Opportunities

Local resources outside of the public schools, which families may not otherwise know about.

Take a quick look at some programs coming to The Bridge Center this January! Winter Programs are Open for Registration! Programs are for all Ages and Abilities!

Winter Therapeutic Riding Lessons: Ages 4+
The Bridge Center offers year round therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children and adults of all abilities. Therapeutic horseback riding provides physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional benefits to participants. Participants are taught traditional riding skills using adaptive equipment and teaching methods, specially trained horses, and the support of up to three volunteers, in lessons tailored to the unique needs of each participant.

Story & Craft: Ages 2-6
Each week we will read a great children's picture book and create a fun craft related to the story! Tons of fun guaranteed for everyone - the story portion will feature added visual supports to connect with all learners! Stories to Include: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, Dragons Love Tacos by Andrew Rubin, Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright, Spaghetti with a Yeti by Adam Guillain, Love Monster by Rachel Bright, The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

Wellness Wednesdays: Ages 10+
Wellness Wednesdays seeks to provide a safe, rewarding, and positive self-care experience for all participants. This program is designed for participants to explore and practice wellness activities that can then be used in everyday life. Participants will access a new activity each week in a group setting. Activities will be tailored to meet the individual needs of each participant. Participants will learn to identify activities that allow them to relax, maintain a state of calm, and express themselves emotionally. Participants will be able to explore activities to identify ones that work for them. Participants will gain resources on how to access these activities at home, in school, and in the communities.

More programs available on our website! http://www.thebridgectr.org

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This holiday season, families looking for a sensory-friendly Christmas experience can enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa! At Santa Cares events around the country, families can meet Santa in a calm environment designed with people with autism and other disabilities in mind. In partnership with Cherry Hill Programs, Autism Speaks will offer over 750 sensory-friendly events in hundreds of caring shopping destinations across the U.S. and Canada. Look for a participating location near you on Sunday, November 24, December 1 or December 8, 2019. While visits with Santa are free, photos will be available for purchase at each event. Let the magic begin! https://www.autismspeaks.org/events/sensory-friendly-santa

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The Bridge Center's winter programs are now open for registration!  You can see all of our programs for recreation and riding on our website! Camps in the winter have specific registration dates.  Please see the website for all of that information! We hope you can join us this winter! - The Bridge Center Team http://www.thebridgectr.org

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Autism Eats - Have brunch and take pictures with Santa on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 10am-12pm at Maggiano's Little Italy, Park Square (near the Theatre District), 4 Columbus Ave in Boston, MA. Delicious buffet, toys for all the kids and autism friendly. Parking: $10.00 parking in Motor Mart Garage above Maggiano's. Price: 12+ $18.00, 6-12: $12.00, 5 and under $5.00, for a delicious all you can eat brunch buffet, dessert and soft drinks. Tax and tip included. 

Providing autism-friendly non-judgmental environments for family dining, socializing and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges. ALL behaviors are welcomed!

Make your reservations today at http://www.autismeats.org/events/2019/Dec-8-2019.html

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Wellness Wednesdays at the Bridge Center seeks to provide a safe, rewarding, and positive self-care experience for all participants. This program is designed for participants to explore and practice wellness activities that can then be used in everyday life.

Participants will access a new activity each week in a group setting. Activities will be tailored to meet the individual needs of each participant. Participants will learn to identify activities that allow them to relax, maintain a state of calm, and express themselves emotionally. Participants will be able to explore activities to identify ones that work for them. Participants will gain resources on how to access these activities at home, in school, and in the communities. More information: http://www.thebridgectr.org/programs.aspx?id=372

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TRANSITION FAIR at Duxbury High School on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 12-3pm.

WELCOME STUDENTS AND FAMILIES Information about services for post-high school life: Adult ServicesAgencies, CollegePrograms, Adult Transition Programs, Independent Living Services, Vocational and Career Training, and more.

MORE INFORMATION EMAIL: ehintz@duxbury.k12.ma.us

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Free Transition Series Offerings

The transition of a child to adulthood can make any parent nervous, but the challenges faced by parents of a child with special needs often makes this journey more complicated. This multi-part workshop series introduces participants to the principles of transition needs, services, and resources. The content of these workshops will relate specifically to those individuals who are moving through the transition from middle/high school to post-secondary settings. Participants will have the opportunity to learn specific information about creating independence, navigating services and accessing resources. The target audience for this series is individuals, parents, administrators, and educators.

How Do You Get Through the Process? SSI and Guardianship: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Pilgrim Academy, 42 Industrial Park Road in Plymouth, MA 02360. No Cost. Pre-registration required by Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

After 22 Resources: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Pilgrim Academy, 42 Industrial Park Road in Plymouth, MA 02360. No Cost. Pre-registration required by Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Leisure and Recreation Fair: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Pilgrim Academy, 42 Industrial Park Road in Plymouth, MA 02360. No Cost. Pre-registration required by Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Independent Living Options: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 pm  at Pilgrim Academy, 42 Industrial Park Road in Plymouth, MA 02360. No Cost. Pre-registration required by February 18, 2020.

College Night. Is your child ready for College? Do you know what to Expect?: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Pilgrim Academy, 42 Industrial Park Road in Plymouth, MA 02360. No Cost. Pre-registration required by March, Tuesday 17, 2020.

Pilgrim Area Collaborative, 120 Center Street, Pembroke, MA 02359, https://www.pilgrimac.org/

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Y-ABILITY PROGRAMS ADAPTIVE PROGRAMMING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: OCTOBER 6 - DECEMBER 21, 2019*  (*No classes Oct. 31, Nov. 11, & Nov. 28-Dec. 1)

Old Colony Y welcomes people of all ages and abilities.  We provide a variety of adaptive programs designed to engage children with Autism, Asperger's, Down syndrome, and their families.  Developed for parents, by parents, Y-Ability is offered at no cost in all 7 of our branches.

Y-ABILITY PROGRAMS: DRUMBEAT-ABILITY, FIT-ABILITY, SWIM-ABILITY, ARTS, CRAFTS, & GAMES, FITNESS FUN-OBSTACLE COURSES, and TEAM-ABILITY PROGRAMS.

Contact your local branch for more information or view your branch's program brochure.

OLD COLONY YMCA STOUGHTON BRANCH, 445 Central Street, Stoughton, MA 02072, 781-341-2016, https://www.oldcolonyymca.org/programs/adaptive

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The Bridge Center will be hosting a Columbus Day Mini Horse Camp for our Horse Lovers out there!  No prior horse experience is needed to attend this program, just an interest and love of our horses! The camp is Monday October 14, 2019 from 9:00am - 12:00pm for campers 8-14 years old. Campers will ride and participate in unmounted activities covering topics including stable management, equine anatomy, wound care, grooming and tacking, and other horsemanship skills. The Single Day Holiday Horse Camps provide our campers with a well-rounded equine education.

Register online. The Bridge Center, 470 Pine Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324

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Basic Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility provides an introduction of the complex special education laws and procedures.

Basic Rights Workshop specifically for Private/Religious Schools is being hosted by Shaloh House Chabad Community Outreach. We invite all parents and staff of Private/Religious Schools to attend this presentation designed to teach what is available, the process, and how to access the services or accommodations for children attending Private/Religious schools.

Shaloh House Chabad, 50 Ethyl Way, Stoughton, MA 02072

Monday, November 4, 2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. RSVP to shalohhouse@shalohhouse.com or call 781-344-6334. $5.00 suggested donation

For more information about the educational workshops available from The Federation for Children with Special Needs, please visit us at fcsn.org/ptic/workshops or email: workshops@fcsn.org

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The Fall Programs at The Bridge Center are open for registration on our website! Our Fall Session will run from September 2019 - December 2019. Please be sure to register early to secure your spot!

Social Adventures: Children receive social skill instructions/social thinking strategies and have the opportunity to practice these skills in structured, small group activities. Counselors provide social coaching throughout each session with a focus on developing friendships.

Bounce-N-Boogie: Jump your way to fun and fitness on a personal trampoline while listening to your favorite hits. No dance skills required! A perfect activity to burn energy and get the whole body moving.

Drums Alive! Drums Alive is an inclusive program that strives to promote physical, kinesthetic, emotional, and cognitive growth for ALL ages! This is a "brain and body" work out!

Worry Warriors: This program is designed for children with anxiety and related disorders to develop coping skills and practice different strategies in a group setting.

The Bridge Center, 470 Pine Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324

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JOIN US FOR SENSORY FRIENDLY SUNDAY AT DAVE & BUSTER’S BRAINTREE!
DATE: Sunday, September 15th, 2019 
TIME: 9 am—11 am (we open to the public at 11 am) 
*Kitchen will be open for full service at 10 am 
LOCATION: Dave & Buster’s near South Shore Plaza 
250 Granite St., Braintree, MA 02184 
EVENT LINK: https://dbbraintree-sfs.eventbrite.com 

We’ll be turning off our house music and TVs as well as dimming the lights to help turn up the fun! Our games have to stick to a certain volume, but we’ll also have a decompression room available!

Select a power card with 60 chips ($15) or 125 chips ($25) for redemption games, unlimited video game play for non-redemption games and a raffle ticket for an EPIC gift basket! 

Use the Link above to purchase tickets! 
Questions? Email Madison.Hannon@daveandbusters.com

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Reset Your Schedule for School: How to Create a Calmer, Happier, Easier Routine
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1pm with Caroline Maguire, ACCG, PCC, M.Ed.
The transition from a less-structured summer back to the school groove is rarely smooth. In this practical webinar, learn why rough mornings are usually tied to executive function weaknesses, how to collaborate with your child on better routines, how to stay calm during the morning rush, and more.

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Abilities Expo at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Hall C
September 13-15, 2019: Friday 1-5:00, Saturday 11:00-5:00, Sunday 11:00-4:00
Beantown's disability community is way too wicked smaht to miss the game-changing opportunities at Abilities Expo. It could be the products and tech. It could be the chance to play sled hockey or check out the newly upgrade wheelchair skateboard. It could be the workshops or connections you make with others in the disability community. It's free, so join us and register today.