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3/10/18: Visions of Community Conference
Visions of Community 2018 Our annual conference for families of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them will be held on March 10, 2018 at the Seaport World Trade Center! Featured speakers are Tom Sannicandro, Director of UMass Boston’s Institute for Community Inclusion, and Melissa Joy Reilly, a powerful self-advocate and Special Olympian. Three 90-minute breakout sessions include workshops on early childhood, special education, learning disabilities, and challenging behavior. This year, we are pleased to offer workshops in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, and Haitian-Creole!


4/10/18 + 4/11/18: FREE Professional Development Opportunity
Positive Solutions for Families Training FlyerOurFACET program is pleased to present “Positive Solutions for Families: Train the Trainer”, which equips educators and other school personnel with skills and strategies to implement Positive Solutions for Families in their districts. This ten-hour training is free of charge and open to public school personnel and their community partners. Join us on April 10 and 11, 2018, from 10:00am – 3:30pm, at the Federation offices. Click here to register!

Find an Advocate


advocate brochure


Download “A Parent’s Guide to Selecting a Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts”

Descargar Una guía para los padres de familia sobre como seleccionar un Defensor de Educación Especial en Massachusetts



Recent Updates


RTSC Webinar: “Tipping the Scales”, presented by Joan Wasser Gish
Joan Wasser Gish Tipping the ScalesThe Recruitment, Training and Support Center for Special Education Surrogate Parents (RTSC) welcomes Joan Wasser Gish, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Center for Optimized Student Support at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. In this webinar, she discusses her work with City Connects, integrating school and community resources to improve student outcomes. Visit our YouTube page to view the webinar.


Photos: RTSC “Making a Difference” Conference
Women taking selfiesOn 11/14, RTSC held their 6th annual conference for SESPs, Foster/Adoptive and Kinship Caregivers and their Professional Partners. Three breakout sessions with three presenters each gave participants a palate of options – it was a great day for learning, networking, and fellowship. Click here to view images from the event or here to view presentation materials.