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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.  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.