2013 Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship. This is a wonderful opportunity for a person with a developmental disability to spend a year gaining knowledge and professional work experience in the disabilities field. The Gopen Fellow works 20 hours per week on a self-designed project of interest. The Fellow works primarily at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in Boston, and spends two days per month at the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) in Quincy.
The deadline to apply has been extended to Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The one year Fellowship will begin on July 1, 2013.
The Gopen Fellowship is sponsored by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network: Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC), Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and Disability Law Center (DLC).
For additional information, refer to the attached Gopen Fellowship notice and application instructions. Gopen Fellowship 2013
AUTISM COMMISSION ISSUES REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The Massachusetts Autism Commission released its long awaited report on March 28, 2013. The Commission, comprised of self-advocates, parents, members of the legislature, state agency heads, educators and autism experts, worked for over two years to investigate and study existing supports and services, identify the many gaps and make recommendations for developing appropriate, collaborative and timely supports and services. The report identifies thirteen priorities and numerous recommendations for improving the Commonwealth’s efforts to meet the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan.
For a copy of the Summary Report… Autism Commission Report - Summary
For a copy of the Full Report with appendices… Autism Commission Report - Full Report file size 1MB