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EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Greater Massachusetts Special-Needs Events
This website was inspired by a family’s never-ending quest for programs and services to help their Aspergers son. After years of searching for resources and programs, they developed a website that had all of the information in one spot.
This website lists upcoming events, programs, and opportunities for children and teens from many of the region’s special education organizations; you are able to narrow down the programs and events based on need. The website also provides links to financial and legal resources related to special needs.
ADAPTIVE SPORTS NEW ENGLAND
Adaptive Sports New Englang is a Massachusetts non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation in sports among New England youth and young adults who have visual or mobility impairments. Adaptive Sports NE is collaborating with many adaptive-specific and mainstream sports programs, adding value through our focus on raising awareness, increasing participation, and building capacity so that more youth and young adults with visual or mobility disabilities can access sports closer to home.
IVY STREET SCHOOL
Since 1993, the Ivy Street School has been helping teens and young adults gain the skills they need to successfully transition to adult life. They support students overcoming the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral health diagnoses, brain injury and other neurological conditions, and transition programming.
Their goal is to help students develop self-management and executive functioning skills so that they can lead full lives as adults. The clinical team adheres to the principals of Trauma Informed Care. Clinicians use modified versions of therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to deliver individual and group therapy. Clinicians are also trained in Social Thinking and have areas of interest and expertise such as Transition Planning, Relaxation Techniques and Mindfulness, and Psychological Testing.
NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED
National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable.
MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND
MAB Community Services has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities since 1903. Founded as the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, MAB is the oldest social service agency in the country providing services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Our vision rehabilitation services help people with low vision maximize their remaining sight and learn to use adaptive strategies for completing daily tasks. Our trained specialists can help make a home safer and recommend simple devices to make life with low vision easier.
PERKINS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
Perkins is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world. The Perkins mission is to prepare children and young adults who are blind with the education, confidence and skills they need to realize their potential.
Perkins School for the Blind, which serves approximately 200 students on campus, and operates as the headquarters for our Community Services programs including itinerant services, independence courses for public school students, evaluations and assessments for communities, and training for professionals.
Perkins International, which impacts the lives of thousands of children, families, educators and professionals every year in 67 countries. Perkins Solutions, which provides innovative assistive technology products and consulting services to people, organizations and governments around the world to empower people who are blind or visually impaired to reach their full potential.
Perkins Library, which circulates more than 530,000 items in braille, audio, electronic and large print formats to about 28,000 patrons in the U.S. The Library has served patrons since 1835 and is one of the oldest accessibility services in the country.