Local Resources and Information
Help for the Holidays
As you start to make holiday plans and arrangements, if your family needs assistance locating local programs that can help you with affording toys, clothing, basic needs. such as utilities, fuel, food, and holiday baskets etc. please call your local Family Ties coordinator, which you can locate at www.massfamilyties.org or by calling 1-800-905-8437. Last year we had a number of families who have children with special needs seeking resources to make their little ones' holiday celebrations a bit brighter. Some programs have limited resources and/or deadlines, so please think about putting your requests for assistance in as early as possible.
TSA Cares Helpline
TSA Cares HelplineThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has created a helpline, TSA CARES, to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. TSA recommends that passengers call 72 hours ahead of travel for information about what to expect during screening. Travelers may call TSA CARES toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. TSA CARES serves as an additional, dedicated resource specifically for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.
When a passenger with a disability or medical condition calls TSA CARES, a representative will provide assistance, either with information about screening that is relevant to the passenger’s specific disability or medical condition, or the passenger may be referred to disability experts at TSA. For more information, please log onto: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/travelers-disabilities-and-medical-conditions
In addition, TSA is promoting a new program of using specially trained officers to assist travelers with disabilities. Our Passenger Support Specialists (PSS) can be found at our security checkpoint at PVD, as well as, all airports across the nation. All one needs to do is to request “PSS assistance” at the security checkpoint, or ahead of time by contacting the TSA CARES line.
I work closely with my Logan Airport counterpart, Marina Blanciforte, so if the occasion arises where either of us could be of assistance to anyone you know (flying out of PVD or BOS), please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or email me directly. I can share Marina’s contact information if you don’t have it on file already. I know BOS Airport has been very active in the Wings for Autism program and can speak for both Marina and myself in expressing a willingness to help.
Quality Improvement Manager
Transportation Security Administration
T.F. Green Airport (PVD)
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886
National Housing & Residential Support Survey
Important opportunity for people with autism aged 14 and up and their caregivers! Take the Autism Speaks Housing and Residential Supports Survey to share your needs and hopes for the future! Complete the survey for a chance to win a FREE iPad!
Autism Training for Families: Maximum Potential
Maximum Potential has developed a video based autism training platform that allows families to not only train themselves but also friends and caregivers on best practices... Our 17 module program enables a family to understand the concepts of ABA so that they are better equipped to work with their child
Why use our online program?
- Our video based training platform allows a parent, grandparent, tutor, babysitter etc.. to be properly trained in concepts of ABA.
- The presentation of these skills will help families understand how evidence based practices can be used not only in a 1on1 situation but also in ANY environment.
- Family members have 24/7 access to our training videos, 522 lesson plans, data collection package and digital picture cards.
- It is the most efficient, effective and most importantly affordable training program for families on the market today.
- Over thousands of individuals and over 250 school districts across the country have already found success in our system.
In addition to our training, Maximum Potential offers:
- ABA Professional Training Program
- ABA Training for Schools
- The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R)
- The Assessment of Functional Living Skills
Children's Hospital Study: How do we read emotion in faces? Do children and adults process this information in different ways?
The ability to perceive and identify emotions in faces is crucial to navigating our social world and it is often difficult for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Our research team at Boston Children’s Hospital aims to shed light on specific areas of strength and difficulty for individuals with ASD. By learning more about how children and adults process facial emotion, we may be able to contribute to a better understanding of ASD and the design or more effective intervention programs and therapies.
In this study, participants will look at pictures of faces, some of which will express emotions of different intensities. While participants watch faces, we will record eye movements and brain activity. Finally, participants will be asked to sort those pictures into different groups according to emotion.
We are looking for adults ages 18-22 who have been diagnosed with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder or Asperger’s disorder. Participants should be able to sit still for 20-30 minutes at a time and cannot have a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder, neurological abnormalities, or uncorrected vision problems.
Participation involves one visit to our lab in the Longwood Medical Area. Visits usually last about 1 hour and are scheduled at a time convenient for you. We offer free parking, and $20 reimbursement for travel and your time.
For more information, please contact Rhiannon Luyster, PhD at 857-218-5209
AANE South Shore Adult Support Group, Canton MA
This event is intended for all adults with Asperger Syndrome or related conditions. This group meets in Canton, MA and is facilitated by Stephen Nadel.
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If you have any questions about the event, please contact Ethan Eisdorfer firstname.lastname@example.org 617-393-3824 x44.
Operation House CallOperation House Call is an innovative medical education program that began in 1991 as a collaboration between The Arc of Greater Boston and Boston University School of Medicine. Under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin Siegel, pediatrician, and Dr. David Coulter, neurologist, The Arc consulted with parents of children with special health care needs to develop Operation House Call's curriculum. Dr. Coulter, whose brother has significant intellectual and developmental disability, believed families would be excellent teachers of doctors. Twenty years later, under The Arc of Massachusetts, the teaching thrives, guided by a parent instructor, co-teachers (persons with I/DD), and our volunteer families.
Operation House Call builds skills so that professionals can be effective providers of health care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At BUSM, Operation House Call is a requirement for all third year medical students, and is taught during their pediatric rotation. Key components of training include an orientation class taught by a parent instructor, and a home visit to one of our 50-60 volunteer families who have a child with developmental disability. Medical as well as non-medical issues are addressed as students learn about communication, supports, transitions, services and family dedication, providing new perspectives and skills for their future practice. At the core of this teaching is the belief that families can be the best teachers, sharing their love, experience, advocacy, joys and concerns, to inspire the medical community of the future.
To volunteer your family to participate, contact the Arc of Massachusetts:
217 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Overnight Respite Offered at HOPe
HOPe's overnight respite offers families with children, youth and young adults with developmental and physical disabiltities ages 8-21 the opportunity to have a night off. Take time to relax and get a break from caring for your child with specials needs. In addition, the child learns independence and self-care skills. Many of these children have never had the opportunity to stay in a home other than their own. In an effort to prepare these children for eventual separation from parents, children learn to adapt in a new environment.
Mary O'Toole leads the overnight respite with 13 years experience in children's respite and 35 years working with children with disabilties. HOPe's overnight respite program is staffed with hightly qualified, eperienced professionals. Our overnight director is MAP certified and able to administer medication.
Overnight respite is currently offered once per month.
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