School Committee chambers with members, parents and community allies to advocate for Inclusion Done Right.  BTU President Jessica Tang, educators and parents spoke passionately as to why we need MORE educators, not more licenses, and why we must keep up the fight for the services our students deserve.
This week at School Committee two more BTU educators testified on how Inclusion Done Right is a racial justice issue in solidarity with the huge turnout of people who came to speak in support of Black Lives Matter at schools.  And members have begun meeting with City Councillors to expand our outreach in the community. Please keep us posted when these meetings happen.

Now we need to strategize about how we keep building our momentum! Join us for our next Inclusion Done Right meeting on Thursday, March 5, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the BTU.  Please RSVP here now. 

 As the countdown to vacation begins, we wish you a great break and hope to see you on March 5th!

 
Thank you,

Ilene

02/6/20

Volunteers for Autism Research Community Advisory Board

The Crehan Lab at Tufts University is seeking volunteers for our autism research Community Advisory Board.

In particular, we are looking to fill the following roles in this board:

  • Autistic adults (any age)
  • Autistic teenagers (with parental consent, optional parental participation)
  • Parents, siblings, or family members of children/adults with ASD
  • Occupational therapists
  • Adolescent health educators
  • Medical practitioners (pediatricians, psychiatrists, or general medicine)

If any of these experiences describe you, please read on!

The Crehan Lab primarily focuses on studying social cognition and autism, with studies focusing on sexuality and sexual education as well as theory of mind and perceptual processes. Members of the community advisory board serve as representatives of their communities to inform our research process and priorities.

In order to participate in the Community Advisory Board, you would need to review research summaries we will send prior to the meeting (about 30 minutes) and attend the meeting. If you are unable to physically attend the meeting, you can observe via video (although it will not be possible to participate in the discussion via video this year).

During the meeting, we would like to hear your input on current proposed studies and ideas for future studies. We believe it is important to have a diverse group of individuals with knowledge of or experience with autism spectrum disorders as well as health, development, and sexuality. We feel as though you/a representative of your organization would make a great addition to this team.

This meeting will occur at Tufts Medford Campus on Thursday, February 27th starting at 6:30pm and run until around 8:00 pm. No prior experience with research is required to participate in this event. The Crehan Lab will provide dinner, childcare, and cover your transportation costs.

If you are interested in participating, please email CrehanLab@tufts.edu with the following information:

Your name, phone number, email address

If you are bringing any children who will need childcare and, if so, their names and ages

Food allergies

If we can cover public transportation or parking costs for you so we can facilitate that ahead of time.

If you have any questions please reach out to: CrehanLab@tufts.edu or call Dr. Crehan at (617) 627-3393. Be sure to leave your name and contact information (either email or phone number).

Thanks,

Crehan Lab

01/27/20

1/29/20: Inclusion Done Right @ School Committee

Dear Educators and Parents,

This Wednesday we go to School Committee to stand up for Inclusion Done Right.  Please meet at 5:30 on the first floor of the Bolling Building if you want pizza before the meeting.  Make sure to RSVP here to let us know you will be there.

We have bright red “Inclusion Done Right” T-shirts for everyone who is there to stand with us.

Parents and educators will be speaking up about the need to improve the teaching and learning conditions in our inclusion classrooms and schools now.

The public comment period is from 6:00 – 7:00pm.  We hope you will join us!

Thank you,
Ilene Carver
BTU Organizer