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Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert 2021

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert 2021

  • March 5, 2021-April 30, 2021

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced that its newly recorded BSO Youth Concert Stream is now available. Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the orchestra in “I really thought I couldn’t: A musical look at self-doubt.” The program launched Friday March 5 and is available through April 30 at Mr. Wilkins discusses each musical selection, bringing the music alive and building bridges between the music and listeners. The concert is close captioned and comes with audio description to increase accessibility.

More information regarding how school systems and youth organizations can access the program can be found at WWW.BSO.ORG/YOUTHCONCERT2021.

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10th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival, Boston

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10th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival, Boston

  • May 6-13, 2021

10th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival, Boston — May 6-13, 2021

ReelAbilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expression of people with different disabilities from a variety of communities.

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Greater Boston Disability Task Force

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Greater Boston Disability Task Force Meeting

  • October 22, 2020

The Greater Boston Disability Task Force (DTF) met on October 22, 2020 via Zoom. DTF is a network of regional disability providers who meet quarterly to exchange information and learn about emerging issues in the disability community. At this meeting three advocacy professionals provided disability policy updates regarding COVID-19.

Rick Glassman of the Disability Law Center discussed COVID -19 issues related to infection control, congregate living, hospital visitation, medical rationing, health care issues, accommodations, employment, and housing for individuals with disabilities.

Maura Sullivan of The ARC of Massachusetts addressed state budget advocacy and COVID-19 needs identified for action by the legislature and administration.

Julia Landau from Mass Advocates for Children focused on educational issues impacting students with disabilities during COVID-19.

The following informational updates and links were shared by meeting attendees:

The Arc of Massachusetts

Governor Baker’s budget includes a $2,000 incentive for employment of people with disabilities. Email for more information.

The Carroll Center for the Blind


Disability Resource Network at Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JF&CS)

A free information and referral line: (781) 693-5640

JF&CS Services:

Exceptional Lives

Federation for Children with Special Needs

9th Annual Making A Difference Conference

Family TIES workshops

JVS Jewish Vocational Service

Connections Program-

Transitions to Work Program –

Massachusetts Advocates for Children COVID ClearingHouse

Mass Down Syndrome Congress

Open Door Arts

Drop-in art class for adults with disabilities offered by Open Door Arts in partnership with the Worcester Art Museum.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Waypoint Adventure

Yachad New England  

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MAC Weekly Chat for Spanish-speaking families of children with disabilities

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MAC Weekly Chat for Spanish-speaking families of children with disabilities

  • June 10, 2020

Miércoles 10 de Junio, 2020

8:00 PM  – 8:30 PM

Nuevos anuncios sobre servicios durante el verano – Qué significa esto para tu hijo y su IEP?

Esta semana la abogada Diana Santiago hablará sobre estos nuevos anuncios del Departamento de Educación y el impacto que pueden tener en los servicios de educación especial para su hijo/a. ¡Trae tus preguntas!

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MAC Weekly Chat

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MAC Weekly Chat: New state guidance for Summer Special Ed Services: In-person and Remote Extended School Year during COVID-19

  • June 11, 2020

For this week’s chat, Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) attorney Julia Landau will talk about the newest state guidance for providing in-person and remote special education summer services.  This is a chance to learn about the safety requirements and options for providing extended school year services. This chat will be helpful for parents of children with all types of disabilities, including autism.

Thursday, June 11, 2020
8:00-8:45  PM

Register in advance for this meeting:

You only have to register once for the entire weekly series. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival

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ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival

  • March 22, 2020

ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival (3/22-4/2/2020) is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expression of people with disabilities from a variety of communities. This year, to keep our community healthy, ReelAbilities is going online! This is an exciting opportunity to make the Festival even more inclusive and accessible to audiences worldwide. In the ONLINE Festival, films will still be screening at their original times followed by live-streamed Q&As with filmmakers, subjects and experts. Registration for online screenings is required. A screening-link for each film will be sent out to registered viewers 2 hours before screening times. All screenings are online and free of charge! Register at

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Greater Boston Disability Task Force

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Greater Boston Disability Task Force Meeting

  • January 30, 2020

The Greater Boston Disability Task Force (DTF) meeting of January 30, 2020 focused on addressing the mental health needs of individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Kathy Sanders, the Deputy Director and State Medical Director of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) provided a presentation highlighting the ways DMH is partnering with the Department of Developmental services (DDS) to provide services to individuals with mental illness and autism, and also discussed meeting the needs of individuals with other developmental disabilities.

Dr. Sanders emphasized that as a result of the Autism Omnibus Law of 2014, adults can now be dually eligible for services from both DDS and DMH.  The agencies developed a consent form that can be signed to allow sharing of information between the two agencies.   Not all individuals with autism who have a mental illness will be eligible for DMH services.  DDS and DMH are working together to provide specialized risk assessment and treatment planning consultation, including a dangerousness risk assessment for individuals with autism who have a mental illness.   DDD and DMH are increasing coordination at the state and local level, and are gathering information to address gaps in services for this population.   All parties agree that it is critically important to advocate for necessary services.

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Spirituality, Intellectual and Developmental Disability, and Wholeness

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“Hidden in Plain Sight: Spirituality, Intellectual and Developmental Disability, and Wholeness”

  • November 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Bill Gaventa, M.Div. delivers the Pyne Lecture on Ministry with Persons with Disabilities
Boston College School of Theology
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus

Unlike the arenas of acute care and psychiatric care, spirituality is often unrecognized and unaddressed as a dimension of care, support, and quality of life in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Why? This lecture and discussion will discuss some of the reasons, but more importantly, illustrate (1) how exploring the meaning of disability leads to the realm of spirituality, and (2) how spirituality permeates the life cycles of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, issues of care, and quality of life.

Bill Gaventa is currently the Director of the annual Summer Institute on Theology and Disability well as the Collaborative on Faith and Disability, linking a number of University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities who are addressing spirituality through initiatives in training, technical assistance, research, and/or dissemination. He was formerly Director of Community and Congregational Supports at the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers University, in New Jersey. Bill’s primary areas of experience and expertise are spiritual and faith based supports with people with disabilities, training for clergy, seminarians and community services staff, aging and end of life/grief issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities, cultural competence, and community building. He served as the President of American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for 2016-2017.

As a writer and editor, Bill has edited newsletters and several books, multiple articles and chapters, and served as the Editor of the Journal of Religion, Disability and Health for 14 years. His most recent book, Spirituality and Disability: Recovering Wholeness, has been published by Baylor University Press in the spring of 2018.

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The Arc Tank 2019

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The Northeast Arc is accepting applications for the 3rd Annual Arc Tank Competition

  • November 19, 2019

The Northeast Arc is now accepting applications for the 3rd annual Arc Tank, a quest to positively disrupt disability services! This year, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, the NLM Family Foundation and the State of Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities are contributing to The Changing Lives Fund, established through a $1 million donation by Steven P. Rosenthal, to support the effort to positively disrupt how disability services are offered. The event will take place on November 19, 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

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  • MAY 6 - SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

New England Yachad, in partnership with the NLM Foundation, offers year-round, inclusive recreational opportunities for adults with autism and related developmental disabilities ages 35+ in the New England area. Individuals of all faiths are warmly welcome. Popular programs include Music & Movement, Art Appreciation, and bowling leagues in Boston and Norwood, Massachusetts. Yachad’s dedication to low-barrier programming means they will do whatever they can to help enable an interested individual to participate.

Summer Bowling League at Boston Bowl

Monday, May 6th until Monday, August 26th, 6 to 8 pm

Summer Bowling League at Norwood Sport Center

Tuesday, June 11th until Tuesday, August 27th, 4 to 6 pm

Music & Movement Program at the Yachad Community Center in Brookline

Tuesday, June 11th until Thursday, September 26th, 4 to 6 pm

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  • June 1, 2019

The NLM Family Foundation is pleased to support the Boston Pops’ first sensory-friendly concert, designed for all families with children or adults with an autism spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. The Boston Pops Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart will offer this concert, the family-story matinee Once Upon a Time… on Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

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Golf for All is free

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Golf for All is free, accessible golf for veterans, people with autism and more


The “Joy of Golf” program provides adults with autism ages 35+ in the Greater Boston area the opportunity to practice driving and putting under the guidance of a team of PGA pros specially trained in accessible golf instruction. The nonprofit organization Golf For All is offering these weekly clinics at the Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course in Weston, Massachusetts for the third year in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the NLM Foundation.

There are open slots in Tuesday clinics which are held from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm through September 29.

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