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My Experience as a Mother of a Child With an IEP

Pam Nourse

Executive Director Pam Nourse


In the last edition of our newsletter Newsline, I wrote about my personal experience with my daughter’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). I think it is important to note that I am not alone at the Federation in navigating the systems that serve children with special needs. Nearly every staff and board member experienced a loved one being affected by intellectual, emotional, physical and/or social challenges and has benefited from assistance in their academic, social and emotional, vocational or behavioral development. 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.

LINK Center: “Transition” Means Trying New Things!

Nancy and Linda




Transitioning to new things is hard for almost everyone, but it can be especially hard for our friends and family members with special needs. Nancy Mader, Director of Transition Projects, speaks with Linda Cohen, Office Assistant, about her transition from using The Ride for transportation needs to using the MBTA’s On-Demand Paratransit Pilot Program, which partners with the ride-sharing service Lyft. Read more.


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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!