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March 8th & 9th

Transition Weekend 2019

Transition Weekend addresses important topics as families plan for their students’ futures. Topics include: an Alumni Parent Panel, SSI, Estate Planning, Government Benefits, Social/Emotional Needs, Legal Guardianship options, and more. Throughout the weekend, parents are encouraged to network with each other and look at the question, “What comes next?”

Please Note: Registration is now open! Cost for the conference is $150 per adult. There is no cost for your Riverview child/sibling, but please be sure to register them for important residential, transportation, and dining information.


DoubleTree Hyannis
287 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 771-1700
Discounted Rate: $129 (single/double) / $144 (triple) / $159 (quad)
Mention: “Riverview School” when booking

Friday, March 8th

10am & 1pm
Riverview Spring Musical
Riverview School Lund Auditorium

Transition Weekend Registration
DoubleTree Lobby

Conference Kick-Off
DoubleTree, Cape Cod Room
Welcome remarks by Head of School, Stewart Miller and mix and mingle for parents.

Students Arrive
DoubleTree, Lobby
Riverview will transport students to the DoubleTree and should be met by parents in the lobby.

Dinner Buffet
DoubleTree, Ivy & Vyne Rooms

DoubleTree, Regatta Room
Any Students heading back to the dorm must be transported by parents.

Saturday, March 9th

Complimentary Breakfast Buffet (requires ticket given at check-in)
DoubleTree, Ivy Room

Campus Activities
DoubleTree, Lobby
We encourage parents to utilize campus activities for their student in order to fully engage and participate in the conference. Riverview will transport students to and from campus.

Alumni Parents Panel Discussion
DoubleTree, Regatta Room
Richard & Joanne Tavares (parents of Adria–class of 2013)
Kathleen Yazbak (parent of Theo–class of 2015)
Peter & Michelle Lavigne (parents of Renee–class of 2016)
Corinne Pearson (parent of David Hill–class of 2002)
Parents of alumni share the experiences, successes and challenges encountered by their young adults after having left Riverview. Learn strategies they have found helpful and hear about surprises along the way.


“PIE”—Prepare, Initiate, Evolve (FIRST)
DoubleTree, Oyster Harbor Room
Mike & Susan Wiener, Alumni Parents
Mike & Sue will share with you their thoughts about how to prepare for your child’s transition, initiate your plan, and how that plan evolves over time. Their son Zachary spent 7 years at Riverview, and continues to thrive now at age 29. Mike is a professional financial advisor and devotes his time exclusively to families who have children with special needs. Susan is the orchestrator of Zack’s life and activities. Together they will share a way forward for you and your child.

Guardianship & Legal Emancipation Issues
DoubleTree, Cape Cod Rooms 1 & 2
Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., Esq.
We will review legal consequences of turning 18, and review of guardianship law and alternatives to guardianship will be presented. The workshop will assist parents in deciding which legal alternatives may be appropriate for their child.

Health Care Coverage for Adults with Disabilities (NEW)
DoubleTree, Cape Cod Rooms 3 & 4
Amy Weinstock, Current Parent and Riverview Trustee
This presentation will focus on health care coverage for adults with autism and other disabilities. Topics to be discussed include information about: How access and eligibility for private and public insurance benefits change as children transition into adulthood. Keeping adult disabled dependents on a parent’s private insurance past age 26. Strategies for maximizing access to insurance-funded treatments. The information has been developed specifically for families in Massachusetts, but is relevant for residents of other states.

DoubleTree, Ivy & Vine Rooms

Riverview Connects: Alumni & Family Networking Table (NEW)
DoubleTree, Registration Desk
Riverview Connects, our Riverview Alumni & Family Networking online platform, will host a help desk in the registration area. Stop by to learn how Riverview Connects can help with your Transition needs....and so much more!


Understanding SSI & Medicaid
DoubleTree, Oyster Harbor
Maedi Tanham Carney, CFP, CWIC
Government Benefits of SSI/Medicaid will be presented simply and broken down in a language everyone can understand. Attendees will learn what SSI is, who is eligible, and how to apply. We will discuss how much money one receives, how Medicaid is connected, and what happens if one goes to work.

Preserving Govt. Supports
DoubleTree, Cape Cod Rooms 1 & 2
Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., Esq.
An overview of special needs planning, including the intersection of person centered planning, special needs trusts, government benefits and financial planning. The discussion will include an explanation of the roles of trustees, trust protectors, and trust advisory committees.

The Road to 22 (MASS/FIRST/NEW)
DoubleTree, Cape Cod Rooms 3 & 4
Jo Ann Simon, CEO, Northeast Arc
This presentation will focus on the transitional services of DDS, the Prioritization process of services and the passage of the Autism Omnibus bill which expands the opportunity to many who need supports and service delivery in Massachusetts.

One Generation at a Time (NEW)
Supporting & Discussing Intimacy and Adult Relationships with your Child
DoubleTree, Regatta Room
John McNamara, Halyard Services
John McNamara will share tools, techniques and perspectives developed during his 28 years in the field as a social coach supporting adults and adolescents with complex disabilities. Using experience and humor, he will discuss how to build a conversation with your children that supports their relationships and intimacy, with an emphasis on health, safety and respect.

End of Conference

Students Arrive
DoubleTree, Lobby
Parents should meet their student in the lobby. The Riverview Campus will be closed promptly at 4:00pm for Spring Break.

NEW: New topic this year
MASS: Intended for Massachusetts Families
FIRST: Recommended for First Time Attendees

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