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Planning a Life: October 25 & 26, 2018
Location: Brockton Area Arc
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
1250 West Chestnut St. | Brockton, MA | 02301

Offered three times each year at locations across the state, Planning A Life (PAL) is a two-day Transition planning conference featuring information and resources for families, educators, and professionals.
Topics include:

  • Creating a Vision for life beyond High School
  • Transition Laws
  • Transition assessments
  • The MA Transition Planning Form and IEP goals
  • Post-Secondary Education and Career preparation
  • Community connections
  • Family involvement

The registration price is $125 per individual or $175 per family/professional. Scholarships are available – please contact us for more information.

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Joining Voices: November 13, 2018
Location: Edwards House Meetings & Retreat Center
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm
1 Badger Rd | Framingham, MA | 01702

SAVE THE DATE! “Joining Voices” is a conference for families of children and youth with special health care needs (CSHCN) and the professionals who support them. Workshop offerings focus on improving advocacy for children and fostering informed decision-making around health care supports. Ultimately, participants are empowered to become better partners.

Registration opens in September 2017

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RTSC’s Making a Difference Conference: November 27, 2018

Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
181 Boston Post Rd W | Marlborough, MA | 01752

Making a Difference is the Recruitment, Training and Support Center (RTSC) for Special Education Surrogate Parents’ (SESPs) annual statewide conference, presenting a range of topics related to the education and support of students. This conference provides a unique opportunity for attendees to learn and network with each other, child welfare professionals, and RTSC staff.

Topics include:

  • Behavioral challenges
  • Trauma-focused care
  • Updates in the world of special education

Click here for photos from the 2017 conference

Visions of Community Conference: March 9, 2019
Location: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
Workshops on: special education, special health care needs, early childhood, transition planning, and more!

  • Sessions in English, Español, Português, 中文 (Chinese), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole), and عربى (Arabic)
  • Exhibition hall with vendors and service providers from across Massachusetts
  • Networking opportunities with other families and professionals
  • Special programming for youth ages 14-22
  • View photos from 2018

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Celebrating Every Child Gala
Location: Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston

  • Silent auction with an assortment of goods and services
  • Volunteer opportunities available
  • Advertising space in our Program Book
  • Photos and video from 2018