Upcoming Workshops, Conferences, and Events

Below is info on a variety of transition related events across Massachusetts

Legal and Financial Planning Workshop
Thursday October 24, 2013
NPS Education Center, 100 Walnut St Newton, MA
6:30-8:30pm
Room 304

Annette Hines, Esq., of the Special Needs Law Group of MA., PC and John Raycroft, a Special Needs Financial Planner with Baystate Financial Services will join us to discuss a range of legal and financial planning topics.

Workshop topics will include:
Government Benefit Eligibility
Guardianship Options
Financial Security and Funding Options
Special Needs Trusts



Making Healthy Connections
Making Healthy Connections (MHC) is a group mentoring program that empowers youth with disabilities (14 to 22 years old) to understand their health care needs, access community resources, and connect with peers. There are currently two MHC groups: one in Springfield and one in Boston. Each group meets twice monthly during the school year.
  • Website: www.pyd.org/making-healthy-connections.php
At program meetings, youth meet new friends and mentors who demonstrate how to lead active, healthy lifestyles. They also participate in skills trainings, interactive discussions, role-playing, guest speaker presentations, games, and adaptive recreational activities.

Parents of youth participants have the option of participating in MHC Parent Group meetings, which are held at the same time and location as Youth Group meetings. Parent Group meetings provide a chance for parents to connect with each other and learn more about disability-related issues and resources.


Access to Theatre
Access to Theatre is designed for teens and young adults both with and without disabilities between the ages of 13- 24. If you have or want more artistic skills and you enjoy exploring original creativity, Access to Theatre is the place to be!
Access to Theatre takes place on selected Sundays during the Fall of 2013 (10/6/13, 10/20/13, 10/27/13, 11/3/13, 11/17/13, 11/24/13, 12/8/13 and 12/15/13) and Winter/Spring 2014 (1/12/14, 1/19/14, 1/26/14, 2/2/14, 2/9/14, 2/23/14, 3/2/14, 3/9/14, 3/16/14, 3/23/14, 3/30/14, and 4/6/14)

Meeting Time: 4pm - 7pm (Dinner provided)

Location: Massachusetts Hospital School, 3 Randolph Street, Canton, MA 02021 (Campus Location: Morrison Hall)

How Much Does It Cost? This opportunity is provided at no cost to families.
Community Members: To enroll, contact Deep Chinappa at 617 556-4075, ext. 20 (voice) or 617 314ñ2989 (TTY) or via email at: dchinappa@pyd.org

If you have any questions about the Access to Theatre curriculum, please contact Donna Folan (Phone: 617-290-1947 or
617-426-4737; email: mystical@rcn.com) or Maureen Finnerty (Phone: 617-699-4653; email: fwheels8@aol.com)


The 17th DCDT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
"Leaders for Life No Limits…. No Boundaries"
November 14-16, 2013
The Colonial Williamsburg Resort Williamsburg, Virginia

Link for more info