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Special Contest: Name That Directory!

Choose the name for our new online resource and win a $20 gift card!

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The Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs at the MA Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Federation for Children with Special Needs, is developing a searchable online directory of resources for providers and families of children and youth with special health care needs. The site is almost ready to go live, but first, we need a name! Can you help to come up with a catchy, memorable, appropriate name for the site? Think creatively!

Send suggestions to: specialhealthneeds@state.ma.us. If your idea is selected, you will win a $20 Visa gift card! Further information about this contest can be found here.

Note: DPH and FCSN employees not eligible to win a gift card but are welcome to offer suggestions.

Visions of Community Recap coming soon…


Visions of Community 2017On Saturday March 4, 2017 the Federation held our annual Visions of Community conference. The day included more than 30 workshops on topics such as Early Childhood, Transition to Adulthood, Special Education, Health, Autism, Parent Leadership, Mental Health, and more! Visions of Community was also an excellent opportunity to network with families of children/youth with disabilities and professionals who serve them. A recap of the event including photos and workshop handouts will be posted soon. Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, and exhibited…you made it a success!

TIPS: Transition Information for Parents and their Students with IEPs

A series of brochures produced by The LINK Center – a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE).  The transition brochures provide important information that can be found in the Transition Technical Assistance Advisories developed by ESE. The brochures will hopefully provide easy and accessible information that can be readily shared to help explain the secondary transition process (PDF), transition assessment (PDF) and self-determination (PDF). For more information visit www.fcsn.org/linkcenter/getting-started/transition-brochures

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 (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).