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Planning a Life:
Making the Most out of High School
A Two Day Transition Conference

High school is a time when all students need to be actively involved in planning for their future. At this critical juncture, students and families must be informed, proactive, involved and hopeful. The transition process can be overwhelming for families because resources and information on transition planning are often difficult to find.

Planning a Life: Making the Most out of High School is a two day conference packed with Transition planning information and resources for and about students in special education ages 14-22. Topics include:

  • VISION Development
  • Self Advocacy & Self Determination
  • Employment, Housing and Postsecondary Options
  • Transition Planning Form
  • Transition Assessments
  • Community Connections and more...

Transition planning needs to be on schedule to insure a systematic and purposeful educational experience.

Plan now to attend and find out "what you need to know, when you need to ask about it and who you need to go to for answers." Our goal is to build a statewide network of proactive knowledgeable parents, professionals and local school districts working in partnership to develop individualized Transition goals and student driven IEPs. Planning A Life is scheduled from 8:30am 4:30pm on a Friday and Saturday throughout Massachusetts during the school year. Conference dates and site locations for the current 2014 - 2015 school year are listed below.


Planning A Life 2015 dates and locations:

  • Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24, 2015
    Federation for Children with Special Needs
    The Schrafft Center
    529 Main Street, Suite 1M3
    Boston, MA 02129

  • Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28, 2015
    Seven Hills Foundation
    Brazelton Conference Center
    81 Hope Avenue
    Worcester, MA 01603

  • Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, 2015
    Holyoke Community College
    Kittredge Center
    303 Homestead Avenue
    Holyoke, MA 01040

Registration for this conference is $125 per person or $175 per family. Professional fee is $175. Space is limited to 55 participants in Worcester and 40 participants in Boston.

FCSN Planning A Life conference is open to families, educators and other professionals. Families can apply for scholarships available through the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC). Call 617-770-7676 or visit the Council Empowerment Funds Program Web site.

For more information contact Terri McLaughlin, Transition Specialist, Boston Office 617- 236-7210 x 336 or

You can find great Transition resources on the FCSN Transition page, including the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Transition Planning Form.


Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Schrafft Center
529 Main Street, Suite 1102
Boston, MA 02129

Phone: (617) 236-7210,
MA Toll-Free: (800) 331-0688
Fax: (617) 241-0330

Satellite Offices:

Western MA
(413) 323-0681