MAB Annual Meeting

  • Ivy Street School
  • Adult Disability Services

MAB Community Services Annual Meeting

All are invited to join us for this year's Annual Meeting!

October 5, 2016

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion followed by Community Partner Awards

One Beacon St, Fourth Floor
Boston, Massachusetts


Questions? Call us at (617) 972-9100.

MAB Community Services has been creating opportunities for people with disabilities since 1903. Our highest priority (and our greatest success) is to make it possible for an individual with a disability to live a full and active life in the community. More than 1,400 lives are affected by our programs each year.

Please join us as we honor people who are transforming disability services and talk with renowned researchers and practitioners about high-impact models for helping students with special needs transition to adulthood.

This year's theme:
A Real Difference for a Real Life - Transition Programs That Work

For teens with autism or other learning or social challenges, finding the right school makes all the difference. Do the teachers and clinicians really understand their unique needs? Is the program creative, flexible, and grounded in research? Is the student going to be able to make a successful transition to adult life, with goals for the future and the skills to take the next steps? Too often, these students enter the real world with limited social opportunities, no vocational prospects, and minimal community independence. We’ve invited national experts to join us to discuss what works in an effective transition program.


Brooke Howard, MS, OTR/L, Transition Director, Ivy Street School

Brooke has worked as an Occupational Therapist with children and adolescents in early intervention, inpatient, outpatient and school-based settings since she was licensed in 2005. She has also served as an adjunct faculty in the Occupational Therapy department at Sargent College from 2010-2014.

Joan Kester, Ed.D. Assistant Professor Special Education and Disability Studies, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the George Washington University

Dr. Joan Kester is an Assistant Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies at the George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She is responsible for the online Master’s and Certificate in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services. Dr. Kester’s research interests include secondary transition, interagency collaboration, communities of practice, and youth engagement. Dr. Kester receives national recognition for her work in the successful transition of youth with disabilities from school to adult life.

Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder and CEO, Social Thinking

Michelle Garcia Winner is a speech language pathologist who specializes in the treatment of students with social cognitive deficits at the Social Thinking Center, her clinic in San Jose, California. She coined the term “Social Thinking®” in the mid-1990s and continued to evolve the Social Thinking framework that today includes information, vocabulary, curriculum, and strategies that help individuals with social learning challenges become better social thinkers.

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