Special Education Learning and Resource Conference.

October 25th Saturday  
Exhibiting 10a -4p Speakers 10 - 8pm

Exhibitors For this years 2014 Event Exhibiting Hours 10a -4p

Access to Advocacy
Specialized in developing Collaboration between School Districts and Families to help all children with disabilities reach their Educational and Functional potential. IEP and 504 planning, preparing, writing, attending meetings and educating families or rights for children with special needs:  autism, developmental delay, learning and reading disorders, adhd, communication and speech delay, social emotional and psychological disorders.  Making your team meetings fair and proactive through education of laws that protect. Kim Carvette, M.Ed.   Norwell, MA  617-312-9694 kim.advocacy@gmail.com www.accesstoadvocacy.com

ACTabilities Jaden Ford
Born from our vision to create job opportunities for those of us with intellectual disabilities.  A business where we make and package products that promote the message of Acceptance, Consideration and Tolerance. 781.849.3033 actabilities@gmail.com www.actabilities.com

BAMSI’s Family Support Center in Hanover
Mary Ann Mills-Lassiter Director. BAMSI Family Support Center in Hanover serves as a hub, offering a wide range of general family support services and activities to families of children and adults with developmental disabilities.
781.878. 4074 www.bamsi.org

Brian McLaughlin LLC, Esq.

Brian McLaughlin has an array of knowledge regarding accommodations, individualized education planning, and self-advocacy. He is well versed with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), combining his personal experience with his legal expertise which he obtained at Boston College and Boston College Law School. As a community leader, he serves and has served on several boards and committees which include Special Education Advocacy Network, Veterans Legal Services, Easter Seals, and the Assistive Technology Loan Committee. Brian zealously represents his clients, researching all possible legal issues to their fullest extent.
745 Boylston Street, Suite 209,  Boston, MA  617-236-5847 www.bmjrlaw.com

Cardinal Cushing Centers

Provides individuals of all ages and abilities opportunities to discover the benefits of a supportive and vibrant inter generational community. Michelle Markowitz, Vice President, Admissions and Outreach 405 Washington Street, Hanover. 781-829-1205

Heart Light Therapies Essential Oils
Barbara Barker - As an Integrative Holistic Practitioner, she easily blends numerous healing modalities to best suite her client’s needs and healing requirements. Barbara is a graduate of Stillpoint  School of Integrative Life Healing, A Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Magnified Healing and Subtle Energy Practitioner.  Certification in Bio-Energetic Nutrition from Mark Mincolla and is certified to teach Integrated Energy Therapy. (IET).  Bgb4477@aol.com 781-585-6292

Lindamood-Bell Learning Center

Our research-validated instructional programs strengthen reading, comprehension, and math skills by developing the sensory-cognitive functions that form the foundation of learning. Christina Seremetis, M.A.  Center Director. 515 Washington Street, Norwell, MA 800-233-1819

Fit Out, an innovative program designed to increase teenage performance while decreasing risk behaviors. Historically, a teen’s challenge has been to “fit-in”, and life is believed to be good for those who do, and very difficult for those who don’t.  Yet the study of elite achievers reveals that they garnered success from being different, abnormal, and anything but average. In other words, they Fit Out.  The program design includes emphasis and training in confidence, motivation, preparation, and resilience. One of the main reasons why teens seek to fit in is that there is safety in numbers. To Fit Out requires the strength of character and self-esteem to withstand the risks associated with being ahead of the normal curve, and the will power to stay there. Along with the focus and training for such positive traits, the program also integrates lessons on the increasingly common and dangerous behaviors of alcohol & drug use, bullying, and low self-image. Students are offered a new and inviting perspective on achievement, competition, and their own personal strength and wellness. Dr. Mark Stonkus, CC-AASP, LMHC, CSCS. Owner/Founder mark@mbxtraining.com 781. 733.2880

Next Step Living Home Energy Solutions
Ronelle Silva, Regional Outreach Assistant/Customer Service Representative. Next Step Living. 21 Drydock Avenue, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 508.961.9773 Toll Free: 866.867.8729 Ronelle.Silva@NextStepLiving.com   www.NextStepLiving.com 

Safety Net

Ralph Poland Law Enforcement Liaison Marshfield Police (Ret.)
SafetyNet is a radio frequency tracking system, operated by law enforcement, designed to locate people with cognitive issues who may wander away from their care givers and get lost. Average search time for someone on the SafetyNet program is less than thirty minutes. Too often we read or hear about the child that wanders away from home or school only to be found days later, deceased or not found at all. For more information on SafetyNet contact Ralph Poland, Law Enforcement Liaison, Marshfield Police (Ret.) rpoland@safetynetbylojack.com. 508-530-1595

The Moody Street Group
Jude J. Kostas, Esquire 774.215.0057 judekostas@aol.com
Foxboro Office: 132 Central Street, Suite 208, Foxboro, MA
Rhode Island Office: 349 Hope Street Providence, RI 02906
Dedham Office: 30 Eastbrook Road, Suite 40,1 Dedham, MA 02026
www.judekostaslaw.com and  www.moodystreet.com  


11am Trust Planning for Your Dependent with Special Needs
Jude J Kostas AND ‘The Moody Street Group, LLC Special Needs Team.
Caring for a person with special needs takes special planning. Particular
needs will always be present, and you must consider and prepare for them.
Taking steps now can help secure your dependent’s well-being, today and
tomorrow. During this Workshop Attorney Jude J Kostas will cover areas you
should consider including your dependent’s legal, Financial, medical and
educational needs.  www.judekostaslaw.com and  www.moodystreet.com  

12pm A Picture of Success: Using Imagery to Overcome Learning Challenges.
Christina Seremetis, M.A. of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes.
Imagery-based instruction can significantly improve reading and comprehension at any age. Focusing on the connection between concept imagery and comprehension, this presentation examines how underlying sensory-cognitive functions affect language processing.

1pm: Basic Rights
Brian J. McLaughlin Attorney

2pm BAMSI’s Family Support Center in Hanover
Mary Ann Mills-Lassiter Director. BAMSI Family Support Center in Hanover serves as a hub, offering a wide range of general family support services and activities to families of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Join area Special Education Advisory Boards for a Q and A


6pm FIT OUT. How fitting out is cooler than fitting in the box.
Dr. Mark Stonkus, CC-AASP, LMHC, CSCS., Owner/Founder, MBX Training. One of the historical tasks of adolescence is to fit in, and life is believed to be good for those who do, and very difficult for those who don’t. Yet studies of high-achievers reveal that they garnered success from being different, abnormal, and anything but average. In other words, they Fit Out. This program, presented by Dr. Mark Stonkus, details the benefits of Fitting Out, the challenges associated with doing so, and the ways to enhance resilience and confidence in the process. It is a new and inviting perspective on achievement, competition, and personal strength and wellness.

Judy Giovangelo Presenting: A POWERFUL VOICE FOR CHANGE, Raising Confident & Resilient Youth. Through this inspirational presentation and Judy's story of life and loss, you will learn: The Power of Choice, How to identify & embrace the inner bully/critic, The Power of Intention in Action, How to shift from competition (bully) to collaboration & contribution, Tools to Reduce Stress and Increase Self Esteem & Confidence, Positive Channels for Emotional Expression. Judy Giovangelo is an energetic, vulnerable, inspirational teacher and healer. She brings compassion and understanding to the challenges of life and provides insight and tools to her audience.

BUZZ WORDS Special Education Eligibility & Rights Managing a 24/7 Digital Life Bullying & lingering Effects Learning & Developmental Disabilities Addictions Behavior Management Anxiety Depression Sensory Sensitivities Speech and Language ADL’s Estate Planning Executive Function Self Harm Self Medicating Eating Disorders Body Image Chronic Health Issues Youth Violence Obesity Social Phobia Dialectical Behavior Therapy Explosive Anger Substance Abuse

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