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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!

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.


Gala 2019: Celebrating Every Child



On May 17 at the Westin, Waterfront in Boston, over 375 guests enjoyed a wonderful evening that started off with a cocktail reception, and silent auction! We raised over $200,000 to support the Federation’s work. Thank you to everyone who joined us! Click here for more information and to view photos. 


Support the Federation!


The Federation gives families the tools they need to support their children.  Ana reached out to the Federation after her son, Igor, was diagnosed with Autism. She 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!