February 2015
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed

SAVE THE DATE: May 17th, 2015
14th Annual Independence 5K Run and Walk
HMEA will be hosting the 14th Annual Independence 5K Run and Walk on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at EMC2 on Constitution Blv., Franklin. 

For over 13 years, this family fun event has raised funds to support 3800 children and adults from ages 1 to 101 with disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and behavioral challenges. 

We encourage you to join us in support of another successful year celebrating and fundraising for children and adults with disabilities and their families.

HMEA Career Fair: March 19th, 2015

On Thursday March 19th, 2015, HMEA will open its doors to the public to welcome job seekers to apply and interview for positions available company-wide. The agency is looking for people who are passionate about gaining experience and becoming an important factor in the lives of individuals with disabilities.


Whether you have an interest in working with children with Autism or joining a team of staff assisting adults with disabilities to earn gainful employment, there is something for everyone. 


More information

Career Fair flyer

Winter Weather for People With Disabilities
Photo Credit: Automotive Mobility Solutions
With record-breaking snowfalls, nor'easters and blizzards, Winter 2015 has presented Massachusetts with many challenges - and winter isn't over yet.

If we find it hard to get around with 4 foot snow bankings and roads that have yet to see a good melting, imagine the difficulty for someone using a wheelchair.

It is important to keep sidewalks and ends of driveways clear if you have a person with a disability living in your community. Whether it's a traditional or motorized wheelchair, these transportation devices require sidewalks to be cleared wide enough to allow safe travel for wheelchair users.

Winter weather considerations go beyond sidewalk clearing and include important winter safety tips for people with disabilities. 

Tell Me Something Good
Even though we still have twenty-two days until Spring technically begins (boo-hoo), daylight savings is right around the corner.

Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday March 8th, 2015. 

Even though we loose an hour, we gain longer evening daylight, especially in summer.

Children's Services Awarded $5,000 Grant 
On Thursday, January 29th, HMEA's Children's Services Division which provides ABA home and school programs as well as school-to-work transition programs, was awarded a $5,000 grant by The Metrowest Foundation - Youth in Philanthropy program. 

Vice President Doug MacPherson represented the agency in receiving the generous check.

Learn how this grant with be used to help youth on the spectrum supported by HMEA. 

"The Big Picture" Workshop
MFOFC Full Life Ahead Series

WHEN: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 
FROM: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

WHERE: The Center of Hope Foundation
100 Foster Street, Southbridge, MA

Learn more


Calling on Volunteers
We need your help at HMEA'S 14th Annual Independence 5K  Run and Walk, Roll & Stroll to take place on Sunday May 17th, 2015 in Franklin, MA. Various volunteer opportunities available.