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Our education meetings are open to all members of the community, and provide an opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers. We are always looking for volunteers to provide light snacks for meetings — please consider signing up. 


"Intelligent LivesFilm Screening and Panel Discussion

*Due to the recommendation from the Needham Public Health Department, we have cancelled the upcoming screening and panel. We hope to reschedule for a later date.*

Intelligent Lives challenges perceptions of intelligence as it profiles three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and relationships. The film highlights the important role that educators, employers, friends and family can play in supporting successful inclusion.

A panel discussion will follow the film featuring:

  • John Byrne, Senior Director of Employment and Day Services, Charles River Center
  • Erin Gibbons, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist, NESCA
  • Brian Ziman, BCBA, Needham High School
We hope you can join us as we consider what we can do to make our community more inclusive for people of all abilities. 

Presented in partnership with Needham Diversity Initiative and Needham Human Rights Committee.

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00pm
Pollard Middle School Auditorium
200 Harris Ave, Needham, MA


"Needham's Special Education Services and Programs"

Wednesday, October 16
Our annual overview of what Needham has to offer students with all types of needs at all of our schools, from preschool through age 22. We were joined by Tricia Mullen, Rebecca Sparrell, Julie Muse-Fisher AND the K-8 building coordinators.

"Ask the Experts: IEP Meeting Do's and Don'ts"

Tuesday, November 19
Join us as we visit both sides of the table at an IEP meeting. Advocate and former administrator Tina Roy Lynde and attorney Eileen Hagerty will share strategies and insights from their many years working with families of special education students to help you communicate more effectively and productively with your child’s team.

Eileen Hagerty is an attorney at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong who specializes in special education law, and has been representing students and their parents for over 20 years.

Tina Roy Lynde has been a special education advocate for the past 15 years. Previously, she worked for the Brookline Public Schools for 27 years as a special education teacher and Out of District Administrator.

"A Guide to Special Education"

Thursday, January 30
Attorney Michelle Moor will teach families the basics of special education, with information that will help you:
  • Understand your child’s eligibility for special education
  • Know your rights under state and federal law
  • Plan and monitor your child’s progress
  • Be an effective partner with your child’s school
Presenter Michelle Moor is an attorney whose practice is devoted entirely to helping children with special needs access appropriate educational services. She worked in the disability and special education law group at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP for several years, and is currently a partner at Moor, Perlman & Gregg LLC. 

"Understanding Dyslexia and Supporting Struggling Readers"

Thursday, February 27
Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Alissa Talamo, a neuropsychologist from NESCA, who will address dyslexia-related topics including:

  • How to identify a student with dyslexia
  • Best practices in supporting the acquisition of reading skills
  • How changing MA laws will help identify struggling readers
Alissa Talamo, Ph.D. specializes in working with children and adolescents with language-based learning disabilities including dyslexia, attentional disorders, and emotional issues. With NESCA since 2007, Dr. Talamo practiced for many years as a child and adolescent clinical psychologist prior to completing postdoctoral re-training in pediatric neuropsychology.

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