Youth and Family Disability Resources: March 2016

Happy March! We’ve got a number of resources and fun activities to close out the winter, welcome in the spring, and even give a preview for the summer.

Check out the Family Voices updated 2016 Summer Guide. This comprehensive guide for families is packed with helpful information, tips and resources to support summer planning! Included is a listing of unique camps across greater Boston, fun family activities to do within the city, sensory friendly, and social skills building games to play at home, and more!

Metro West Special-Needs Fair
Natick – March 6th, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m
Free and open to the public. MetroWest families seeking resources, activities, and services for themselves or their family members with special needs will find dozens of programs, services, products and resources at this resource fair. Children are welcome, and there will be an arts and crafts area staffed with volunteers so parents and caretakers can enjoy the fair. Hosted by the Natick Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). A list of organizations and businesses that will be exhibiting will be posted by the Natick SEPAC on their website For more information visit the Natick SEPAC Special-Needs Resource Fair page or email

Celebrating The Strength of Individuals & Families
Great Hall, The State House, Boston – March 9th, 2016
The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and The Arc of Massachusetts would like to invite you to The 38th Annual Legislative Reception:Celebrating The Strength of Individuals and Families. This is an ideal opportunity for persons with disabilities, family members, advocates, state agency heads and their staff, and legislators to interact and catch up on legislative priorities and other important issues.    They will be honoring Senator Joan Lovely and Representative Ronald Mariano. Speaking on the theme: Isaiah Lombardo and Angela Lombardo, self-advocate and mother. Special Presenters: Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo * Please do set up an appointment with your legislator in advance, in addition to encouraging them to attend the legislative reception.  CART and ASL interpreters will be available. Register at this link, or contact  Amelia Cordischi, The Arc of Massachusetts 781-891-6270 x104 |

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance
Boston, Newton and the North Shore – March 8th to May 10th, 2016
Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance provides creative movement instruction for individuals with disabilities ages 2 to adult, and is taught by Boston Ballet Faculty, with support by licensed physical therapists and professional musicians. Students can engage and explore in a safe and supported studio environment as they develop movement, musicality and personal/social growth. This program helps enhance: creativity and self-expression; self-esteem and self-confidence; increased pride cooperating with and encouraging others; increased appreciation and knowledge of music and rhythm; distinguishing right and left; attending to and following directions; increased focus; and improved balance, posture, and alignment For more information email or visit the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance page.

Roslindale Village winter farmer’s market
Sons of Italy Hall, Roslindale – March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2016 10:00a -2:00p
Come out to Roslindale every Saturday for our Winter Farmers Market! Fresh produce, specialty foods, entertainment, children’s activities, and even a bar! Accessible by bus from Forest Hills station.

Devotion School Science Expo
Edward Devotion School, Brookline – March 12, 2016 8:30a-12:30p
This year’s Science Expo theme is the “Science of the Environment”. At the Expo you can learn how we can help the environment, what we do impacts the environment, and about some of the exciting new technologies that scientists are dreaming up to make the world a better, cleaner place. There will be hands on activities, demonstrations, and interactive games presented by professional scientists along with a robotics demonstration by Sylvan Learning of Brookline.

Silent(ish) Reading Party
Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain – March 13, 2016 1:00p-4:00p
Ever wish you could relax with a book and a warm drink at the Loring-Greenough House? Here’s your chance! Grab your book or newspaper and settle into a cozy chair or window seat in some of the loveliest, oldest rooms in JP. What better way to meet a neighbor than by asking, “So, what are you reading?” over a cup of tea? You’ll find warm drinks and sweet treats, peace and (not too) quiet, on this special Sunday afternoon at the LGH. Suggested donation: $5. Proceeds will be used for JP Tuesday Club programs and House preservation.

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Quincy Market, Boston – March 19, 2016 10:00a-12:00p
Join us for our annual Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt around Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Saturday, March 19th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Visit the Upper Rotunda in Quincy Market to pick up your Easter basket and clue sheet to find out which businesses are hiding eggs! Once you solve the clue, visit each business to receive one egg. This is a free event but supplies are limited and pre-registration is required.

Beeping Egg Hunt
Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown – March 26th, 2016
MAPVI and Perkins School for the Blind will host a Beeping Egg Hunt, along with prizes for the children who find the special glitter eggs and goody bags for all participants. This family event will also be accessible for children in strollers or wheelchairs. There will also be snacks, crafts, and a spring planting. There is also an indoor alternative in case of bad weather. Perkins will also have a photographer present to take pictures during the event. Please inform the event if you would not like your family photographed. Free for all families. Everyone must bring their own baskets. RSVPs required to the MAPVI Beeping Egg Hunt Page or contact 617-923-1241 or

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