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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Turning 22 - A Transition Planning Panel Discussion in Arlington October 7th

From the Arlington SEPAC

September 22, 2015

Whatever your child’s special needs might be, at the age of 14 transition planning begins. This is a crucial time for families to begin planning for what the future might hold for their child and what supports he or she may need when they enter the adult service world.

When:   6:30 - 8:30pm October 7, 2015

Where: Ottoson Middle School Media Room
                   63 Acton Street, Arlington, MA

Panel Members

Crystal J. Hodgkins, M.S., CRC, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. Ms. Hodgkins is a QVRC counselor from the MRC Somerville office. She will focus upon transition planning for students who are graduating from high school and accessing services through the MRC vocational rehabilitation division as consumers.

Kevin McDonough, Acting Area Director, Central Middlesex Office, Department of Developmental Services. Towns served by the Central Middlesex Office include Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn. Mr. McDonough will address generally what families need to to think about when transitioning their children to adult services offered by the Department of Developmental Services.

Annette Hines, Esquire, Special Needs Law Group – Framingham, Massachusetts. Attorney Hines will focus generally on the legal rights of families associated with the “Turning 22” process. Whether you need a guardianship or an alternative to guardianship, social security benefits, a special needs trust, services from a state agency, estate planning or other needs, Attorney Hines and her staff have solutions to your child’s special needs considerations.

Alexandria Nadworny, CFP® Shepherd Financial Planning, Winchester, MA. Ms. Nadworny will address the financial planning pressure points throughout transition and the top to-do’s.

Each panel member will touch on some of the important steps required for success in the transition planning process focusing on their particular area of expertise. The panel will then open for discussion and Q&A!

This program is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please email

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