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   Services for People with Disabilities
Family Circle Newsletter  
a service of JF&CS sponsored by the H.A.L.O. Foundation
Summer is here, but it will be gone before we know it. This edition of the Family Circle Newsletter explores summer events in Greater Boston as well as several resources that you and the entire family can enjoy. Now is the time to take advantage of the beautiful weather before summer comes to an end and kids return to school.
FamilyFarmDays
Family Farm Days 

 

Join Mass Audubon for their Family Farm Days! Throughout August and September on select dates, the Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary will be closed to the general public. Children with special needs and their families are welcome to come and enjoy accessible nature trails, take part in barn chores, and experience hands-on activities. Pre-registration is required.

For more information or to sign up, visit their website.  

FreeSummerASDPrograms
Free Summer ASD Programs    

New England Behavioral Services is now offering several summer ASD programs for children, teens, and parents. These groups focus on developing skills to have successful and positive friendships, social interactions, and relationships. Divided by age, children play games, take part in activities and role playing, and much more! In addition to these ASD programs, New England Behavioral Services is also offering workshops for parents of children with autism that focus on many different topics.

Contact info@nebehavioralservices.com for more information on the ASD programs. Contact theresa@nebehavioralservices.com for adult workshop information. Programs and workshops are offered free of charge. 
SummerSelfDetermination
Summer Self-Determination Transition Outings

EMARC is offering a fun and exciting new transition program for young adults ages 16-22. With a variety of different sessions, this program allows young adults to learn the skills necessary to find a job and supports them in gaining the experience and tools they need to be successful. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions, but are welcome to attend any single sessions as well. Register today!
FaceForward
Face Forward Summer Conference

From July 17-20, Next Step is offering a free conference to young adults ages 16-24 who have been diagnosed with genetic conditions. During this conference, young adults can explore their future with the support of peers, staff, and Next Step patients. Medical staff and clean facilities will be provided. For more information or to register, contact kepler@nextstepnet.org or call 617-864-2921.
Dreamnight
Dreamnight at Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo in Boston is hosting Dreamnight on July 20 for children with disabilities and their families. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the zoo, engage in zoo activities, and interact with the zookeepers. The zoo will be closed to the general public during this time, letting children and their families avoid crowds and enjoy a more in-depth experience. Register online today.
ADACelebration
Americans with Disabilities A.D.A. Celebration Day in Boston

The Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities presents A.D.A. Celebration Day on July 24! This free event full of games, food, and music is for children, families, and individuals of all abilities. Please contact felicity.lingle@gmail.com for more information.
Resources
Resources

Free Webinars
Boston Children's Hospital offers several free webinars that touch upon many different topics. Visit their website to check them out!

Summer 2014 Connecting Parents      
Looking for support groups for parents? The Department of Mental Health offers weekly support groups that are free and open to the public. Meetings are run by experienced professionals and allow parents to gain resources and knowledge and meet other parents and caregivers in the areas. For more information or a full schedule, contact Betty Wagner at 617-983-5803.
LetUsHearFromYou
Let Us Hear From You

How can we meet your information needs? What topics or points of interest would you like to hear more about? We would appreciate your contributions and suggestions for our bi-monthly Family Circle Newsletter.

To make a suggestion or for more information, contact Caitlin Bohara at cbohara@jfcsboston.org or 781-647-JFCS (5327).

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