Youth & Family Disability Resources: December 2015

December has come, and though the ground is not yet covered in snow, the holidays are in full swing in and around Boston. There is plenty to do, so check out the fun festivities throughout the month!

Transitions to Work Program For Young Adults with Disabilities
Now accepting applications for a training session in retail and customer service at the CVS Caremark Regional Learning Center in Boston. Students will gain hands-on work experience and cash register training that is relevant to real-life jobs. The training will take place at the JVS Boston office and classes are run by JVS instructors. Eligible participants must be: between the ages of 18 and 35, able to show proof of a documented disability, and motivated to find a job. For more information contact 617-447-5462 or or visit the JVS Transitions website.

Free Holiday Movie Screenings at Assembly Row
Join Assembly Row as we treat you and your family to a free big screen showing of three of your favorite holiday classics:

  1. Saturday, November 28th at 10 a.m. – Elf
  2. Saturday, December 5th at 10 a.m. – Home Alone
  3. Saturday, December 12th at 10 a.m. – The Polar Express

RSVPs are required! An Eventbrite link will be available the week of each movie due to limited number of seating available. Subscribe to the Facebook event to receive a notification when the link becomes available.

Seaport Holiday Tree Lighting
Please join us in celebrating the Holidays in Boston’s Seaport District! Get in the spirit with music and entertainment while enjoying hot chocolate, cider, and cookies. There will also be a surprise visit from a very special guest! And of course, join in as we light the Seaport tree. And don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Catholic Charities Labouré Center, and make a child’s holiday wish come true.

When: Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 5:00p -6:00p
Where: South Boston Maritime Park (The corner of D St and Seaport Blvd)

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll
For more than 10 years, the Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA) has sponsored the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll, a highly anticipated festive kick off to the holiday shopping season. On Thursday December 10th, starting at 6PM we will close off Charles Street to traffic, allowing for holiday shoppers to stroll through all of it’s shops and offices enjoying refreshments, live music and horse drawn buggy rides. For children, the festivities will begin during the earlier portion of the evening at the Hill House fire house with free photos with Santa followed by a Christmas Tree lighting. It’s the most wonderful time of the year in our neighborhood and we welcome you to ring in the holidays with our festive, fun and diverse group of Beacon Hill businesses.

When: Thursday, Dec 10 at 6:00PM

Second Fridays at the MIT Museum: Math of Science, Art, Industry & Culture
During this special free math fest, explore a “pop-up” math art exhibit, take part in discussions about math in society, and try your hand at math activities and challenges. Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT. Hosted in collaboration with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and The Bridges Organization.

When: Friday, Dec 11, 2015 5:00p -8:00p
Where: MIT Museum (265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139)

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra: Family Holiday Concert
Join the BYSO for this free concert full of holiday favorites and family sing-alongs. Space is limited, so reserve your seats today. If you have any questions about BYSO Tickets, please contact Sarah Spinella, Marketing Manager at 617-358-6015 or email at

When: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3pm
Where: Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Building

Autism-Friendly Urban Nutcracker Performance
The Urban Nutcracker continues to expand and represent inclusiveness in a multi-cultural Boston community by presenting a Sensory-Friendly performance. With the direction of retired international ballet star Tony Williams, this performance blends classical moves with emerging diverse dance forms, while ensuring it is sensory friendly with house lights at half capacity, sounds lower in volume/intensity, volunteers to provide support, and a quiet area. And the audience will be encouraged to dance, sing and shout. Also, this year’s Urban Nutcracker features never before seen sets and costumes in celebration of its 15th Anniversary. For more information contact Dustin Rennells, Operations Manager; 617.524.3066 or

When: December 19th, 2015, 11am
Where: John Hancock Hall, Back Bay Events Center

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