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Federation for Children with Special Needs

4th Annual Walk, Roll, Shobble, Stroll!


Join us on Sunday, September 25th for the Federation’s 4th annual fundraising walk, Walk, Roll, Shobble, Stroll! Enjoy a fun, family-friendly afternoon with games, food, DJ, arts and crafts, a picnic, prizes and more!! Register Today!

Gala 2016 – Celebrating Every Child


Many thanks to all who joined us for Gala 2016 – Celebrating Every Child! It was a wonderful evening and successful event! View event photos!

Visions of Community 2016


Thank you to everyone who helped make Visions of Community 2016 our most successful conference yet!

Dr. Josie Badger Keynote Speaker Dr. Josie Badger, Youth Director at the PEAL Parent Center in Pennsylvania, presented From Surviving to Thriving: Preparing a Generation for Success, a presentation that discussed changing expectations for youth, key skills needed for success, and reflect on her experience growing up with a disability. The conference celebrated our community partners, and offered workshops in 6 languages. It also provided an opportunity to visit exhibitors, network with friends – new and old; find free resources; and meet Federation staff. If you weren’t able to attend, video of the keynote address, information about our Community Partnership Award recipients, and a selection of workshop presentations/handouts are available in PDF format on our website.

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 2016-2017 Schedule!