Transition Planning: Self-Directed Services **CANCELLED**

A student using a white cane, her mother and a teacher walk towards the school building.
March 13, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Grousbeck Center
United States
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Cancelled due to an abundance of caution around the CoronaVirus.

Please join us on Friday, March 13, 2020, from 12 PM to 2PM for a Parent Workshop presented by Jena Shea.

This workshop will highlight the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Self-Directed Supports model to develop meaningful schedules for adult programming.  Self-Direction is a way of providing supports to individuals that promotes personal choice and control.  It is based on the idea that individuals and families are in the best position to know about their needs.  Individuals and/or families decide who provides those supports and how they are delivered.  Jena Shea, parent of former student and entrepreneur, John Shea, will present from the perspective of parent and member of the Council Advisory Board of DDS Plymouth.

This workshop is appropriate for MA families exploring options for day programming after graduation.  The content of productive engagement will be helpful for all attendees, though MA state policies will be a focus of discussion.  The transition team at Perkins is happy to explore how other states plan for community based, self-directed programs.

Please RSVP for in-person attendance only using the form below or return here to watch us live on March 13th at noon!

About the presenter:

Jena Shea is a parent of a child that has successfully transitioned to a meaningful adult life.  She offers presentations on the subjects of family support, transition and self-directed services, as both a parent and a professional.  Her speaking engagements have included audiences of legislators, agencies, colleagues and, most importantly, parents and guardians.  Jena has worked for The Arc of Plymouth and Upper Cape in both the Family Support and Agency With Choice departments.  There she worked with parents one-on-one, as well as, facilitated informational and support groups.

Jena Shea was honored at the State House by the Department of Developmental Services at their annual recognition event.  Her family was awarded Family of the Year by The Arc of Plymouth and Upper Cape.  She is also a member of the Council Advisory Board of DDS Plymouth which recently initiated community action to support a transportation pilot program that is currently in operation.  Jena also speaks as the parent component for the Department of Developmental Services Plymouth in regards to self-directed services.

Event Date: 
March 13, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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