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Register now for Visions of Community Conference



Online registration extended until end of Monday, February 24. Only walk-in registrations following that date. Visions of Community 2020 is the Federation’s annual gathering of nearly 1,000 parents and professionals from across Massachusetts for an enriching day of learning and networking. Feb. 29 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston.

To register, sign up as an exhibitor or a sponsor, click here.


Free two-day Workshops for Public School Educators

FREE two-day Workshop for Public School Educators!Training Dates Available: April through June 2020. From April through June 2020, the Federation for Children with Special Needs will offer Positive Solutions for Families: Train the Trainer! Running from 9:30am – 3:00pm each day, the workshop is free of charge and open to public school personnel. Secure your district’s training today!  PDP and CEU credits are available. Positive Solutions for Families aligns with Massachusetts’ priority to enhance family and community engagement.

Collaboration Strengthens the Federations’ Services to Families

Pam Nourse

Executive Director Pam Nourse

Parents often reach out to the Federation through our call center. Some examples: “I think my child’s school is not providing all the services it should.” Or, “My son is transitioning from high school, and we’re unsure of the next steps.” Alternatively, “My child has a combination of health and learning issues. I’m overwhelmed by decisions I need to make.”  The common question is: “Can the Federation help?” The answer is: We can! Read more


RTSC Conference Focuses on Effects of Trauma in Special Education Planning

Over 200 special education surrogate parents and others attended the 8th annual Making a Difference Conference organized by the Federation’s Recruitment Training and Support Center. Read more here.

Planning a Life Conference Pilot a Success





The LINK Center piloted a one-day intensive Planning a Life transition conference in Merrimac on Dec. 6. Over 35 parents, family members, and professionals in the field attended the conference and gained valuable information on transition in the Individualized Education Program (IEP), transition assessment, connecting to adult services, and health care transition.

With the success of the pilot we hope to host more one-day intensive conferences in 2020.

Support the Federation!

The Federation gives families the tools they need to support their children. When Zuleka Queen-Postell learned her 2-year-old son, Ryan, now 12, had autism, she began a journey with the Federation that would improve the lives of her entire family. Her younger son, Dominic, has ADHD, and Zuleka, herself, struggles with ADHD and dyslexia.

“I never want my sons to struggle like I did in school,” she said.

Learn more about their story and donate today!