Free community fair will show post-high school options for students with learning differences

Whether your child with special needs is entering high school or close to finishing, it's always a good time to explore their options for the future. Family Empowerment is putting on a Transition Fair on Wednesday, October 19 to show students with disabilities ages 14 to 22 the different choices they have for their careers, education, and future in general. It's at Northampton High School at 380 Elm Street in Northampton, MA.

Keynote Presentation

The event will kick off with a keynote presentation from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) about service delivery options. Pam Hickey, DDS Regional Self-Directed Supports Manager, will talk about the Traditional Model, Agency with Choice, and the Participant Directed Program (PDP).

The presentation will take place in Northampton High's Black Box Theater from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on October 19. You can save your seats for this talk by RSVPing to Donna Kushi via email at Be sure to RSVP because the seats could fill up!

Exhibitor Resource Fair

This presentation will be followed by the exhibitor resource fair, featuring experts on the topics most important to young adults with special needs who are preparing to transition into professional life. Presenters this year include exhibitors from college and post-secondary education programs, job training programs, day and recreation activities, housing services, and financial planning. These resources will be available from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. October 19 in Northampton High's Cafeteria. If you plan to attend this fair, please RSVP to Donna at

For more information

Call 585-8010 or email See you October 19 at 5:00 p.m. at Northampton High School!