Youth & Family Disability Resources: November 2014

Now that Halloween’s over, not quite sure what to do with yourself? C’mon, November can be just as much fun as October! Be sure to check out our recommendations below.

MAPVI Disability Event at the New England Aquarium. Massachusetts Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired (MAPVI) welcomes families with all disabilities to come to the New England Aquarium on Saturday, November 8th! Visually impaired children and adults receive free admission. If interested, call 978-339-3789, email or check out the MAPVI Aquarium Flier.

Veteran’s Day Parades. The two Veteran’s Day Parades will both be held on Tuesday, November 11th. It will begin on the corner of Charles & Boylston St. and end at Boston City Hall at 1pm. There’ll be speeches, marching bands, and more!

Friday Night Club. On Friday, November 14th and Friday, December 12th, MIT Best Buddies is co-hosting the Friday Night Club with students from Harvard and Boston University. Themes include Sports Day, Science Day, and Gingerbread Holiday Party. If interested, RSVP to, email, or visit the MIT Best Buddies Facebook page.

Spartan Kids Special Needs Obstacle Course Race. Come to Fenway Park at 3 pm on Saturday, November 15th to check out this awesome race! It involves obstacle courses designed for participants with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to test resilience, strength, stamina, and ability to overcome adversity. The fee is $35. For more information, visit the Spartan Kids website.

4th Annual South Boston Benefit for Children’s Hospital. Don’t miss this benefit at the Liberty Hotel in Boston on November 22nd from 7:30-11:00pm. Admission is FREE. You’ll get to enjoy live music, eat free food, participate in a silent auction, and help improve the quality of life for patients at Children’s Hospital. Call 617-869-4464 or go to the Boston Children’s Hospital website for more details.

“Morningstar Access” at Boston Children’s Museum. Boston Children’s Museum is hosting a special program for children with special and medical needs on Sunday, November 23rd, 6 -8pm. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 100 people, so guests can enjoy the Museum with less concern about catching infections and being overwhelmed by large crowds. Museum members attend for free, and non-members pay a $7.00 fee. To pre-register, call 617-986-3697, email, or visit the Morningstar Access Page.

Access to Art Tours. The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston offers a series of visitor-centered, interactive tours designed for groups with disabilities, or depending on the visitor’s preference, an individual tour with a companion or care partner. These tours are free, but most require pre‐registration. For a sighted guide, ASL interpreter, or other access accommodation, contact Hannah Goodwin at 617-369-3189 (voice), Valarie Burrows at 617-369-3302 (voice), 617-369-3395 (TTY), or email

Assistive Technology Resource Center (ARTC) Open House. The ATRC, which helps people with disabilities make informed decisions about assistive technology to increase their independence at home, in school, or the workplace, hosts a FREE monthly open house in Boston. These open houses are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 8:30am‐4:30pm, and they provide a valuable opportunity to try out different kinds of assistive technology products. Visit the Easter Seals website, call 617-226-2634, or email for more details.

Visit the MIT Museum for free. Museum admission is FREE on the second Friday of every month from 5-8pm. Meet Kismet the Robot or explore the world in 3‐D! The Museum is located in Building N51 at 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. Visit the MIT Museum website or call 617-253-5927 to learn more.

Art is Life Itself. In this FREE program, youth of all ages can participate in workshops and performances embracing many forms of art. The program meets from 7-10pm on Thursdays at The Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade St., Roxbury. For  more information, visit go to the Art is Life Itself Facebook page, call 617-445-0900, or email

FREE Film Fridays. Mattapan Public Library is hosting FREE films every Friday for teens aged 13-18! The first Film Friday will be on November 7th at 2:30-4:30pm.

Join the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) Advisory Board. Cambridge City Manager Richard C. Rossi is seeking two people interested in serving on the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) Advisory Board. All interested Cambridge residents are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Kate Thurman, Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities at 617‐349‐4692 or If interested, please submit a letter by Friday, December 5th describing your relevant experience and the kinds of disability‐related issues or projects that interest you (along with a resume, if possible) to:

Richard C. Rossi, City Manager
City of Cambridge
Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Fax: 617‐349‐4307

 We hope you have a great month!

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