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Open Registration Period: Autism Wavier

The Autism Division of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) runs a Autism Waiver Program that provides one-to-one interventions for children. Space each year is limited, and families must apply in order to be considered for this program. Open registration runs from October 17th, 2017 to October 31st, 2017.

Upcoming Conferences

Joining Voices (Massachusetts Family Voices): 11/2/17
Joining Voices 2017Register today for our Joining Voices conference, presented by Massachusetts Family Voices. It is a valuable time for families of children with special health care needs join with professionals from the community and learn strategies to address their shared challenges. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN.
Making A Difference (RTSC): 11/14/17
RTSC Conference Image 2017The Recruitment, Training and Support Center for Special Education Surrogate Parents hosts their annual “Making a Difference” conference, with workshops tailored to Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs), Foster/Adoptive and Kinship Caregivers, Educators, and Child Welfare Providers. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN.
Planning A Life (The LINK Center): 11/30/17 – 12/1/17
Planning A Life v2017Planning A Life is a two-day conference that connects families and professionals with resources, information, and services to support successful, collaborative Transition processes for youth age 14-22. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN.

Visions of Community: 3/10/18
VOC 2018Mark your calendar for Visions of Community! The menu of 90-minute workshop offerings will include diagnosis-specific roundtables, small-group leadership trainings, specialist panels, and more, in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, and Haitian-Creole. REGISTRATION OPENS IN JANUARY 2018


New Online

Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll
Walk participants by the lakeOur 2017 walk was held on a beautiful fall afternoon at the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children. We are grateful to all who participated, and the funds raised will help us reach and support more families of children with special needs. Read the recap on our website and browse the pictures in our Facebook album!
Emergency Preparedness Webinar
Mass Family Voices WebinarSue Wolf-Fordham, Director of the Emergency Preparedness Initiative at the E.K. Shriver Center, joins our Executive Director Rich Robison to discuss emergency preparedness for families of children with special needs.
RTSC Presents “Basic Rights in Special Education”
RTSC WebinarElizabeth Topaz, the the Senior Trainer for our Parent Training and Information Center, presents an outline basic special education rights and procedures, including referral, eligibility for special education and tips on developing the IEP.View the webinar in full on YouTube.