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WIOA Student and Family Support Project

The WIOA Student and Family Support Project is a collaborative initiative at the Federation for Children with Special Needs and supported by Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC). The project is tailored to the needs of students with disabilities ages 16-22 and their families. The WIOA Student and Family Support Project has Transition Family Support Specialists throughout the state of Massachusetts to act as liaisons to MRC Area offices along with supporting students with disabilities and their families. To contact the WIOA Student and Family Support Project please email: wioa@fcsn.org

The WIOA Student and Family Support Project has three main goals:

  • Partnership with MRC Area offices to offer transition trainings to families and professionals
  • Transition technical assistance through website, webinars, workshops, materials, and phone calls
  • Referral-based, face-to-face transition support for eligible students and families

GOAL 1: Partnership with MRC Area offices to offer transition trainings to family and professionals

  • Trainings available for MRC professionals, Pre-Employment Transition Services Vendors, Community Partners, Schools and Families
  • Workshops topics include:
    • Introduction to the Transition Planning Process
    • Creating a Postsecondary Vision
    • Next Steps: Connecting to Supports and Services as a Young Adult

GOAL 2: Transition technical assistance through website, webinars, workshops, materials, and phone calls

  • Call Center for general transition questions or to learn more about the Project: 617-236-7210

GOAL 3: Referral-based, face-to-face transition support for eligible students and families

  • Face to face meeting with Transition Family Support Specialists
  • Must be vocational rehabilitation eligible
  • Referrals must come from MRC staff and counselors
    • Including: person centered planning, goal setting support, connecting to resources and increasing knowledge around planning for a life after high school
    • Three Statewide Transition Family Support Specialists and Outreach Team (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Portuguese)