DDS Presents Think Differently Conference on Autism June 11

Department of Developmental Services Northeast Region




Think Differently


A half day conference on services and supports for persons with autism newly eligible for DDS services. As we move forward to map future supports and services for newly eligible people with autism, this conference provides an opportunity to learn more about this population, to think differently about current and future supports and services and to demystify services and supports.

Thursday, June 11, 2015
8:30 AM to 12:30


NE ARC—Conference Room
6 Southside Rd, Danvers MA

Coffee & pastries provided.


Target Audience: Family Support Agencies, Day/Employment Support Providers, DDS Area Office Children, Transition, and Autism Service Coordinators

8:30-9:00 Coffee
9:00-9:45 Who’s Eligible for services? Valerie McKenzie, Director Eligibility/Clinical Services, NE Region DDS
Louann Larson, Family Support Division Director, Northeast ARC
Overview of Autism, with focus on characteristics of “newly DDS eligible” individuals
9:45-10:45 Documentary: Autism Through Our Lens
10:45 -11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Panel: Perspectives and Resources: Current and Future
12:00-12:30 Questions, Discussion, Future Directions


Registration: Deadline June 4th.
Provide name(s), agency, telephone number


Parking—Please consider car pooling as parking is limited.

North Shore Community College offers Medical Interpreting Course

Course Addresses Growing Need for Medical Interpreters in Healthcare


DANVERS, MA – – May 22, 2015 — North Shore Community College (NSCC) is offering a comprehensive course in Medical Interpreting for individuals interested in interpretation for hospitals, clinics, and human services agencies. Medical interpreters are in great demand nationwide. In Massachusetts, where interpreters are legally mandated in acute-care hospital and behavioral health hospitals, the need for trained medical interpreters is booming. Employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 42 percent by 2020.


NSCC will offer a 60-hour class at its Lynn campus on the following dates:
June 23 – August 20, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-9:30 p.m.


Designed to prepare individuals for entry-level careers as medical interpreters, this program is developed and offered in collaboration with TransFluenci EDU, a leader in preparing new and experienced interpreters to work in hospitals and other healthcare settings following the standards and ethics of the profession. The course meets the requirements of the National Board for Medical Interpreter Certification.


The course is open to all languages, but students must be able to fully comprehend and communicate in both English and at least one other language. The college will issue the Medical Interpreting Certificate of Completion upon satisfactory completion of this program. The instructor is an experienced medical interpreter who will provide guidance on how to find a job in the field. To register, call 978 236-1200. For more information, visit the web site:

About TransFluenci & TransFluenciEDU
TransFluenci provides interpreting and translation services to hospitals, federal and state agencies, schools, legal firms, private corporations, and human services agencies. Since its founding in 2001, the company has earned a reputation for providing the highest levels of reliability, completeness, accuracy, and cultural appropriateness in all of its interpreting and translation services. To learn more, visit TransFluenci EDU’s website at:

QRyde Volunteer Transportation Marketplace Presentation June 17 at SeniorCare

SeniorCare is offering an opportunity for you to attend a presentation/discussion about the QRyde Volunteer Transportation Marketplace.


QRyde provides a virtual portal where providers can connect to a national network of riders. The QRyde is presently being implemented in partnership with HBSS with clients in Texas, New Hampshire and North Carolina and it is in discussion with a number of volunteer agencies to roll out nationwide.


For those who have, or are interested in having, a volunteer transportation program consider joining us to find out more about the QRyde Volunteer Transportation Marketplace, the goal of which is to bridge the gap between volunteer providers and those in need of transportation by connecting willing volunteers and eager riders.


On June 17th at SeniorCare, 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, from 2 to 4 pm, a demonstration of the QRyde Volunteer Transportation Marketplace will be presented by Tod Amazeen with discussion and information to follow. Please feel free to go on the website to find out more about this program at




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Speak with Confidence Workshop June 5th

Does the thought of speaking in front of a group make you feel like this?


Is your fear holding you back from growing in your career?



If the answer to these questions is yes, join us on June 5th for the workshop,



Speak with Confidence
Friday, June 5th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Career Source
186 Alewife Brook Parkway, 3rd floor
Cambridge, MA

This upbeat, interactive workshop will help you to:
• Build your confidence
• Learn personal communication skills
• Learn how to plan for various types of presentations
• Increase the effectiveness of your message
• Practice new skills with immediate feedback


Cost: $103 (incl. $6 materials fee) – early bird rate: $93 through 5/29

Location: Career Source
Fresh Pond Mall (office building)
186 Alewife Brook Parkway, 3rd floor
Cambridge, MA

Presenter: Don Saracen, President of Saracen Sales &
Communications and author of SELLING: It’s Personal.

Space is limited – slots will go fast!
To register, go to


About the presenter:


Don Saracen is President of Saracen Sales & Communications, and author of the bestseller, SELLING: It’s Personal. Don speaks, trains and coaches professionals throughout New England. Past President of the New England National Speakers Association, Don holds the Advanced Communication award from Toastmasters International, and is a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest award given by Rotary International. Visit

This workshop is a collaboration of Career Source and The Professional Development Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

YouthBuild North Shore Community Build Days Summer 2015

Volunteer with YouthBuild North Shore
Together we can revitalize a neighborhood in need!

Salem Tuesday June 16 9 am – 3 pm
Beverly Friday July 24 Noon – 3 pm
Salem  Friday July 31 Noon – 3 pm
Peabody Friday August 7 Noon – 3 pm
Lynn Friday August 14 Noon – 3 pm

Regional Build Day Saturday August 15 9 am- 3 pm

Groups of all sizes and skill levels welcome!

Can’t make it? You can still make an impact in your community
with a Build Day donation (monetary or in-kind support accepted)

For more information contact Jackie Giordano
978-825-4016 or

Envision Your Future Presentation in Salem on June 4th

Great ideas to adapt your home environment


Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) and the Salem Council on Aging invite you and your friends to Envision Your Future. Join us for a light dinner and stimulating presentation focused on ways we can adapt our home environment as we age. Valerie Fletcher, executive director of the Institute for Human Centered Design, will share how we can make things safer, easier, and more convenient in our homes by using the principles of universal design.
Thursday, June 4
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Salem State University, Marsh Hall
71 Loring Avenue, Salem
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.


Registration required by Monday, June 1. Email or call 781-693-5573 for more information or to RSVP.


Next Level Swallowing Therapy at Peabody Glen

Local Rehabilitation Center Introduces Advanced Program for the Treatment of Swallowing Disorders called “Synchrony TM


Peabody Glen Health Care Center introduces world’s-first technology to improve swallowing difficulties after stroke, brain injury, cancer, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and other conditions


Peabody, MA– April 27, 2015 – Continuing their reputation for progressive rehabilitation programs and technologies, Peabody Glen Health Care Center in Peabody recently installed a leading-edge system for the treatment of swallowing disorders or “Dysphagia” as it is commonly known in medical terms. The unique system is the first to use virtual-reality assisted biofeedback that allows patients and Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) to visualize swallowing activity. By “seeing the swallow,” SLPs can more effectively guide treatment efforts and monitor patient progress. For patients, the technology enables them to participate in game-like, interactive exercise programs that make treatment more interesting… and even fun.


The system also uses gentle electrical stimulation pulses, which are used to strengthen and re-educate the muscles required for normal swallowing. Peabody Glen Health Care Center’s speech therapist has received advanced training on these progressive technologies, the treatment of Dysphagia based on the latest medical research.


Impaired swallowing or “Dysphagia” affects up to 15 million Americans with approximately 1 million new individuals being diagnosed each year. Left untreated, Dysphagia can lead to life-threatening conditions such as aspiration pneumonia and higher rates of infection. In fact, approximately 60,000 people die each year due to complications from compromised swallowing. Without successful treatment, the management of Dysphagia includes diet modifications and often a feeding tube from the trachea to the stomach. However, recent scientific studies indicate that specific strengthening techniques and technologies can be used for effective treatment. The technologies and treatment protocols used in Peabody Glen Health Care Center’s new program have been developed around these important medical findings.


“Dysphagia dramatically alters people’s ability to participate in normal day-today activities including a simple meal with friends and family, noted Nathan Norton, Administrator of Peabody Glen Health Care Center. “Our new swallowing program is intended to give our full-time residents and short-term rehab patients the best opportunity to return to a more normal lifestyle, and help them avoid the more serious complications that can develop as a result of this condition.”

New Ground-Breaking Technology
One of the technologies used in the program, the OmnisEMG®, enables patients to “see” their swallows through the use of virtual reality enhanced images shown on a large monitor. Using this data, Speech Therapists can accurately evaluate the quality of a patient’s swallow and then use various game-like activities on the system to help improve them. Patients consider the new swallowing equipment to be a fun challenge, which ultimately inspires them to exercise longer and with greater intensity. Another progressive technology used in the program is called the Omnistim® FX2, which uses gentle electrical pulses to strengthen muscles and help re-establish normal nerve and muscle firing patterns – something that is often disrupted with stroke or neuromuscular conditions like Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. In addition to its benefits related to proper swallowing, the Omnistim® FX2 is effective in the treatment of many other conditions. In fact, the system is used extensively by professional and collegiate sports team to aid recovery among elite athletes following injury or surgical procedures.


Peabody Glen Health Care Center’s program was developed in conjunction with Accelerated Care Plus (ACP), the nation’s leading provider of evidence-based clinical programs and leading-edge rehabilitation equipment, including the new OmnisEMGTM and proven Omnistim® FX2. Reimbursed by Medicare and other insurance providers, the program is implemented in conjunction with the patient’s physician and other caregivers.


About Accelerated Care Plus – Accelerated Care Plus or “ACP,” is a Hanger Company (NYSE: HGR), and the nation’s leading provider of specialty clinical programs for post-acute and chronic rehabilitation. The programs include patented medical equipment, evidence-based treatment protocols, advanced therapist training, and on-going program support. ACP’s “Clinical Solutions” are used by thousands of the most recognized rehabilitation providers in the U.S., as well as nearly 200 professional and collegiate sports teams. ACP was originally founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Reno, Nevada. For more information visit


About Peabody Glen Health Care Center
Peabody Glen, located at 199 Andover St., is a 150-bed, Joint Commission accredited, skilled nursing center conveniently located across from The North Shore Mall. We offer both short term rehabilitation and long term care. Our progressive post-acute care facility delivers professional quality skilled nursing care and rehabilitative services. Peabody Glen Health Care Center is a HealthBridge Management Company. Residents of Peabody Glen Health Care Center benefit from a nationwide network of resources comprised of leading clinical and operations professionals with extensive experience in Post Acute Rehabilitation and Long Term Living services. HealthBridge works to maintain the highest standards of care and service for residents, families and our valued employees. Backed by our collective decades of experience in health care services, our Mission is to continue to define excellence in the nursing and rehabilitation industry.

For more information on Peabody Glen Health Care Center’s new program please contact Paul Sampson, Director of Rehabilitation, at 978-531-0772.