Federation for Children with Special Needs

  • Transition Guide

Gala 2015 – Celebrating Every Child


On Friday, May 15, 2015 the Federation held it’s annual fundraiser Gala 2015 – Celebrating Every Child at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. The event included a Silent Auction and reception, dinner, an award ceremony and entertainment. Congratulations to this year’s honorees: Anne M. Howard, Ph.D., John Hancock, and Tommy Cooney, Tim Keefe and their Families, who inspired the “Bridgewater Band of Brothers”. And thank you to all who were in attendance and that volunteered – you made this year’s Gala a wonderful evening and another successful fundraiser for the Federation! You can view photos of Gala 2015 courtesy of our outstanding event photographer Melanie Perkins McLaughlin of Project Productions at  https://federationgala2015.shutterfly.com.


 Visions of Community 2015


The Federation’s annual “Visions of Community conference was held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Over 50 workshops were offered in 6 languages; more than 70 exhibitors participated; and 1,000 were in attendance. For more information on the days events including the Community Partnership Awards presentation, or to download presentations/handouts from some of the featured workshops, visit the conference website: fcsn.org/voc2015

Keynote Presentation: We’ve Only Just Begun: How far we’ve come in special education and how much further we need to go

Presented by Dr. Joe Petner, Former Principal, Haggerty Elementary School and Dr. Bill Henderson,  Former Principal, O’Hearn Elementary School (renamed the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School)

Save the Date: Visions of Community – March 5, 2016!

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


Massachusetts Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals
Learn about a guidance tool for enhancing family and community engagement in your school and district.

Family Engagement in Every School for Every Child
When families, schools and communities partner together, great things can be accomplished?

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!