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Visions of Community 2015


The Federation is pleased to announce its annual statewide conference “Visions of Community, a Conference for Parents of Children with Special Needs and the Professionals Who Serve Them” will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. For more information visit the conference website: fcsn.org/voc2015

Keynote Speakers:

keynotesWe’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)



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!