From Autism Speaks

Boston Performance Date: Saturday, June 20th at 11am

As part of a year long partnership with Autism Speaks, Blue Man Group will donate a minimum of $25,000 toward autism awareness efforts and research to benefit families affected by autism.

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From Courageous Sailing

Presented by the Charlestown Waterfront Coalition, Courageous Sailing, and Piers Park Sailing Center.

Each year in July and September, Courageous organizes and runs Charlestown Adaptive Sailing Day in cooperation with the Charlestown Waterfront Coalition and Piers Park Sailing Center. Adaptive Sailing Days are an opportunity for adults and kids with any sort of disability to come out for a free one-hour sail with an instructor from Courageous Sailing or Piers Park Sailing Center. A hoyer lift and physically adaptive boats are available for participants who use wheelchairs. Families and friends are welcome, and lunch and bottled water are provided.

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From Disability Scoop

Following the death of Ethan Saylor, a young man with Down syndrome, Maryland has enacted a law requiring police to be trained by self-advocates on how to interact with people with developmental disabilities. The Ethan Saylor Alliance for Self-Advocates as Educators law takes effect July 1.

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From Down Syndrome Education International

The ability to get on with and learn from other children is hugely important for all children. Studies suggest that children with Down syndrome play with a playmate in ways expected for their cognitive level even though they have more delayed language. Further research is needed to explore how to compensate for language delays and promote age appropriate play.

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