Events

Past Events:

Adoptive Families
and Schools

Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 6-7 pm

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A virtual presentation for families and educators of adoptive children. Our presenter, Dr. Abbie Goldberg, will provide an overview of what we know about adopted children’s educational experiences and mental health.

Dr. Goldberg is currently a professor at Clark University and has extensive experience in giving presentations on how to create more inclusive communities, health care settings, and schools for diverse families.

Upcoming Events:

Coming soon...

Virtual Book Discussion for Parents & Educators: 'Sincerely, Your Autistic Child' Edited by Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon davenport, and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

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'Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing up, Acceptance and Identity' is a collection of pieces by writers from the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. This book is a diverse collection of autistic voices that highlights how parents can avoid common mistakes and misconceptions, and make their child feel truly accepted, valued, and celebrated for who they are.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 from 7-8 pm

The Center’s two virtual book discussions of “Sincerely Your Autistic Child” were a success with a total of 29 participants. Due to all of the positive feedback following the discussions, we have decided to host a third discussion. More information on this next discussion will be shared in the coming weeks.

Transition Support Group

March 24 to April 28: Thursdays from 7-8 pm 

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Center Graduate Assistant, Ellen Rose, will be hosting a six-week parent/caregiver support group. The group will be both informative and supportive, with a resource handout given out each week prior to meeting. Then, the resource can be discussed and the second half of the meeting will be dedicated to support. The purpose of the group is to educate and support parents and caregivers whose children have turned 14 and are planning for the future. We get a lot of questions from parents about what to do after high school. This group is aimed at answering those questions.

Panel Presentation: Understanding the Transition Process

Wednesday, February 16th, 2021 from 7-8:30pm 

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The Chris Walsh Center has put together a free, virtual panel of experts to help you understand the transition planning process so you can get the most out of it. Our panel of presenters includes: Amanda Green (Secondary Transition Supervisor at Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), Vikky Angelico (Disability Services Coordinator at Framingham State University), Lore Andrescavage (Executive Function/College/Transition Coach at Effective Effort Consulting), and Carla Cataldo (Parent). All of the presenters will share their experience and expertise on the transition planning process and be available for questions.

 

Virtual Book Discussion for Parents & Educators: 'Sincerely, Your Autistic Child' Edited by Emily Paige Ballou, Sharon davenport, and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

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'Sincerely, Your Autistic Child: What People on the Autism Spectrum Wish Their Parents Knew About Growing up, Acceptance and Identity' is a collection of pieces by writers from the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network. This book is a diverse collection of autistic voices that highlights how parents can avoid common mistakes and misconceptions, and make their child feel truly accepted, valued, and celebrated for who they are.

Monday, December 6th, 2021 from 3:30-4:30 pm

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 from 7-8 pm

This event is open to the MetroWest community parents, family members and educators as well as FSU students, faculty and staff.  Discussion will be facilitated by Dr. James Cressey’s Education Department students from his course “Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities.”   

Black Boys Beyond Stereotypes: A Call to Action

Thursday, February 18th, 2021 from 1:30-2:30pm

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A panel discussion on the documentary Black Boys with two of the film's commentators -- Dr. Travis Bristol, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mr. Conan Harris, former Executive Director of My Brother's Keeper Boston -- as well as FSU Math and Secondary Education student Dan Karanja '21.

Children with Epilepsy and Seizures in the Classroom

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 from 12:30-1:30pm

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Presenter: Susan Linn, the CEO of Epilepsy Foundation New England

There are 17,000 young people living with epilepsy in MA, with seizure types that range from “staring spells” to convulsions. This presentation will cover epilepsy basics and help participants recognize seizures, understand the impact of epilepsy on students, and help participants respond to seizures with timely and appropriate care.

Supporting Twice-Exceptional Learners at School and at Home

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 from10:30-11:30am

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Presenter: Dr. MaryGrace Stewart, President of the Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE)

Location: Online via Blackboard Collaborate

Moving from a reactive to a proactive approach in education: The importance of screening, early identification, and preventive strategies for dyslexia and other reading disabilities

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 from 12:30-1:30pm

Presenter: Dr. Nadine Gaab, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, & Harvard Graduate School of Education

Location: McCarthy Center Forum and Online via Blackboard Collaborate 

Preparing Teachers to Implement Culturally Responsive Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Presenter: Dr. James Cressey, Associate Professor of Education, Framingham State University

Location: Alumni Room and Online via Blackboard Collaborate