A Full Life Ahead Series

Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC) in partnership with the Center of Hope Foundation presents

“A Full Life Ahead” ~ a series of monthly workshops for parents and guardians of young adults with a disability. The series focuses on transition, employment, housing, friendships and other topics that will lead to interdependent, full lives in the community for young adults with disabilities.

Join us … Tuesday, March 3, 2015

6:30 – 8:30 PM

The Center of Hope Foundation
100 Foster Street, Southbridge, MA

~ The Big Picture ~

Creating Housing Options & Financing the Vision ● How much will it cost? Transitioning to Independence Maximizing Government Benefits Personal Cash Flow Management Special Needs Planning Timeline Residential Planning Process

John Nadworny, CFP ® from Special Needs Financial Planning LLC. a division of Shepherd Financial Partners. As a parent of a child with special needs, John has devoted much of his professional and personal life to helping families in similar circumstances. He has co-authored the book, “The Special Needs Planning Guide: How to Prepare for Every State of Your Child’s Life”- published by Brookes Publishing Co.

Alexandria Nadworny, from Special Needs Financial Planning LLC. a division of Shepherd Financial Partners. Alex is a sibling to a brother who has special needs and has been in the financial planning industry for several years. She has joined Shepherd Financial Partners to work with families similar to hers and to help plan for your next generation.

Please RSVP to:

Jennifer O’Leary at familyleadership@hmea.org ph. (978) 407-3598
Nancy Moore at nmoore@thecenterofhope.org ph. (774) 230-1974

This document is intended for the use of A Full Life Ahead Series only. MFOFC © Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change www.mfofc.org

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

Attached is information regarding the ABLE Act - which will allow individuals to SAVE money (up to $14,000 per year) without fear of losing necessary benefits.  This can avoid the concern of having to spend down money to keep benefits- (MassHealth, Social Security).  The implementation is scheduled to occur before the end of the year.

Please share this information with families!

- Nancy Moore

HOW TO ACCESS YOUR LEGISLATORS: The Importance of Advocating


Your opinion counts!  Come learn how to use your voice to be heard!

 HOW TO ACCESS YOUR LEGISLATORS: The Importance of Advocating

 Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Snow Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Do you know who your State Representative or Senator is?  Do you understand the difference between Federal and State legislation and who represents your voice?

This is a perfect opportunity for you to understand the impact you can have on your child or adult’s funding source.  Many of us do not realize that the state budget impacts the amount of money that programs and the Dept. of Developmental Services receives to provide services to your loved ones.

This is an opportunity to learn how bills are passed, have an effective relationship with your legislators and how ONE PERSON’S PHONE CALL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

YOU may be that person!

An updated list of legislators and senators will be available with their phone numbers, emails and other pertinent information for you to be successful in introducing yourself as a constituent and navigating the State House maze.

This is an opportunity to learn how bills are passed, have an effective relationship with your legislators and learn how ONE PERSON’S PHONE CALL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  YOU may be that person!


In the near future, the South Valley area will be having a Legislative Breakfast to support people with disabilities. Parents will be encouraged to attend!  A relationship with your legislator is important to maintain the funding needed in adequately supporting your loved ones.

South Valley Family Support Center
128 Main St (Rt 131) Sturbridge, MA

Please call us for more information or to register.  We need minimum of 5 to hold event.


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Creator, My Wardrobe Genius

Autism Children’s Waiver

Open Enrollment for the Autism Children’s Waiver will be open from
November 7, 2014 – November 21, 2014 (operated by the Department of
Developmental Services- DDS).  Intended for children on the autism
spectrum (ASD) aged birth to 8 years old who also require intensive services in
the home and community. Supports include applied behavior analysis, floor-time
and communications skills development.  There are eligibility guidelines.
By enrolling you have the opportunity to obtain these services once funding is
available.  Also the waiting list helps the legislature understand that
more funding is needed.  Those that applied in last year’s open enrollment
do need to apply again if services were not received. Go
to this site at DDS for eligibility information
and remember
applications can’t be submitted until November 7.

* Information taken directly from The Arc of Massachusetts Notes – October 16, 2014