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Advancing Parent Professional Leadership in Education (APPLE)

Want to build a more effective support organization for parents of children with special needs? Are you ready to take your Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) to the next level of excellence?


The Federation for Children with Special Needs and MassPAC, with support from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, are offering a 3-day FREE leadership training program for up to 6 school district teams. District teams should consist of three parents and a district special education administrator or designee. Participants will learn and apply collaborative leadership skills and develop team action plans for increasing parent involvement in the district.For more information about this leadership conference visit http://fcsn.org/apple/


APPLE will be held on April 11-13, 2017 at the Edward House Retreat Center in Framingham, MA. The Institute runs from approximately 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM each day.

SPACE IS LIMITED – sign up your team today!

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).