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Support the Federation’s Annual Appeal Today!

Your support through our Annual Appeal helps us assist hundreds of parents in Massachusetts, parents just like Vicki. Vicki is the mother of a 12 year old with a behavioral health diagnosis. Vicki contacted the Federation’s Family to Family Health Information Center about a number of concerns and problems she was having trying to navigate the complicated world of obtaining insurance coverage for her child. It soon became clear that Vicki needed more than just health insurance information. Read Vicki’s story and donate to our Annual Appeal today!

Save the Date: March 4, 2017


Visions of Community 2017

Join us on Saturday March 4, 2017 for our annual Visions of Community conference. Choose from 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 is also an excellent opportunity to network with families of children/youth with disabilities and professionals who serve them. Registration opens January 2017!

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).

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!