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Gala 2014 - Celebrating Every Child


Please join us on Friday, May 2nd at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel for the Federation’s annual fundraiser Gala 2014 – Celebrating Every Child! This year’s event will celebrate the Federation’s 40th anniversary, and we have a wonderful evening planned which includes a Silent Auction and reception, dinner, an award ceremony and entertainment. This year the Federation is delighted to honor David Bartley, former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and the chief architect of the passage and implementation of Chapter 766; Eustacia Cutler, mother of Temple Grandin, autism researcher, lecturer, and noted author of the 2006 book “A Thorn in my Pocket”; and Daniel T.S. Heffernan, Partner, Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, long-time Federation board member, parent of a son with Down syndrome and civil rights attorney. Purchase tickets now!


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.

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 2013-2014 Schedule!