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Visions of Community 2013 Recap

The Visions of Community 2013 conference featured nearly 50 workshops in multiple languages, on a range of topics including the IEP process, advocacy, transition, & recreation, and showcasing more than 75 exhibitors. This is also a great time to network with other families and pick up free resources.

Did you miss Visions of Community 2013? View video of our keynote speakers and download handouts from many of the workshops.

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Watch videos from our Keynote Speakers as well as special guests on our YouTube channel



Prof. Thomas Hehir, Ed.D.Professor Thomas Hehir, Ed.D.
Harvard Graduate School of Education

A leading scholar and advocate for children with disabilities, and author of Effective Inclusive Schools: Designing Successful Schoolwide Programs. Prof. Hehir served as Director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs under President Clinton from 1993-1999.

Brian Heffernan, self-advocateBrian Heffernan, Student, Self-Advocate
Brian is a young adult and self-advocate with Down syndrome who attends MassBay Community College. In addition to taking college level classes with his peers, Brian has successfully advocated in front of the Massachusetts legislature to pass a bill to improve transition services for young adults with disabilities. Brian has also presented at Harvard University on such topics as transitioning from school to work, and community inclusion.


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Download Workshop handouts