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Comings and Goings at the Federation . . .

Parent Training and Information Project Bids Farewell to Robin Foley:
Parent Leader, Advocate, Colleague and Friend

Robin FoleyRobin Foley has been the Director of Special Education Projects at the Federation for eight years. In that time, Robin has built the Federation’s special education projects into a strong and cohesive group, become a visible and effective advocate at both the state and national levels and has perfected a model of collaboration in special education advocacy that has earned her the respect of parents and professionals across the state, and throughout the country. She has worked collaboratively with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the U.S. Department of Education to ensure state and federal special education laws, policies and procedures around eligibility, parent involvement, appeals and other processes effectively support the educational needs and the rights of students with special needs and their families.

Robin is also the parent of three children, one of whom has special needs. At this time, Robin needs to be closer to home and more available to support the needs of her family. It is with regret, but ultimate respect for her decision to prioritize the needs of her family, that we say good-bye to our colleague, mentor and friend. We also extend our thanks on behalf of the entire Federation staff and the thousands of families Robin has helped. There are not enough words to express our appreciation for her hard work, help and guidance.

Robin’s resignation will be effective on April 1, 2010. If you’d like to be in touch with Robin prior to that, e-mail her at rfoley@fcsn.org.