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Visions of Community 2016 - Registration Now Open!

Dr. Josie BadgerKeynote Speaker: Dr. Josie Badger, Youth Director at the PEAL Parent Center in Pennsylvania. Dr. Badger will present From Surviving to Thriving: Preparing a Generation for Success, a presentation that will discuss changing expectations for youth, key skills needed for success, and reflect on her experience growing up with a disability. The conference is also an opportunity to celebrate our community partners, attend workshops in 6 languages; visit our exhibitors, network with friends – new and old; find free resources; and meet Federation staff.




Parent Consultant Training Institute – February 2016

Register now for  the Boston Winter Parent Consultant Training Institute (PCTI). The PCTI is an intensive training program designed to provide parents and professionals with a solid foundation in special education laws, procedures, and related subjects. For more information visit fcsn.org/ptic/parent-consultant-training

A Family Guide to Transition Services in Mass



Transition is the passage of a student receiving special education services from high school to adult life as they exit from high school because the student has either graduated from high school with a high school diploma or has turned 22 years of age, the age when a school district is no longer required to provide special education services. Developed by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and the Federation for Children with Special Needs, this helpful Guide is available in English and Spanish.

Family Engagement


Family and Community Engagement Team (FACET)
FACET staff collaborates directly with districts and schools to provide the tools and processes to identify strengths and needs in partnering with families and community members; prioritize goals; and design strategies to enhance family and community engagement.

Massachusetts Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals
Learn about a guidance tool for enhancing family and community engagement in your school and district.

Family FACTS on Education
Resources for answering families’ questions on educational topics

Parent Empowerment


Choose the Right Advocate

Download our “A Parent’s Guide to Selecting a Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts” brochure in English, Spanish or Portuguese


Transition into Adulthood

Planning A Life: Making the Most Out of High School for Students with Disabilities – View the 2015-2016 Schedule!