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Meet with an Educational Advocate from JF&CS Disability Lifespan Solutions to review your child's IEP, discuss concerns, and develop strategies to address those concerns. Come prepared with your top two concerns and make sure to bring a copy of your child's current IEP, recent evaluations, and progress reports. We'll discuss what may improve the IEP based on information provided by you, the parent/guardian, and help you understand the role of an Educational Advocate and determine if you may benefit from working with one.
When: Thursday, October 27
Individual 50-minute sessions begin at the top of every hour from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Cost: $25 per session. Scholarships available.
Registration required: Please contact Wendi Hutchinson at email@example.com or 781-.693-1216.
Am I As PROACTIVE As I Can Be With My PD Care?
Please join us to hear Margarita Llibre Rogers, Parkinson’s Disease Advocate and social worker, discuss the best ways to:
When: Thursday, March 1
10:30 a.m. - noon
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA
RSVP required: Contact Nancy Mazonson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5069.
Separation and divorce, custody, visitation, and litigation are stressful for children, putting them at high risk for depression or behavioral issues. Most children, with the help of their parents, will adjust to living in a two-household family.
This five-hour educational program for parents is required by the state of Massachusetts for all divorcing parents with minor children. It is completed by attending two 2½ hour sessions and is conducted by JF&CS clinicians. The focus of the program is on the varied needs of children during the challenging time of disruption and transition that often accompanies divorce.
September 13 & 14
October 11 & 12
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
September 26 & 27
October 24 & 25
646 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Cost: $80 per person
Pre-registration is required. To register, please call 508-755-3101. State regulations prohibit joint attendance by divorcing couples at the same session. Childcare is not provided.
Cost: $125 for the series of five sessions. Registration and payment via check or credit card are required before the first session. As with all CERS services, reduced fees are available based on need.
Space is limited. For more information, please contact Debbie Whitehill at email@example.com or 781-693-5625.
Join us for therapeutic movement and dance classes for people with Parkinson's disease.
All classes held in the South End. Come to any one class or more, as you like!
For more information, please contact Janet Selcer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-234-2720.
Presented by Don Meyer, Director, Sibling Support Project
Sibshops reflect a belief that our communities need to acknowledge the difficulties faced by brothers and sisters of children with special needs and provide them with the opportunity to connect with each other in the same way that many parents of children with special needs have benefited from sharing their experiences.
Open to interested participants across New England including adult siblings, parents, grandparents, and family members of children/teens as well as professionals, organizational staff who wish to facilitate a Sibshop in their local community, and social workers who work with families that have siblings as part of the family.
A Sibling's Perspective: Interviews with Don Meyer and Seven Young Siblings
If you are interested in your typically developing sibling participating in the demonstration sibshop, coordinated by Don Meyer during the conference, we are looking for children ages 8-13 year old to participate in Friday's Demonstration Workshop. During the Demonstration Sibshop, adult participants will put on their jeans, tee-shirts, and sneakers to join Don Meyer as he conducts a Sibshop for a group of 8-to-13 year old local brothers and sisters. This workshop provides participants with the materials and a first hand account of what they will need to start, plan, and conduct the activities for their own Sibshop group in their community. The Demonstration Sibshop can also be the “kick-off” for an on-going program in the host community. Following the Sibshop, trainees will debrief and finalize plans for creating Sibshops in their own communities. Email Doreen Cummings at email@example.com to sign up to participate.
The primary goal of this workshop is to train new Sibshops facilitators and administrators as well as adult siblings, service providers, and parents. During the two days of the Sibshop training, these participants will learn about sibs’ lifelong concerns, find out how to organize a local Sibshop, and experience what a Sibshop is as they join Don and local young brothers and sisters for a four-hour demonstration sibshop. Trainees who would like to become a Sibshops facilitator must attend both days of the Sibshops training. Upon completion of the two-day training, they may (upon registration) start their own local Sibshop.
The secondary goal of this workshop is to educate parents, service providers, and others about sibs’ ever-changing issues across the lifespan. This is an audience interested in sibling issues but not necessarily interested in how to run a Sibshop. This audience attends the first day of the two-day training.
View a typical two-day Sibshops training schedule.
When: Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Leventhal-Sidman JCC
333 Nahanton Street, Newton
Day 1 Only: Parents/Students - $110, Professionals - $160
Days 1 & 2: Parents/Students - $160, Professionals - $210
Please contact Doreen Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Offered by Jewish Family & Children's Service in collaboration with the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network and thanks to generous funding from the Ruderman Family Foundation.
Let us welcome your family to the Jewish Community with a home visit, gift package, and resource guides to programs and events in your area. If you or your partner is Jewish and you have had or adopted a baby in the last six months, we would love the opportunity to meet you and your baby.
This program is a collaboration of Jewish Family & Children’s Service and Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston with generous support from CJP.
View a complete list of the communities served by this program.
To receive or refer a Welcome Baby! visit and for additional information, contact Laura Gerson, LICSW, Welcome Baby Coordinator at email@example.com or 781-693-5635.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451