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Hosted by Special Education Conference and School Fair 2017 SPAN Special Education Conference and School & 7th Annual School Fair Thursday, March 23 | 8:30 am – 2:30 pm Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road, Marlborough, MA  01752 This annual event continues our great tradition of gathering 50-plus special education schools. Former legislature Tom […]

By Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC)

A Full Life Ahead Series is offered in the Metro Boston Region by Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change in partnership with with Riverside Community Care and Advocates.

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A Full Life Ahead: Creating Housing Options 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Advocates Main Office, 1881 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA

How can I develop a housing option for my adult child, even if they are not prioritized for residential services? Come learn about governmental funding streams, how they can be combined, and how to supplement them with your own resources. The importance of building your child’s skills will also be discussed.

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From LPB, “Heartwarming story – kids can be powerful!”


By Genevieve Shaw Brown | Yahoo.com

When an 11-year-old boy with Down syndrome was told he would not be able to attend middle school with his friends in the fall, they went to bat for him.

Brady Green’s classmates went to a school board meeting to speak about why the boy should attend Blevins Middle School with them in September. Six fifth-graders from Brady’s elementary school in Fort Collins, Colorado, took to the podium to speak about how he has enriched their lives.

https://gma.yahoo.com/11-old-down-syndromes-friends-bat-attend-middle-152706202–abc-news-parenting.html#

From LPB, “Lovely to watch this young lady with Down syndrome with the Zumba moves! Won’t you love to try Yulissa Arescurenaga’s class?”


By Tiare Dunlap | people.com

When Yulissa Arescurenaga took her first Zumba class in 2008, she dreamed of one day making it her life’s work by becoming a certified instructor. The only problem was that there were no other instructors out there like Arescurenaga, who has Down syndrome.

http://www.people.com/article/Yulissa-Arescurenaga-becomes-first-us-zumba-teacher-with-down-syndrome