TACA Massachusetts holds meetings, Coffee Talks and family events throughout the year. Our meetings feature educational speakers on important topics for ASD families. Our Coffee Talks and family events provide more settings where families can informally network, share resources and speak with seasoned parents.
Thursday, January 10
Transition Planning Coffee Talk with guest Leo Rotman
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Temacal Tequila Cantina
155 Worcester Rd.
This open discussion will encompass understanding the challenges, both practical and legal, once a child reaches 18 and beyond. Our guest Leo Rotman is the father of a young man with autism who is successfully navigating the demands of college and young adulthood. Leo will be sharing tips and strategies to plan and prepare for independent living and long term care for the child through the adult years.
Sunday, January 13
Improving Your IEP Advocacy
1:00 - 3:00 PM
1088 Tucker Rd.
North Dartmouth, MA
Speaker: Sarah Medeiros M.Ed
The goal of this meeting is to help parents of students with disabilities better understand the IEP process, and empower them to take an active role in the development of their child's IEP. A general overview of disability law and the IEP process will be discussed. Parents will be given strategies on building effective and collaborative parent-teacher relationships to improve educational outcomes for their child. Tips for addressing IEP concerns in a proactive manner will also be discussed. The meeting with conclude with a Q&A session.
Sarah Medeiros M.Ed is a 2nd year doctoral student in educational leadership at JWU with a focus on the Rights of Students with Disabilities Special Education. A holder of an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in Special Education, Sarah has spent the last decade working with children. First as an ABA therapist for several years and then Special Education teacher, she has experience in both inclusion and substantially separate classrooms. She brings a wealth of knowledge and strong desire to educate families.
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