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Massachusetts Advocates for Children Training Series with Johanne Pino
Vinfen’s Family Support Center and Autism Support Center are co-sponsoring a virtual training series with Johanne Pino, Project Coordinator at Massachusetts Advocates for Children. We hope you’ll join us alongside Ms. Pino to discuss anti-bullying, compensatory services during COVID-19, and transition planning for families of children with disabilities. Details on each training workshop in the series can be found below.
Anti-Bullying Training, 3/29 at 7 p.m. EST
This workshop will address best practice based on the state’s anti- bullying prevention law. The training focuses on laws that require both school-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments for students with disabilities and laws that require IEP Teams to address bullying of students with disabilities. The workshop will also address concerns about bullying as students adjust to being back in school with their peers, during the COVID-19 recovery.
Compensatory Services During Covid-19, 4/4 at 10:30 a.m. EST or 4/19 at 6:30 p.m. EST
This workshop will address compensatory services during COVID-19 for students with disabilities. Learn and ask questions about how districts determine if children with disabilities need compensatory services due to the unexpected school closures because of COVID-19. This workshop will describe the range of compensatory services still available to address disruptions during the 2019-2020 school year and the 2020-2021 school year, the steps to determine the need for services, the importance of including parents in the discussion, and strategies to support parents.
Transition Planning, 5/17 at 7 p.m.
This workshop will focus on the transition special education services needed to prepare youth with disabilities ages 14-22 for employment, independent living, and further education. This training will also address compensatory services during COVID-19 to address transition needs and how to ensure districts fully address your child’s transition needs during the recovery. Using case examples, parents and professionals will learn strategies that can help ensure students receive important transition services required by special education law. The workshop will also provide information about the transition to the adult human service system, including Chapter 688, the state law that helps plan for youth with disabilities after they leave school.