Events

Parent, Family Fun, and Community Events
April, North Reading, MA.  Spring Soccer Sign-Up - TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community based program that is designed to meet the needs of children and young adults that have physical and/or intellectual disabilities.  The program is geared towards player development rather than to competition, providing soccer training and recreation for children between the ages of four (4) and nineteen(19) years old. Our fifth season starts in April of 2017, with sessions scheduled for Saturdays at Ipswich River Park.  Specific dates are TBD, but expect we'll start around the first week of April and play thru the second week of June, excluding Memorial Day Weekend.  Sessions for players are from 4PM to 5PM, while volunteers arrive 30 minutes earlier to review the activities for the day. Player Registration is $25.00. Scholarships are available. Each child registered to participate will receive a uniform shirt, socks, and for each first-time participant, a new soccer ball. Shin pads are required, as well as soccer cleats or sneakers.  For safety reasons, no jewelry will be allowed with the exception of medic alert tags. Players must register and complete all necessary medical forms and waivers as required by NRYSA in order to participate. The nominal fee to participate in the program covers the cost of uniform shirt, socks, ball and certain special equipment. For more info on what it takes to become a TOPSoccer Buddy
  
On-going 2017-2018, Somerville, MA.  Adaptive Climbing Group-Massachusetts (ACG) is hosting a youth adaptive climbing clinic is for children ages 5 – 17. Youth are encouraged to come climb – accommodations and equipment will help climbers with any disability get on the climbing wall. ACG will provide a safe, fun and supportive environment for children with disabilities to discover and enjoy the sport of climbing. ACG volunteers will be on hand to help fit gear, guide new climbers and belay the ropes. ACG’s goal is to provide a safe, fun and supportive environment for children with disabilities to discover and enjoy the sport of climbing. ACG volunteers will be on hand to help fit gear, guide new climbers and belay the ropes. Fees apply for admission, gear, and climbing support.For more information contact 
A.C.G. Kids Climbing Massachusetts

April 28th & 29th, Boston, MA.  A conference for public and private school teachers who are looking to learn about new methods of teaching and connecting with students on the autism spectrum. Hear from industry experts Elise Sobel, Ph.D., Adam Goldberg, Stephen Shore, and Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D., with presentations and demonstrations by Boston Public Schools music educators. Topics covered include: Current research in Autism, Strategies for teaching music to individuals on the Autism Spectrum, How people with autism learn and perceive music, Working effectively with students on the autism spectrum and their families, Using iPads to make and create music with students on the Autism Spectrum

April 29th, Framingham, MA.  12:00 noon – 4 p.m. This is a private event exclusively for individuals with autism, their families, and others who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience. The Autism Alliance, a program of Advocates, is hosting their annual sensory-friendly Kite Day at Bose Mountain. Families will have the opportunity to enjoy a fun day outdoors together, with kite flying, train rides, police and fire trucks, service dogs, sensory activities, and more. Pizza, Italian Ice and and drinks will be available for a small cost. Rain date is April 30th. Please bring your own kite. If you don’t have one, the Autism Alliance will have a limited supply on hand. The cost of this event is $5 per carload. For more information visit 
http://www.advocates.org/events/kite-day-bose-mountain or contact (508) 652-9900 AutismAlliance@Advocates.org
 
April 29th, Watertown, MA.  Taking Care of Ourselves. New England Early Connections Conference is for professionals and parents of children with visual impairments to share, network and learn about the latest strategies and resources to develop the best education for their child from birth to age 7. Sessions Include: Parenting strategies, Sibling communication, Healthy adult relationships, Moving from IFSP to IEP. Keynote Speaker: Ed Bosso is the Superintendent at Perkins School for the Blind and oversees all of the educational services, including programs on the Perkins campus and in public schools. Ed lives on campus with his family, including a 2-year-old daughter who attends the Perkins Infant-Toddler Program. Ed has more than 30 years of experience in education as a teacher and leader. As a dad, Ed understands firsthand the challenges and rewards of parenting. Prior to Perkins, he served as vice president of Gallaudet’s National Deaf Education Center. He also served as the director of Delaware’s Statewide Programs for Deaf and Deaf Blind Students as well as principal of the Delaware School for the Deaf. Registration is required to http://
www.perkins.org/get-involved/events/early-connections or contact Info@Perkins.org  or call 617-924-3434.

April 30th,
Boston, MA.  Hike 4 Autism Family Event. Franklin Park in Boston, April 30th, 2017. Autism Sprinter’s  Hike 4 Autism at will provide families affected by autism with community resources, food and entertainment as well as a memorable outdoor experience. Autism Sprinter Inc., mission is to empower and enrich the lives of families with loved ones on the spectrum through improving community outreach, advocacy, resources and support. Hike4Life, mission is to provide a safe, educational and adventure-filled outdoor space for children, teens and adults. This collaboration brings families, friends, caregivers and providers within the community, together to help meet the needs of those living with autism. Registration required to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hike-4-autism-tickets-15547246232

 
May 5th, Newton, MA.  Open to interested participants across New England including adult siblings, parents, grandparents, and family members of children/teens as well as professionals, organizational staff who wish to facilitate a Sibshop in their local community, and social workers who work with families that have siblings as part of the family. Don Meyer, Director, Sibling Support Project, will cover how Sibshops reflect a belief that our communities need to acknowledge the difficulties faced by brothers and sisters of children with special needs, and provide opportunities to connect with each other. The primary goal of this workshop is to train new Sibshops facilitators and administrators as well as adult siblings, service providers, and parents. During the two days of the Sibshop training, these participants will learn about sibs’ lifelong concerns, find out how to organize a local Sibshop, and experience what a Sibshop is as they join Don and local young brothers and sisters for a four-hour demonstration sibshop. Trainees who would like to become a Sibshops facilitator must attend both days of the Sibshops training. Upon completion of the two-day training, they may (upon registration) start their own local Sibshop. The secondary goal of this workshop is to educate parents, service providers, and others about sibs’ ever-changing issues across the lifespan. This is an audience interested in sibling issues but not necessarily interested in how to run a Sibshop. This audience attends the first day of the two-day training. Some tuition scholarships are available, please inquire. Registration is required to 
http://bit.ly/JFCSSibshops2017

May 10th, Andover, MA.  Andover SEPAC monthly meeting, 7:00-9:00pm, St. Augustine Religious Education Center, 35 Essex St.  For more information visit Andover SEPAC 

May 19th & 20th, Andover, MA.  Clown Town is an old-fashioned carnival with rides, games, food, music, raffle items and much, much more. Friday, May 19th from 6-10pm and Saturday, May 20th from 10am to 8pm.  (Heavy Rain Date on Sunday May 21st from 12-6pm).  Andona is holding its 61st annual Clown Town FUNdraiser in the park at the corner of Chestnut and Bartlet Streets.  All proceeds raised by Andona go to Andover Public Schools and youth programs through our fund request process, summer campership program for children of Andover families in need, and scholarships for graduating seniors.

 
Clown Town 2017 needs student volunteers.  This is a great opportunity to participate in a community service activity and help ANDONA raise money for the youth of Andover.  Saturday, May 20th, student volunteers in Grade 6 and up are needed for shifts in Andona’s field booths.  Volunteer hours are in 2-hour shifts from 9am to 6pm.  Additionally, we are looking for high school students to help with field set up from 7:30 to 9:30am and field breakdown from 4 to 5pm.  Please visit 
Andona.org for more details or email andona.student.volunteers@gmail.com.  If you would like your organization to be featured, businesses may also have a booth on the field by sponsoring Andona.  Please email waysandmeans@andona.org for more information on becoming a sponsor.

  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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