Nantucket Seminars

Healthcare on Nantucket: Everything you Need to Know 
Thursday, March 27th 
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location TBD

Presented by Alex Rosenberg and Kathy Butterworth, Nantucket Cottage Hospital Healthcare Advocates, co-sponsored by Autism Speaks and Family Support Services
Registration:; 646.341.3043;; 508.693.7900, x 249

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! Forum and Book Signing 
Wednesday, April 16th
6:30-8:30 pm
NHS/Large Group Instruction Room

If you could use some laughter in your life, please join us for this fun parent forum!
For parents of average, special or different kids. Includes light refreshments. Sisters Gina Gallagher and Patty Konjoian, who wrote “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children,” travel the country with their hilarious perspective of how “life is a whole lot more interesting when you are living in an imperfect world.” Gina’s daughter has Bi-Polar Disorder and Patty’s is on the Autism Spectrum, and together they have found the humor in their lives.

Co-Sponsored by Autism Speaks, Family Support Services, Nantucket Public Schools and Nantucket S.T.A.R. Registration:; 646.341.3043;; 508.693.7900, x 249.

(Earlier in the day, the authors will conduct a professional development workshop for elementary and middle school faculty, “The IEP Meeting From the Parents’ Perspective.” Universities are using this workshop as a tool in their special education curriculum.)

Supporting a Loved One Coping with Depression, Anxiety, OCD  and Other Neurological Disorders – and Caring for You 
Tuesday, April 29th
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location TBA

Presented by Ron Holmes, Executive Director of the Cape & Islands Chapter of National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)

Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC) 
SNAC, which is Nantucket’s state-mandated Parent Advisory Council (PAC), is now under the leadership of parents Heidi Fee and Amy Ravitz. Every school district in MA is required to have a PAC to provide a parent voice in local special education matters. Heidi and Amy have scheduled the public meetings so that the first portion will serve as a forum for information sharing and Q&A with Nancy Miller, NPS Special Services Director, or other pertinent personnel; and the second part of the meeting will be conducted as a parent support group with facilitator Amy Ravitz, who is also an advocate.

SNAC meets the third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, followed by the parent support group, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. 

For more information, please contact Heidi, 508.228.5526.

The Nantucket Autism Speaks Resource Center programs are open to individuals of any age and with any special need, not limited to autism.

To RSVP and for more information, please contact Kim Horyn, Director, Nantucket Autism Speaks Resource Center at or 646-341-3043.