The Arc of GHN: Transition Bootcamp


A series of informative workshops to help guide and prepare teachers, parents and students by providing information and resources for the transition years ages 14-22.

This series is sponsored by The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport in partnership with the Special Education Parent Advisory Councils of Georgetown, Methuen, North Andover, and Triton Regional School Districts.

For more information contact:
Info at TheArcofGHN.Org
Georgetown PAC, Shelby Walker
Methuen PAC, Lauren Miller
North Andover PAC: Maureen Ryan
Triton PAC: Renee or Melissa


Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:00-9:00 PM
Fostering Independence: A Strengths-Based Approach

Kathleen Bartolini, MA, NCC, will lead a workshop that focuses on the uniqueness of us as parents, knowing our strengths and weaknesses, and how we can make small changes in ourselves and our homes that communicate competency and ability to our children and teens. Small changes have a very big impact, and regardless of their challenges, all children are capable of achieving their own personal best. How we respond as parents can make all the difference in that achievement!

Kathleen Bartolini is currently an adjunct professor at Northern Essex and Middlesex Community Colleges where she teaches psychology and college success courses. Kathleen has more than 20 years of experience working with children and families as a mental health professional and is also the proud mother of two unique children.

This workshop is hosted by the Triton SEPAC and will be held at:
Triton High School Library, 112 Elm St, Byfield
Register by November 10th
978 373-0552 x 0 or


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00-9:00 PM
Transition Timelines

*Snow date January 22nd

What can families do to prepare their sons and daughters for the future? This small group discussion will provide a guide for the transition years, the process, checkpoints and essential timelines. Kerry Mahoney from The Arc of Massachusetts will lead the discussion Participants will receive a copy of Transition Timelines.

Hosted by the Georgetown SEPAC and will be held at:
Georgetown High School, 11 Winter Street, Georgetown
Register by January 16th
978 373-0552 x 0 or


Thursday, February 12, 2105
7:00-9:00 PM
Financial Planning: How to Prepare for the Future

*Snow date Wednesday, February 25th

Noted author and speaker Cynthia Haddad, Certified Financial Planner, Shepherd Financial Partners will present an overview of the financial and legal issues that are important to address during your family members lifetime. As a result of her experience with an adult brother with special needs, Cynthia has dedicated her career to helping other families address their unique financial planning requirements.

For over 15 years, she has held positions of leadership in a variety of public policy advisory organizations and is a frequent speaker at conferences for individuals with special needs and their families. She has shared her experience and expertise by co-authoring The Special Needs Planning Guide: How to Prepare for Every Stage of Your Child’s Life (Brookes Publishing).

Cynthia is a Certified Financial Planner® and a Director of Special Needs Planning, a division of Shepherd Financial Partners.

This workshop is hosted by the North Andover SEPAC and will be held at:
North Andover Middle School
Register by February 6th
978 373-0552 x 0 or


March 10, 2015
7:00-9:00 PM
Transition Boot Camp Basics: Transition Planning With Your IEP Team

*Snow date Wednesday, March 16th

Pat Pakos, Transition Specialist from The Arc of Massachusetts will describe the federal and state laws that guide the delivery of transitional educational services to students with disabilities. These include postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, and independent living. This workshop will demystify these laws and provide the tools and strategies to develop effective transition plans with your IEP Team. Learn about how a vision statement can guide the IEP.

This workshop is hosted by The Arc of GHN and will be held at:
Merrimack Valley Hospital Auditorium
140 Lincoln Avenue, Haverhill
RSVP by March 5th
978 373-0552 x 0 or


April 2, 2015
7:00-9:00 PM
Ready for Life! When the School Bus Stops Coming

Barbara Pandolfi from The Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport will provide an overview of employment and day services, residential, independent living and opportunities for community integration. Learn from a panel of parents and young adults
about life as an adult!

This workshop is hosted by the Methuen SEPAC and will be held at:
Tenney Grammar School
175 Pleasant St, Methuen
RSVP by March 27th
978 373-0552 x 0 or

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