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Concord/Concord-Carlisle SEPAC December 2018

Contents

  • Co-Presidents Comments
  • Safety During the Holidays
  • Concord's First Responder Information Form
  • Traveling? What You Need To Know
  • Not to be Missed SEPAC Events
  • Accessible and Family Friendly Holiday Celebrations!

Happy Holidays!

The holidays can be fun and exciting, but let's face it they can also be stressful and exhausting. This month we dedicate our newsletter to hopefully making the holidays just a little more manageable and maybe even a little more festive. Wishing you a fun and peaceful holiday season.

- Carol Yelle and Shaina Brito SEPAC Co-Presidents

Safety During the Holidays

With all the distractions of the holidays keeping our kids safe during this hectic time becomes even more important. Try making a safety plan before you head out. If you're going to be in a crowd, bright clothing is an easy way to quickly identify your child. If you have a family member that requires constant supervision, be sure everyone is clear about who is responsible for that family member and when. For example; "When I am paying for our shopping, Michael will stay with Amanda by the windows and read her a book."

Concord's First Responder Information Form

Everyday safety is just as important. The Concord Police Department and Special Education Director Jessica Murphy have created a First Responders Information Form to increase safety for students of the Concord Public School and Concord-Carlisle High School who have special needs. The form is designed to give Concord’s first responders important information about a student’s needs, so police and fire are best prepared to assist in an emergency in our community. Examples of questions on the form include: Is your child/teen deaf? Gets anxious in stressful situations and may not communicate? Understands what is being said? Gets agitated with loud noises? Has a condition that may impact his/her reaction in a crisis? Should the Fire Department be aware to search for a child/teen with specific needs in case of a fire? The First Responder Information Form is available online. You can also contact Detective Camilleri at scamilleri@concordma.gov for more information.

Traveling by plane? Some things to know.

Pre-planning is key to making traveling more manageable when traveling with a child who has special needs. To help, Massport has a program called Wings for Autism. in which they host a “dress rehearsal” open house day. This gives families the opportunity to experience travel through Boston Logan before their actual trip. For additional information, email wingsforautism@massport.com.

The TSA has a helpline for individuals with special needs called TSA Cares. Available 24/7, a TSA Cares representative will provide assistance about screening that is relevant to the passenger’s specific disability or medical condition. Call 1-855-787-2227 at least 72 hours prior to traveling with questions.

Park Shuttle Fly and Autism Speaks offer great tips and also a social story to help you prepare your family for travel. And if you're traveling with a family member who has food allergies check out the website F.A.R.E.. They are a great resource for families with food allergies.

Not to be Missed SEPAC Events

  • November Concord SEPAC Board Meeting- November 29, 2018, 12:30-2:30 pm Ripley Administration Building Conference Rm 3. Debbie Curtiss, Parent Support Specialist with the Asperger Autism Network, will be talking about the various services and programs that AANE offers including information and referral, support groups, parent coaching, etc. There will be time for questions at the conclusion of her presentation. This meeting is open to all.
  • Basic Rights in Special Education- December 10, 2018 7:00-9:00 pm , RJ Grey Junior High library, 16 Charter Road, Acton. The workshop is designed to help parents/guardians learn to be effective partners with their child's school to determine their child's eligibility for special education and to plan, make decisions, and monitor their child's progress. This free, public event is hosted by the Acton-Boxborough, Concord/Concord-Carlisle, Maynard, and Sudbury Special Education Parent Advisory Councils with support from their school districts. For planning purposes, an RSVP is appreciated to abrsdsepac@gmail.com.

Accessible & Family Friendly Holiday Celebrations!

  • Holiday Sing-Along December 1, 2018 hosted by Autism Alliance. What better way to celebrate the holidays than through the songs of the season!
  • Kids Chanukah Party With Young Isarael December 2nd, 2018. For families with children ages 16 and under. Enjoy crafts, games, a raffle and a special performance from a magician. There will also be Sufganiyot (jelly donuts). Registration required or contact Aylat Lifshitz 617-209-6799 ext 7, Lifshitza@ou.org. Yachad /NJCD is dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring their participation in the full spectrum of Jewish life.
  • Silver Bells December 2, 2018 Back by popular demand! The hustle and bustle of Christmas in New York City comes to the Theatre at the Mount stage in this traditional-meets-untraditional Christmas Spectacular!
  • Caring Santa December 2 and 12, 2018 Want a picture with Santa? Reserve your appointment for a private photo experience.
  • Brunch with Santa December 9, 2018 hosted by Autism Eats . Come have brunch and take pictures with Santa. Delicious buffet, toys for all the kids and autism friendly. Plenty of Free Parking.
  • Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol December 15, 2018 A Family-Friendly, Joyful spin on a Holiday Classic.
  • Boston Ballet All-Access Performance of The Nutcracker December 2, 2018 Boston Ballet presents its All-Access Performance of The Nutcracker. Additional accommodations and supports make this performance more accessible for individuals with disabilities and those who would benefit from a digital preview guide of the Opera House experience and story of The Nutcracker, live audio-described performance. audio enhanced equipment provided, large print Playbill, ASL interpretation, and specialized seating option. BONUS TOUCH TOUR: Those going to the performance are invited to attend a Touch Tour at 19 Clarendon Street on Sun, Dec 17 at 2 pm that allows participants to physically and tactilely experience elements of the show including props, costumes, and characters. Ticket fees apply. For more information contact 617.695.6955. REQUIRED: Please mention the All-Access Performance when you call the Box Office.
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