Federation for Children with Special Needs

  • Transition Guide

2014 Summer Special Education Professional Development Institutes on Family Engagement in Early Childhood - Registration Extended Through July 14

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The Federation with funding from the MADESE is conducting two Summer Special Education Professional Development Institutes this summer. These are graduate level courses for educators working in public and private schools in Massachusetts. Learn more about these exciting opportunities to explore family engagement with colleagues from across the state:

Fundamentals of Family Engagement in Early Childhood

Enhancing Transitions to Pre-K and Kindergarten with Home Visits

The courses are free to participants. If you want to receive three graduate credits from Fitchburg State University upon completion of course work, you can register directly with the University and pay their registration fee.


Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll



Sunday, September 21, 2014
Join us for the Federation’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Walk!
For more information visit Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll

*”When a shuffle meets a hobble”
(Definition by Chelsey Kendig, self-advocate)




Federation Career Opportunities


The Federation’s Parent Training and Information Center is currently looking for a part-time Information Specialist/Call Center Coordinator and a part-time Information Specialist/ Latino Outreach Coordinator  to provide information and training to unserved and underserved families, communities and the organizations which serve them across Massachusetts. Resumes must be received on/by June 30, 2014. For more information visit our Career Opportunities page.


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.

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 2013-2014 Schedule!