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Introducing: fcsn.org/sepo!

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We are pleased to introduce a new section of our site all about special education placement options! It was developed to help families who feel their child’s needs are not being met in their current setting, especiaally those who might be considering private or residential placement. Visit fcsn.org/sepo to learn what’s available and what questions to ask.

Save the Date: Joining Voices


Joining Voices Conference graphic“Joining Voices”, our annual conference for families and professionals supporting children with special health care needs (CSHCN), will be held on November 13, 2018 at the Edwards House Meeting and Retreat Center in Framingham. Out keynote speaker for the day will beElaine Gabovitch, Director, Division of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Stay tuned to the Joining Voices webpage for registration information!

FREE Professional Development for Public Educators!

1809_FACET_ProfDev_Prek_graphicThrough a grant provided by the Department for Elementary and Secondary Education, we are pleased to present an opportunity for early childhood educators working in Massachusetts public schools to explore latest research, discover new strategies that work, and re-energize their practice in working with families! Our Fall / Winter Series: Partnering with Families of Young Children Transitioning to Public Pre-K and Kindergarten will be offered as a three-credit graduate course from Fitchburg State University. The (mostly) online course begins on October 20, 2018 and runs through February 9, 2019. Learn more about this professional development series here!

Planning a Life Transition Conference


Planing a Life Conference graphicOn October 25 and 26, the Link Center will hold its Planning a Life (PAL) conference for families, educators, and professionals serving youth aged 14-22. Topics include creating a vision for life beyond high school, Transition laws and assessments, post-secondary Eeucation and career preparation, and community connections. Click here to read more about the conference!

Recent Updates


RTSC Webinar: “Agreeing to Disagree, How to Effectively Resolve Disputes with School Districts”, presented by Kevin A. Domingos, Ph. D., and Daniel T.S. Heffernan, Esq.
Joan Wasser Gish Tipping the Scales Our guests discuss the available services and process for parents who request an Independent Neuropsychological Evaluation, as well as children’s educational rights. Visit our YouTube page to view the webinar.