Planning for Life After Special Education in Massachusetts

A Transition Services Online Manual featuring Basic Legal Rights, Forms, Resources and Video. This Manual is written for parents and students who are advocating for better transition services, including social, vocational and independent living skills.  It is written in an easy-to-understand format but also contains “Endnotes” and an Appendix at the end of the Manual with legal information for attorneys and experienced advocates.
The Manual was edited by the Disability Law Center (DLC), in partnership with the Federation for Children with Special Needs, the Institute for Community Inclusion, and Mass. Advocates for Children.  It was written by the Northeastern University School of Law Legal Skills in Social Context program.
DLC will be updating and improving the Manual on a regular basis.  We plan to include more videos of students, parents and advocates, in English, ASL and Spanish, as well as updates on legal developments, new forms, and other practical advice.

Special Education Transition Services Online Manual.

North Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting

Mary Margaret Moore and Grant Murphy attend the North Shore Chamber Annual Dinner Meeting October 26

Mary Margaret Moore and Grant Murphy attend the North Shore Chamber Annual Dinner Meeting October 26

Mary Margaret Moore and Senator Scott Brown at the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting October 26.

Mary Margaret Moore and Senator Scott Brown at the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting October 26.

Mary Margaret Moore and Grant Murphy attended the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting this week. Senator Scott Brown was the keynote speaker, and a big congratulations to one of our ADRCGNS partners: North Shore Elder Services Executive Director Paul Lanzikos who received a Distinguished Leadership award..

Weaving Autism Into Our Social Fabric

North Shore Community College is hosting the 28th Forum on Tolerance – Understanding one another by sharing human experiences: Weaving Autism Into Our Social Fabric.

Thursday, November 3, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm, Lynn Campus Gymnasium, 300 Broad Street, Lynn. Additional Parking available in Lynn MBTA garage.

The panel of experts will be moderated by NSCC President Wayne Burton, and keynote speakers are: Shonda Schilling, Our Family’s Journey with Asperberger’s Syndrome, Dr. Karen Levine, Characteristics and Treatment of Autism, Barbara L’Italien, Advocating for Individuals with Autism.

For further information, contact Dr. Sheldon Brown: 978-762-4000 x 6294.

Music For Independent Living Benefit Concert Press Release

The Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. (ILCNSCA), the disability rights service and advocacy agency serving 25 cities and towns on the North Shore and Cape Ann, is holding its 4th Annual Benefit Concert, Music for Independent Living, on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Knights of Columbus, 94 Washington Square, Salem MA, from 7:00-11:00 PM. This is the ILCNSCA major annual fundraiser with all donations to support activities which involve for people who are living with disabilities of all ages in social and cultural community situations.
The suggested ticket donation is $10.00, more if you can, or less if you cannot. The local musicians who are generously donating their talents are Julie Dougherty, Courtney Linehan and Friends, Spike Emerson and Denny Tentindo of Mean Mister Mustard, a Beatles cover band. Donated raffle prizes include gift certificates to Calitri’s, Mighty Aphrodite, City Bar and Grill, as well as a Marblehead Bank gift bag, paintings by local artists Tom Gagnon and Brian Boulanger and more. Concert sponsors include Wicked Hawt, Elders Service Plan of the North Shore, NorthEast Recovery Learning Community, Northeast Independent Living Program and Amramp. As you support the ILCNSCA you will be supporting people who are living with disabilities throughout the North Shore and Cape Ann.
Tickets are available in person or by mail at ILCNSCA, 27 Congress St., Suite 107, Salem, call 978-741-0077, or order online at www.ilcnsca.org/concert.php. If you are unable to attend the concert, donations are always appreciated. For more information about the Benefit Concert go to our web page at http://www.ilcnsca.org/concert.php or , call ILCNSCA at (978) 741-0077 or email mmmooore@ilcnsca.org.
The Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. is a non-profit agency, which provides services and advocacy for people with disabilities on the North Shore and Cape Ann.  ILCNSCA currently serves individuals of all ages  with any disability through direct services such as peer counseling, skills training, advocacy, service coordination, and system advocacy.. Last year the Independent Living Center responded to over 1000 information/referral calls and worked individually with 126 people living with disability. ILCNSCA also provides technical to assistance and trainings to the 25 cities and towns in its service area and is a valuable resource for information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. All direct service staff of the ILCNSCA have disabilities and use his/her own life experiences and knowledge to help others with similar situations. Check out our annual report at http://www.ilcnsca.org/annualreport11board.html
ILCNSCA was established in 1987.  The office is located at 27 Congress St., Suite 107, Salem, MA, Tel: (978) 741-0077, (978) 745-1735 TTY, Toll free Tel: (888) 751-0077 V/TTY, Fax: (978) 741-1133 Accessible webpage is http://www.ilcnsca.org/  Email address is Information@ilcnsca.org.

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Local Thanksgiving Dinners

The following will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 24:

My Brother’s Table, 98 Willow Street, Lynn, 781-595-3224, is serving a free Thanksgiving dinner to individuals and families on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 24, 2:30 – 4:15pm.  No ID or registration is required.

Brother’s Deli, 41 Market Street, Lynn, 781-581-3363, is serving a free Thanksgiving dinner for individuals and families on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 24, 9:00am – 2:00pm.  No ID or registration is required.

Spud’s Restaurant, 22 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, 781-233-2757, is serving a free Thanksgiving dinner for individuals and families on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 24, 12:00 – 2:00pm.

St. Mary’s Church, 8 South Common Street, Lynn, 781-598-4907, will provide free Thanksgiving groceries for families with children only.  You must register with the pantry in advance and have your registration card with you, in order to sign up.  You will also need a photo ID, proof of address, proof of income, and proof of family size.  Sign-up is 10:00am – noon on Wednesdays through November 2.  Pick-up is on Sunday, November 20, 1:00 – 3:00pm.

Salvation Army Food Pantry, 1 Franklin Street, Lynn, 781-598-0673, will provide free Thanksgiving groceries only after other local food pantries have run out.  You must have children in order to qualify.

Haven From Hunger will be serving Thanksgiving dinner at 1:00 and Christmas dinner on Christmas day at noon..

Register Today: NE Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center 7TH ANNUAL CONSUMER RESEARCH CONFERENCE

For individuals living with spinal cord injury, their caregivers, & healthcare professionals.
Saturday, November 12, 2011. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210.
Topics and Presenters include:

Survive, Subsist, Succeed: SCI Outcomes with John D. Steeves, PhD, Founding Director of ICORD at University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver, BC. Pain After Spinal Cord Injury: Insult Added to Injury J. Scott Richards, PhD, ABPP, Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Birmingham, AL.

Some is Good. More is Better. Avoid Inactivity: Exercise Prescriptions to Facilitate Health in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury with Rachel Cowan, PhD, ACSM Certified Exercise Specialist, Post-Doctoral Associate, the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Universally Designed and Assistive Products and Technologies with Jennifer Otitigbe, MS, Director of User Experience and Research, Institute for Human Centered Design, Boston, MA.

The conference tends to run about half an hour longer than scheduled. All times are approximate and will adapt to presentations longer than planned. For more information or to register click here
or register by calling  617-638-7314.

Please register early! Space is limited and we’re expecting full capacity. The 1st 40 registrants receive free accessible parking. Registration after October 28th will be charged a late fee..