Youth and Family Disability Resources: January 2014

Happy New Year PYD Community! This month’s blog post  will help you get a jumpstart on the year 2014! Whether your resolutions are focused on fitness, career preparation, or simply having more fun, here are a few resources that will make YOUR year a success.

Financial Aid for Disabled Students

Finding and navigating through scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities can be a daunting task. This is a valuable, comprehensive financial aid and scholarship guide for students with disabilities that can make the process simple and stress-free. It contains a listing of numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada.

Teen Wheelchair Basketball Program

Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers (SASC) and the Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) are teaming up to host a teen wheelchair basketball program in Boston this winter! If you are a teen athlete (physically challenged or able bodied) from the Boston Metro area head over to BCYF at Madison Park in Roxbury, get in a court sports chair, and see how fun wheelchair basketball can be! There is an open house for the program on Saturday, January 18th from 11am-1pm. For more information call 877-976-7272 or email Mark Priest at

MIT Stem Program

Do you know any youth grade 5-8 interested in science, technology, engineering, and math? MIT is holding a FREE, five-week summer program that combines lectures, projects, and experiments taught by MIT undergraduates. Participants have the opportunity to learn college-level material, play a racquet sport, and take field trips to places like the Museum of Science. The application will be available January 15th and is due March 21st.

Brandeis Winter Family Carnival

This free carnival will feature games, free food, prizes, sand art, sensory stations, bowling, popcorn, cotton candy, cookie decorating, a photo booth, dancing, and more for youth and adults with disabilities. Save the date for Sunday, January 12th from 2-4pm at Brandeis University Usdan Student Center. For more information contact the Brandeis Department of Community Service at 781-736-3237 or

Kroc Center

This January you can meet all your fitness and lifestyle resolution goals by joining the Kroc Center in Dorchester. This fitness, recreation and community center has a top-of-the-line gym, a 50-foot rock wall, and offers dance, fitness, swim and water exercise classes. Join the Kroc Center in January and your first month is FREE. New members also get two complimentary passes to share with friends and a $5 gift card to sample refreshments!

Boston University Sporting Event Tickets

BU Athletic Department Organization and The BU Terriers are offering free tickets to sporting events for non-profit and community organizations. Tickets are available for Men’s & Women’s Soccer & Basketball games, and Women’s Ice Hockey & Lacrosse games. If you are interested in receiving tickets, contact Kate at or 617-556-4075 x19.

Planning a Life: Making the Most out of High School

The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) is holding a 2-day conference in Boston packed with transition planning information and resources for and about students in special education ages 14-22. The conference will be held twice this year on January 17-18 and on March 14-15 from 8:30am-4:30pm each day at the FCSN office in Chalestown. Registration is $125 per person or $175 per family. For more information contact Terri McLaughlin at 617-236-7210 x336 or

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