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Introducing: Our New Executive Director


Pam NourseWe are pleased to announce that Pam Nourse has accepted our offer to become the new Executive Director of the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Pam is an experienced leader who has dedicated her career to non-profit organizations focused on improving peoples’ lives. She has been involved in developing and influencing public policy for decades, and has significant experience in the human services sector. Pam spent the last fifteen years as an executive at Germaine Lawrence/Youth Villages, a national organization devoted to child welfare where she worked to ensure positive outcomes for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. We are happy to welcome Pam to FCSN!

April 26: Transition Planning Conference


Planning a Life conference graphic“Planning a Life: Preparing for College” is a new offering for the Federation – a one-day conference for families of students on IEPs that will graduate with a high school diploma and have a vision of attending college. It will be held on April 26, 2019 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel & Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Worcester. The cost is $50/individual or $75/family or professional, with scholarships available. Learn more about “Planning a Life: Preparing for College” here!

Gala 2019: Celebrating Every Child


FCSN Gala graphicTickets are now on sale for our annual Gala, “Celebrating Every Child”! This year’s event will take place on May 17th at Boston’s Westin Waterfront Hotel, with awards presented to Mark Kelly, Director of Special Needs for Newton Parks and Recreation; Elaine Gabovitch, Director, Division of Children and Youth with Special Health Needs, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and Rich Robison, Director Emeritus, Federation for Children with Special Needs. Purchase your tickets today!

FREE Training for Public School Educators:


Positive Solutions TrainingOn May 21 & 22, the Family and Community Engagement Team (FACET) at the Federation for Children with Special Needs will offer “Positive Solutions for Families: Train the Trainer” in Boston! “Positive Solutions for Families” is a framework for caregivers to encourage appropriate behavior and promote social-emotional skills in young children. This two-day training offers strategies to help professionals implement “Positive Solutions for Families” in their districts. Learn more and register here!

Support the Federation!


Before this year’s Annual Appeal, we spoke with a Latino family to learn how our work had helped their son, Igor, who has been diagnosed with Autism. Their response was remarkable. Ana Beatriz, Igor’s mother, attended training workshops and took part in our support groups. She gained inspiration, and strength from meeting other parents who shared her struggles. But, she said, “the most important thing the Federation gave me was the opportunity to educate myself about my son’s condition. That changed everything.” We are proud to have helped this family navigate a path through the special education system and secure services for Igor, and we hope you are too. Learn more about their story and donate today!