Youth and Family Disability Resources: February 2014

Although it doesn’t seem possible, this winter in Boston could be even more frigid than usual. Finding fun activities can be difficult with such low temperatures and a new snow storm every few weeks. But don’t sweat the cold weather, we’re here to help! This month’s resources include fun, winter activities for families of youth with disabilities. And if that doesn’t help to warm up your day, we’ve provided a few spring and summer programs to sign up for now so that you have something to look forward to in the upcoming months!

Beyond the Spectrum

Every month the Museum of Fine Arts offers a specially designed program for children ages 8-12 on the Autism Spectrum called Beyond the Spectrum.  On Saturday, March 1st from 10:30am-12pm, youth can experience the age of Rococo and create their own lavish, opulent object! The cost is $9.50 per child and includes materials and museum admission.

Bikes Not Bombs

Boys and girls ages 12-18 can now enroll for the spring sessions of Earn-A-Bike and Girls in Action programs. In these programs participants learn how to build and maintain a bike, and then take take it home at the end of the program. The programs start in March and end in May or June. The total cost is $25-$50 and waivers are available.

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance

Boston Ballet is having a trial class on Saturday, February 15th for anyone interested in joining their spring session of adaptive dance which runs from March 15th to May 19th. Each class is taught by qualified Boston Ballet faculty and supported by a licensed physical therapist and professional musicians. The classes are open to children and young adults with Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders. For more information contact

Franklin Park Snow Festival

Are you ready to play in the snow? Saturday, February 8th is the Franklin Park Coalition’s Snow Festival! There will be snowmen, sledding, hot chocolate, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing! Come to this FREE festival from 1pm-4pm.

Boston Youth Fund Teen Job Fair 

Calling all teens looking for summer jobs! Employers from organizations all over the Boston area will be presenting summer job opportunities to teens on February 15th, 11am-2pm at the Central Library in Copley Square. Teens (ages 15-18) will be able to gain career development skills, get resume help, and build relationships with BYF employers. Don’t forget to bring 10 copies of your resume and valid contact information!

Teens in Print

Ever dreamed of seeing your name in print? Well, now is your opportunity! Boston’s citywide youth newspaper, Teens in Print, is looking for a new staff member. This is a volunteer position open to high school students that could lead to a paid position this coming summer. Meetings are twice a week at the Boston Globe and interested teens can apply online.

B-SET Transition Workshop

The Boys and Girls Club or Dorchester and Boston Spedpac are coming together once month to help youth with disabilities prepare for life after high school. These workshops discuss how to help youth advocate for themselves and ways to ensure youth are ready to work, go to college, or live independently. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 10th from 6:30-8:30pm.

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