Calendar

Presentation sessions are held twice monthly for one hour on Zoom.  Sessions may include topics chosen by the presenters or a Stepping Up Your Game session to help develop resources, connections, and a variety of skills.

Each session includes time for Q and A. Sample topics chosen to date include self-advocacy, leadership, independent living, literacy, art, music, and culture.

Our presentations are open to everyone. Join our mailing list to receive information about the next presentation. Invitations are sent by email and will include the Zoom link for you to attend.

Presentation sessions are held twice monthly for one hour on Zoom. Sessions may include topics chosen by the presenters or a Stepping Up Your Game session to help develop resources, connections, and a variety of skills.

Each session includes time for Q and A. Sample topics chosen to date include self-advocacy, leadership, independent living, literacy, art, music, and culture.

Our presentations are open to everyone!

June 1, 2024

Give Me a Chance: A Neurodiverse Musician’s Journey from London to Boston

Join us for an afternoon of self-advocacy and empowerment. Zachary will talk about his musical journey from London to Boston, and the importance for everyone to be given a chance.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

May 18, 2024

National Train Day – America’s First Steam Star 2101

Join us for an afternoon of empowering conversation when we will learn about Steam Locomotives and the 2101 America’s First Steam Star in celebration of the National Train Day.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

May 4, 2024

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The Importance of Family and Advocacy

Join us for an afternoon of Advocacy in all its forms. Panelists will discuss the progression of advocacy as it evolves from the adult advocating for the child or younger sibling all the way to the adult child learning to advocate independently for her or himself.

Panelists: Allison and Elizabeth Fromm, Dori and Joe Ortman, Tammy and Alicia Rose

Moderator: Mara Kaplan

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

April 20, 2024

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Designing a Rich Life

Join us for an afternoon of self-advocacy and empowerment. We will break out into rooms and discuss relevant topics for designing a rich life:

Health and Wellness, Weight Loss; Social Media; Keep in Touch

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

April 6, 2024

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Autism Matters

Join us for an afternoon of empowerment conversation where we will talk about why autism matters. Our panel is comprised of community leaders deeply engaged with autism acceptance and awareness.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

March 23, 2024

Puppet Master

Join us for an afternoon conversation and performance with artist Kris Rhood and the Puppet Master, an adult rock group consisting of Kris and the puppets.

“Many people think of puppets for children, but being a puppet master helps to highlight the intersection between people with disabilities and puppets” Kris Rhood

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

March 9, 2024

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My Plan – My Life

Join us for an afternoon conversation with Yvonne Spicer and Theresa Somerton who are going talk about how to plan activities like a meeting or a birthday party. They will teach us ways to plan an event with staff or family, what goes into the process of planning, and how to use our own voices.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

February 24, 2024

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Peer Support and Interoception

Chloe Rothschild will about how individuals mentoring other individuals with disabilities has positively impacted her life both as a mentor and a mentee. Chloe will also speak about the topic of Interoception: The 8th Sensory Sense.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

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Leadership as a Tool to Inclusion

What does leadership look like amongst friends? We believe leadership includes making all of your friends feel welcomed and like they belong. Leadership opportunities are presented at every age at The Friendship Circle for members to learn what a good friend looks like, how to bring your unique strengths to the table at each program, and to share learned leadership skills with your friends.

Join us for an afternoon conversation about empowerment, inclusion, friendship and leadership with Grace and Paige. They will talk about what leadership looks like among friends. They believe leadership includes making all friends feel welcomed and like they belong.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

January 27, 2024

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Finding Your Voice through Writing and Journaling

Join us for an afternoon of empowerment and writing with Michelle Steiner. Michelle will discuss finding your voice through writing and journaling. She will share how this has helped her to accept her disability and to help others as well. Michelle Steiner lives with an invisible disability. She has articles published on The Mighty, Non-Verbal Learning Project, Dyscalculia Blog, Imagine the World as One Magazine and Word Gathering. She has had her photographs featured in Word Gathering and Independent and Work Ready. She works as a paraeducator in a school with students with disabilities. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two cats.

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

January 13, 2024

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New Year’s Resolutions

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

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