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MONTREAL, JANUARY 22, 2018– What will my child do once he ages out of the education system at the age of 21? That question is on the minds of parents with children with special needs. The Make It Matter organization and Inspirations Newspaper will present Transition Planning: When and How for parents and professionals to address this question. The seminar will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 6 pm  to 9 p.m.  at the English Montreal School Board Administration Building (6000 Fielding Avenue) in NDG. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required at

Guest speakers at the seminar will include: Jennifer Grier who will discuss the importance of working with a social worker in preparing students with special needs for the transition to adult life;  Pina Evangelista,  who will inform on the services that TÉVA (Transition École Vie Active) provides to students; and a personal account of the transition process from parent and EMSB Assistant Director of Student Services Julie René de Cotret. The seminar will also include a discussion about housing opportunities for people with autism, intellectual and physical disabilities with Suzanne Cloutier, and parent Harriet Sugar Miller will share the Club ALink experience in building an inclusive community, and housing.

Guests are invited to meet with exhibitors from 6 pm  to 7:00 pm,  representing agencies, organizations and businesses which provide services to adults with special needs, including Agence Ometz, L'Étape, Blue Light Adult Program, John Grant and L.I.N.K.S. High Schools, Manulife Securities, Harold Akerman Accountant, Club ALink, C.A.R.E. Centre, and The Big Blue Hug.

About Inspirations
Inspirations is the hub of special needs news in the Greater Montreal and surrounding areas. Though our print and online editions, blogs, enewsletters and website, we consolidate information and resources into one convenient package for parents, caregivers and teachers. We break down barriers, educate, encourage, and promote inclusion while celebrating the success of this vibrant community.

About Make It Matter
Make it Matter is a new non-profit organization that funds project specific initiatives that support quality education for all learners. Their vision lies in their conviction that all learners, no matter their economic, social backgrounds, or challenges, are entitled to academic resources that will enhance their educational experience. MIM serves as the liaison between the Montreal community and the classrooms, where they are committed to creating a support system for administrators, educators, parents, and learners in need of financial assistance to ensure the success of every child's education. 

Jennifer Grier is a social worker at the Rehabilitation Program in Specialized Schools at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, CIUSSS Centre Ouest de l'île de Montréal.

Pina Evangelista is the TÉVA Consultant and the Axe 2 and 3 consultant at the English Montreal School Board. She is an integral part of the EMBS’s Student Services Department.

Julie René de Cotret is the Assistant Director of Student Services at the English Montreal School Board, and mother to Matthieu, a student at École secondaire du Mont-Bruno.

Suzanne Cloutier is the Associate Director of Rehabilitation DI-TSA-DP at the CIUSSS COIM (including CRMM, CR Constance Lethbridge, CRDI TED Miriam, services in CLSC for DI-TSA-DP) 

Harriet Sugar Miller is Co-founder of Club ALink, an advocacy group made of up parents of young adults with special needs, whose mission is to create an inclusive community for young adults within the wider community.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213