C.O.R.S.E Foundation
Scituate Community Of Resources for Special Education - CORSE
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Current C.O.R.S.E. Programs

Our proudest and most impactful community resource has been our programming for children with special needs.  CORSE offers a variety of integrated social, academic and recreational programs that have customized staffing ratios and expertise so children with and without special needs on the South Shore can participate within their community.  CORSE programs are open to ALL children, unless designated, and are staffed appropriately so that children with special needs can successfully participate in them.  The fundamental difference these integrated programs make is that children with special needs can gain important skills they need to succeed in life.  With these skill-building programs for active and successful student participation alongside peers, reinforced with parent training and support materials, children are making great strides.

For 2017, these programs have been generously supported by grant funding received from the Grace E. Brooks Trust, Evan Henry Foundation, Edwin Phillips Foundation, Massachusetts Bankers Association, Scituate Rotary Club, South Shore Playhouse Associates, Kate's Voice, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation, Scituate/Massachusetts Cultural Council and Scituate Education Foundation as well as our community fundraising supporters.

Financial assistance is available for all programs, please contact corsefoundation@comcast.net for more information and guidelines.

SPS Social and Academic Programs
Open to all SPS students including students tuitioned into SPS or Scituate students who are enrolled out of district; unfortunately, we no longer accept out-of-town registrations for these particular programs.

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Our social programs provide opportunities to build skills in interacting and initiating activities with peers. Learning to utilize these skills more effectively, children build lifelong skills in communication, cooperation, self-control and self-confidence. These programs allow for a combined approach of 1:1 instruction and small group setting for generalization. This teacher-facilitated setting allows students to develop and strengthen social skills so critical to their future integration and success in school and life. Since our integrated programs have been so successful, we offer social programs for children preschool - grade 12.

Our academic programs provide skill development in math, reading and writing. Since they are taught by SPS faculty, they tie directly to the appropriate grade level curriculum. Click here for more information.

Sports and Recreation Programs
We welcome out-of-town registrations based on providers’ guidelines.

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Our recreational programs teach children in a very pragmatic way how to access their own creativity and develop physical skills while at the same time providing frameworks for children to play in a constructive and appropriate manner. Successful recreational experiences not only increase a child’s skills, but more importantly improve self-confidence and self-esteem.

CORSE offers integrated recreational programs in collaboration with Scituate Recreation: “All Stars” sports programs throughout the year and summer “All Stars” socially-based recreation camps.

Special summer programming has included working with nationally recognized organizations such as AccesSport America and Lose the Training Wheels.  CORSE brings AccesSport America to Scituate for an innovative week-long specialty camp to provide skill-building experience in water sports: sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and paddle-boarding.  The camp provides specialized instructors and equipment from AccesSport America, a national, non-profit founded in 1995 that inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through safe entry to high-challenge sports.  CORSE brought “Lose the Training Wheels” Bike Camp in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015 for a week-long camp that teaches children how to ride a two-wheeler. We were the first and only group to bring this program to Massachusetts for two consecutive years. 

Community organizations have also collaborated with CORSE to provide customized sports and recreation programs. Programs have included: Booth Hill Farm for Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Funtastics for customized gymnastics classes, Xplosion Dance Center for dance class, Healthtrax Fitness Club for swimming through instructor Lauren McGonagle and Scituate Youth Center for Tennis through Aceing Autism.  

Please click here for more information about our sports and recreational programs.


Best Buddies and Peer Mentor Programs

CORSE has designed various peer mentor programs within the SPS school district and to enhance our own social and recreation programming. Click here for more information.

Music Therapy and Yoga

CORSE has successfully operationalized music therapy and yoga through the South Shore Conservatory (SSC) in Scituate Public School’s pre-school integrated Early Childhood Center (ECC) through grade eight in our substantially separate classrooms for students with special needs.  Music Therapy is also offered for our High School vocational program. Click here for more information.

Sibshops - For Siblings

In continuing with its belief and mission to benefit all children in our community, the Scituate CORSE Foundation is pleased to host a new program for siblings of children with special needs.  Sibshops seek to provide siblings with opportunities for peer support within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes a kids’-eye-view.   Click here for more information.

Parent Workshops

CORSE sponsors a variety of parent training workshops; click here for more information. 

Let's Go Community Events

CORSE coordinates many family community events, called our "Let's Go" series, a variety of ongoing family-focused events (movies, bowling, dining out, boating and more) designed to provide a positive community experience for children with special needs and their families; click here for more information.

Awards and Recognition Programs

CORSE is committed to recognizing those individuals who make a visible and inspirational impact within our CORSE community.   The foundation has a variety of awards and programs that acknowledge these special people.  Click here for more information


To Make a Donation:

Help provide needed support to children with special needs in our community through a contribution to our Foundation.  For more information, please click here.