The Autism Alliance Spring 2021 Speaker Series we will feature information from experts in the fields of Autism Housing, Covid-19 Vaccines,Parenting,Language Milestones,Special Needs Planning and Adult Family Care. Parents and caregivers are invited to attend these FREE workshops by clicking the zoom links below.
Guest Speaker: Cathy Boyle
Wednesday March 24th
In this FREE virtual workshop, Cathy Boyle from Autism Housing Pathways will introduce families to the range of public funds available to pay for housing and supportive services (including for those without DDS supports). Some examples are given of how these can be combined with private funds to create housing.
This month’s Portuguese Speaking Group will include guest speaker Marcus Herglund, MCFT. He will be speaking about a solution focused approach to parenting in the special needs world. He has extensive personal knowledge of autism as well as much professional experience and studies in family therapy.
Families are invited to attend the Covid-19 information forum with Dr. Mark Viron, Advocates Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Viron will provide updated vaccine related information and answer questions families with special needs loved ones have about the vaccine.
Applying for Housing for people with disabilities in MA
Wednesday April 14th
This FREE workshop, presented by Cathy Boyle of Autism Housing Pathways, will walk families through the range of affordable and subsidized housing options available to people with disabilities in Massachusetts. A strategy for completing a basic set of applications & tracking them over time is presented.
This month’s Portuguese Speaking Group will include guest speaker Nayara Caroline Barbosa Abreu, SLP from Brazil. April is part two of a two-part series, the first was in February 2021. Her presentation will include a step-by-step introduction to language development. She will also discuss the milestones of language, and where the child is within those milestones, and what the next steps may be.
Please join us as we welcome Alex Nadworney of Special Needs Financial Planning, a specialty practice to Affinia Financial Group. Planning for Two Generations centers upon their Special Needs Planning Timeline™. The timeline highlights the various planning pressure points where parents should be aware of changes relating to their child's benefits, legal and financial issues. In addition, Alex will also discuss the new ABLE account and its potential role in planning for your child.
Guest Speaker: Beth Gutierrez LICSW, Advocates Program Director
Adult Family Care Program
Wednesday June 16th
Come and learn about the Adult Family Care Program. If you have a loved one age 16 or older who has MassHealth, you may be eligible to receive funds and support through the Adult Family Care Program. Beth Gutierrez LICSW, Program Director for the Advocates AFC Program, will walk us through eligibility requirements and what this program could provide for your family. Come join us on zoom to learn more about this program.