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!
The Federation for Children with Special Needs announced today that Teresita (Tere) Ramos will receive its Patricia Blake Advocacy Award at it’s Virtual Gala on October 17, 2020.
The Federation selected Ramos for her dedication in representing children with special needs and their families, especially those with limited English language skills. She also has been a long-time member of the Federation’s Board of Directors. Tere Ramos was instrumental in the same law suit that Dianne Phillips was involved in. Together, these two dedicated lawyers helped English Language Learners access the education they deserve.
FCSN-Resources for Families
- Brochures on Transition for youth with special needs
- A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in English, Spanish, and Portuguese)
- Selecting a Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts English and Spanish)
Federation Partners with Census Bureau to Launch “I Count” Ad Campaign
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.
Visions of Community Conference 2020 – Livestream Recording
Did you miss the Visions of Community Conference?
Federation to honor Dianne R. Phillips
The 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
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.