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Weekly Update May 9, 2018

  

      This is Nurse and Teacher Appreciation week and this weekend we will mark Mothers Day. I want to thank all the nurses and teachers out there who work to help our children. We honor three professions that center on nurturing and caring. Mother's encompass all three professions. Motherhood means you are part nurse, part teacher and all Mother.
 
Those of us who have children with the extraordinary needs that autism brings, become more. By necessity we become case managers, ABA therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, secretaries, advocates, researchers and depending on our children's obsessions experts on any number of esoteric topics.
  
Autism changes how we mother, any preconceived notions we had about motherhood are quickly dispatched long before we get a diagnosis. Autism changes who we are and defines our motherhood. We need and accept help from so many people who come into our lives to give their knowledge and guidance. People come and leave their mark then they move on or we move on. It is in our role as Mother that WE are the one constant in our child's life. That is a blessing for them and a daunting responsibility for us. If we are fortunate, we have a partner that shares that responsibility, but we are all able to find supports for ourselves beyond the confines of matrimony. 

For many of us the fellowship of other Moms confronted with the challenge of raising a different child becomes the foundation that we build upon. We draw comfort, seek advice, derive support, receive mentoring and find laughter in each other's company. Just as our children are "special" so we grow in our roles and become special in our own right and an incredible village together. 

So to all of you Mom's out there let me wish you the happiest Mother's Day.         I am in awe of you all, you inspire me, you sustain me and you impress me in countless ways ! 

DESE/DDS PROGRAM 
 


 
  HMEA Nominated for 
Best Special Needs Advocacy Organization


In 2016 we were recognized as Best special Needs Advocacy Organization, That would not have been possible without the support of our Parent Organization, HMEA. Unlike some organizations which advocate solely for children, or only for one disability, HMEA supports people with disabilities across the life span. We home you will vote for HMEA for this well deserved recognition!  

 Children's Services offers Early Intervention, Home and Community ABA Services, TRACS - a program to help high school students in transition explore vocational options suited for them and train with a job coach for employment, and the Darnell School, which offers exemplary services to students with behavioral challenges.

After transitioning to Adult Services HMEA offers individuals an array of services to meet their needs.   Day Habilitation Programs and Employment Services complimented by superlative Clinical and Medical Support Services, makes HMEA a leader in serving individuals with challenging behaviors.  A Redemption Center and Helping Hands Florist are businesses that allow individuals to engage in meaningful work. Collaboarting with DELL EMC, HMEA's Autism @ Work Program is the newest innovative initiative by HMEA to serve individuals on the spectrum   for job placement in the information technology industry.

  Beyond the daytime hours HMEA offers a variety of Residential and Living supports through their Residential supports through their Shared Living, Adult Family Care, and Group Residential Services , which are also supported by  Clinical and Medical Support Services.

HMEA also supports families. You are familiar with HMEA's Autism Resource Central if you are reading this, But HMEA offers other family support programs. We are fortunate to share our location with HMEA's IFFS program and the Family Leadership Program . IFFS staff offer their invaluable expertise to center staff on a daily basis!  AFC and Home First, a program to support medically fragile individuals to remain with their families round out the  array of Family Supports offered by HMEA. 

   We are proud to be a small part of this incredible organization. We hope that you will place your vote for HMEA to be recognized for all that they do to support and nurture individuals with disabilities to grow and become as independent as possible. 


 PAINT NIGHT MAY 10, 2018
 


   


   

   


   

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD 
As part of our mission we try to keep you informed of relevant meetings, hearings, recreational opportunities in our community.

Check out the Bulletin Board this week for information about upcoming activities in the community. Spring is here and with it more activities - check out the page for details 

The Bulletin Board is a place to have events that would be of interest to the families of HMEA's Autism Resource Central posted. Sped PAC meetings with speakers, recreational opportunities, classes and more. 

To have an event considered for posting please send information to  Sloring@hmea.org .
 
 CALENDAR

 Register for Events @ www.autismresourcecentral.org 
or call 508-298-1610 Fees for Events are as stated on site


 
SUPPORT & 
SOCIAL GROUPS

May 9, 2018
Parents of Children
Support Group
7-9 PM
 
May 21. 2018
Parents and Tots
4:30-5:30 PM

May 23, 2016
Parents of Teens Group
Teen Pizza & Game Social Group runs concurrently

May 28, 2018
Center Closed 
 
May 30, 2018
Parents of Girls Group
6:30-8:30 PM
Girls Social Group Runs Concurrently 

Legislative Events 
 
May 11, 2018
Legislative Breakfast
Higgins Center - Tilton Hall
Clark University 
950 Main St, Worcester
8:30 AM - 10 AM
 
FAMILY FUN 

May 10, 2018 
Paint Night for Adults & Teens 
Turner Hall 
60 Branch Street 
Clinton Ma 
6:30-9 PM 
$35.00/pp
 

May 19, 2018 
Explore Willard Brook 
State Forest 
10 Townsend Rd Ashby (  free ) 10:30am 
Sibshop Cookout 
12 Noon 


May 18, 2018 
Spring Fling 
Manor Restaurant, 
42 West Boylston St West Boylston 
6:30-9:30 $15 pp 
Parent Night Out 
Runs Concurrently 

  JUNE

June 2 -3 , 2018
Mother's Retreat
Colonial Hotel
630 Betty Spring Road
Gardner, MA
Fee: $100.00
($50 refund upon arrival )

Sincerely, 
                                                                                                                   
 

Sue Loring -Director 
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
508-298-1605                                                                                     
 
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