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Mental Health Awareness



May is Mental Health Month

Information and Events


The SpedChildMass Newsletter -- which always compiles an excellent list of related events -- can be found at http://www.spedchildmass.com.


Parenting.com has also come up with some thoughtful ways to show appreciation for Mother’s Day without having to spend any money. This month’s newsletter -- found at http://specialchildren.about.com/od/needinspiration/tp/Love-Notes-For-Special-Parents-Calendar-2013.htm?nl=1 -- features a Special-Needs Mother’s Day Wish List, Mother’s Day Coupons, and Love Notes for Special Parents. For all of you special caregivers who should be on the receiving end of these messages, but are the ones who take care of everything, please consider printing out one of the inspirational notes and placing it somewhere so that you can be reminded how truly special you are to your


Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium Conference: May 8th & 9th, 2013, Marlborough, MA. This conference is for service providers and caregivers of children birth to three with developmental delays, or at risk for developmental delays, and their families. Practitioners, researchers, physicians, higher education faculty, families and policy makers learn and network together. The Keynote Presenter is Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of Taking Back Childhood. Workshops will cover Behavior, i-Pad applications and APPs, Sensory Techniques, Adoption, Special-needs Financial Planning, Using Social Media, Food and Eating Challenges, Trauma, Music Therapy, and more. To register visit the PERCS website


Special Education Transition Fair - Springfield Public Schools: May 8th, 2013, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy, 1300 State Street Springfield. The conference is geared for special-education students who are graduating or turning 22. Meet Representatives From Disability Service Agencies:

· Mass. Rehabilitation Commission
· Dept of Developmental Disabilities
· Mass. Commission for the Blind
· Adult Service Vendors
· FutureWorks
· Regional Employment Board
For more information contact: Maureen Ferriter at 413-787-7057 or cell phone 413-348-7336 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Wendy Andino at 413-787-7220 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Planning for Life after Special Education in Massachusetts: May 9th, 2013, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Riverside Community Care Training Center, Dedham. Pamela Coveney, Senior Attorney and Co-Team Leader of the Disability Law Center (DLC) Education Team, will"Planning for Life after Special Education in Massachusetts", how to develop comprehensive postsecondary vision statements, IEPs and transition plans, developing appropriate transition services for students, knowing various diploma options, best practices for family involvement and more. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 617-605-7404. Part of the Full Life Ahead Series, hosted by Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change in partnership with Riverside Community Care. 


Special Needs "Life After High School": May 15, 2013,  7:00 p.m., Gates School Library, Scituate. A program for parents of high school students with special needs who are interested in attending college, prep school, or pursuing a PG year. The program will cover educational options, the Transition Process and tips for parents to help their child adjust to their new learning environment. Panel speakers are Dr.Joan Struzziero, Psychologist; Steve Howley, Psychologist; Jane McGovern, parent; Linda Palange, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission; and Sharon Mohr, Guidance Counselor. For more information visit www.scituatespedpac.org.


Summer Job Workshop for Teens & Young Adults with Disabilities: May 11th, 2013, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Boston. Free, and open to anyone with a disability between the ages of 14 and 24. Transitioning to adulthood can be a difficult time for everyone, and it can be especially difficult for youth with disabilities. This Partners of Youth with Disabilities and Mass Rehabilitation Commission workshop will provide participants with tips and information on finding job listings, creating and refining a resume, and navigating job interviews. If you are interested in attending either event, please email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit to sign up. http://www.pyd.org/blog/transition-events-workshops-summer-job-self-advocacy/


"Transition Talks" Parent Groups: May 30th, 2013, Hills Family Support Center, Sturbridge, 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Transition Specialist Robin Foley will discuss helping to empower parents with their child’s special needs journey and transition for ages 14-22.  Topics include student visions, exploring post-secondary educational opportunities, etc. Open to the public, For more information call the Seven Hills Family Services South Valley Family Support Center at  508-796-1954.