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Friday, March 25, 2016

The Journey to 22 and Beyond - Free Transition Conference with Top Speakers Saturday, April 2nd in Concord

From the Minute Man ARC

March 22, 2016

This is a free Minute Man Arc event for parents/guardians who are helping their loved ones with disabilities to achieve a smooth transition from school into the adult world. We will be offering six workshops that will address issues facing your families.

Workshop Topics

Climb Every Mountain - Transitioning to Adult Services

Presenter: Sue Loring, R.N., Director of the HMEA Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts

Transition is fraught with anxiety for every parent. Knowing what to expect, where to go for assistance and having a timeline will help your son or daughter move from school based services to being an adult and creating an "enviable life." Information will be provided for those who have loved ones on the autism spectrum as well as other disabilities.

ABLE Act (Achieving a Better Life Experience) and the Military Survivor Benefit Plan

Presenters: Fred Misilo, Esq. and Theresa Varnet, Esq., Special Needs Attorneys, Fletcher Tilton, LLP

Special needs planning was given a big boost when two new bills became law: The ABLE Act and the Military Survivor Benefit Plan.The ABLE account allows an SSI recipient the opportunity to hold funds in an account (of up to $100,000) without interfering with SSI or Medicaid eligibility.

The Military Survivor Benefit Plan for the first time allows a child with special needs to receive a parent's military survivor benefit left in a special needs trust.

Beyond the Classroom and 22: Developing Community-Based Skills

Presenter: Marilyn Weber, Transition Specialist, NESCA

As you set up goals on your child's IEP/ISP, more life objectives need to be encompassed than what you may typically consider. School can address some of those pieces, but when your child moves out, there are skills that will help them become more independent, more enriched, and more satisfied.

What are those skills and how do we, as parents and caregivers, teach them? Who can help us? How do we get our children on board? Addressing those everyday facets of learning is essential in order for your loved one to live safely, confidently and lead a fulfilling life.


Presenter: Ken W. Shulman, Esq., Special Needs Attorney

Current information on the process of obtaining guardianship, the various levels, and complications that may arise regarding anti-psychotic medications or extraordinary medical interventions will be presented. Given the recent changes to Massachusetts guardianship law, the alternatives to guardianship will also be addressed.

Department of Developmental Services

Presenter: Kevin McDonough, DDS Acting Area Director, Central Middlesex Office

Services provided, eligibility requirements, Chapter 688 transition, how to access services and the differences between DDS and MRC (Mass Rehabilitation Commission) will be discussed.

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)

Presenters: Nancy Donovan, Mass. Rehab Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Lowell Area office, and James Fratolillo, Director, MRC Statewide Employment Services Department (MRC/SES)

Services provided, eligibility requirements, and the process for applying will be addressed.

When:   9:00am - 1:00pm Saturday, April 2, 2016

Where: Minute Man Arc
                  35 Forest Ridge Road,
                  Concord, MA 01742

Registration Information

Attendees can choose from two topics per session. Please choose one topic per time slot. Attendance is free but pre-registration is required by Friday, March 25th.

Respond by completing the form located HERE and mailing it to Minute Man Arc, 35 Forest Ridge Rd., Concord, MA 01742, or by completing the form HERE to register online.

An inclement weather date is set for Saturday, April 9.

We are very excited to be offering you an opportunity to gather information, ask questions, share your concerns and know that there is help for the people you love. We hope you will join us.

Transition Conference 2016 is a free event made possible by private donors.

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