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Workshops are presented throughout the school year in communities across Massachusetts. Federation workshops are open to the public and free to attend. Please register for specific workshops so that Federation staff can notify you in case of any date, time, or location change in your workshop selection. See our schedule to register for a workshop in your area.

Workshop Topics


Basic Rights in Special Education: Provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.

An IEP for My Child: Explains the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measureable annual goals, monitor a child’ progress and understand how the document will support a student.

Turning Three Essentials: Provides information about the procedures for transitioning a child from Early Intervention (EI) to special education.

Suspension & Discipline in Special Education: Explains the discipline and suspension related rights and protections for students on 504 Plans and IEPs.

504 Plans: Explains the rights and responsibilities of a 504 Plan, who is eligible, what it contains, and the major differences between a 504 Plan and an IEP.

Intro to the Transition Planning Process: An overview of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities ages 14-22 on IEPs.

Creating a Post-Secondary Vision: Builds on a youth’s strengths to develop a post-secondary vision and establish action steps to reach their goals.

Achieving Goals (workshop for youth): Students learn to develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills through acceptance of their disability and recognizing and embracing their talents, abilities and strengths.

MCAS: Access & Achievement for Students with Disabilities: Introduces the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and how children with disabilities can participate in meaningful ways in MCAS.

Effective Communication: Teaches communication and conflict resolution skills for parents in their roles as IEP Team members.