District Resources for Parents
The link below provides information designed to familiarize parents with the different special education positions and job titles used in the district as well as other resources that may help you seek assistance on your child’s behalf.
504 Evaluation & Eligibility
MERSD Homebound Instruction Procedures
Students who must remain in the hospital or at home for more than 14 days due to a chronic or acute medical condition may be eligible for tutoring services. The following link provides detailed information on procedures:
Community Resources for Parents and Families
The Family Center at the North Shore Education Consortium
The North Shore Consortium (NEC) offers a resource center that can be accessed by all parents within member communities. The Family Resource Center is located at NEC’s Kevin O’Grady School building at 112 Sohier Road in Beverly. The center is open daily, Monday through Thursday, from 8:30am to 2pm. The Family Resource Center provides a lending library, community resource information, adult and children’s books, brochures and literature on disability-related topics, educational workshops, and parent support programs.
More information on parent support programs is available through the following link:
Workshops are held at the Northshore Education Consortium, 112 Sohier Road, Beverly. For more information about programs and upcoming events, including a workshop series on Asperger’s Syndrome, visit the Family Center website at www.nsedu.org or email Marian Myers at email@example.com and ask to be included on the e-mail distribution list.
NSMC Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center at North Shore Children’s Hospital/North Shore Medical Center offers a wealth of educational opportunities for parents on various topics related to mental health and wellness, and provides the following regular parent support groups:
ADHD Support Groups – parents support and guide one another through the challenges of parenting children with behavioral, social, and educational issues; meets weekly in a six week series.
Bipolar Disorder Parent Support Group – parents share strategies, resources, and support with other parents who have a child or adolescent with Bipolar Disorder.
Learn to Cope ~ North Shore- peer family support group for adults living with the drug addiction of a loved one.
“Parents Helping Parents”– Free parent-to-parent support group, follows statewide model; meets weekly. Call 1-800-882-1250 or the Family Resource Center for information, day, and time.
For more information on support group schedules and upcoming lectures, visit nsmcresourcecenter.org or call 978-354-2660.
Northeast ARC provides a number of educational programs for parents as well as enrichment and support programs for children with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The ARC resource center is located at 6 Southside Road in Danvers. For information regarding upcoming events, information is available at 978-624-3980 or www.ne-arc.org.
Family Ties of Massachusetts
Family Ties is a free program that provides information, resources, and parent-to-parent support for any parent struggling with a new diagnosis or decision-making on behalf of a child with special needs. Over 300 parents are trained as mentors and volunteers, and Family Ties has the ability to match parents based on a child’s disability or other specific areas of concern. The Family Ties resource coordinator for the Northeastern Region is Debra Candeloro, who can be reached at (978) 851-7261, x4018 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the Family Ties website at http://www.massfamilyties.org/.
Guidance from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Department of Developmental Services Autism Resource Guide