Federation for Children with Special Needs

  • Transition Guide

Join us for Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll!



Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll for Children with Special Needs”! This year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 27th, from noon – 3pm (rain or shine) at the Nature Trail on the grounds of the Massachusetts Hospital School, 3 Randolph Street, Canton, MA. This is a fun and easy way to support the Federation! We ask each walker to commit to raising $100; that’s just 10 friends who will each “sponsor” you as a walker at $10 each! Or put together a team of team of family, friends, and colleagues, with each team member committed to raising $100! Plan now to join Federation staff and other families for a great day of networking, family activities, food, music, games and prizes (and of course the Walk!) all to support children with special needs and their families. For more information or to register visit: www.fcsn.org/walk

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 2014-2015 Schedule!