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We Stand Together

At the Federation for Children with Special Needs, we believe diversity is our strength. We stand with many in our communities against systemic racism in our society. We seek equity and social justice, especially for underserved families and children. We speak in support of and stand by the Black community. 

The Federation was founded by parents fighting for the civil rights of children with disabilities – no matter their race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.  We then, and now, refuse to accept the status quo and will continue to pursue real change. – Pam Nourse, FCSN Executive Director


We are Here to Help: Stay Connected to the Federation 


The Federation is open and we are working remotely to provide information and resources for families and the professionals who serve them. Please stay in touch, we will get through this together!

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Get Updates Via Email


Join our email list for COVID-19 alerts, updates, and actions for your children with special needs. Receive our quarterly newsletter, notifications about upcoming events, and other valuable information from the Federation. 

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News Updates


Eligible EI Services Extended Temporary Due to COVID-19

Services for Limit English Proficiency Families

DESE Issues Guidance on Summer 2020 Special Education Services


Federation Partners with Census Bureau to Launch “I Count” Ad Campaign


The Federation for Children with Special Needs has launched the “I Count” advertising campaign toFCSN ad for Census Bureau in English encourage families with children with special needs to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census.

The campaign also included Chinese, Haitian and Spanish language versions. Read more.

NOTE: Massachusetts lags behind other states in the rate of Census responses. The Federation urges everyone to participate online, by postal mail or phone. Visit 2020Census.gov for more info.


Support the Federation!


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.

Learn more about their story and donate today!


Visions of Community Conference 2020 – Livestream Recording  


Did you miss the Visions of Community Conference?

View keynote speakers and workshops through this recorded online live stream, and view VOC presentations here


Federation to honor Dianne R. Phillips


Dianne R. PhillipsThe Federation for Children with Special Needs announced that Dianne R. Phillips, a partner in the Boston office of the law firm Holland & Knight LLP, will receive its Founder Award at its annual Gala. Our annual gala has been postponed due to health considerations.   Read more. 


Stepping Up to Help Families During These Challenging Times


Pam Nourse

So much has changed in past months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, here at the Federation, we went from gathering nearly 1,000 guests at our Visions of Community Conference in February – something unthinkable today – to conducting virtual online workshops with attendees surely “socially distancing” on the other end.

Read more. 

 


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