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Registration for Visions of Community is OPEN!

Visions of Community graphicVisions of Community (VOC) is FCSN’s annual conference for parents and professionals caring for children with special needs. The day includes intensive workshops on topics such as Autism, IEPs, self-care, and transition planning, offered in English, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. VOC also offers an opportunity for families and professionals to connect – not just with each other, but with the statewide vendors and service providers in our Exhibit Hall.

Registration is $95/person. PARTIAL scholarships are available – please contact us for more information.

Special Three-part Workshop Series in Holyoke!


Held on dates in March, April, and May, this free workshop series provides training to parents, caregivers and professionals to help them advocate for appropriate special education services for students. We welcome participants to stay for lunch, meet other families, and network. Special education professionals will be available to discuss specific concerns or answer questions. It is our goal for these workshop experiences to be truly enriching and empowering! Learn more here!

Support Our Work with Families: Donate Today!


Before this year’s Annual Appeal, we spoke with a Latino family to learn how our work had helped their son, Igor, who has been diagnosed with Autism. Their response was remarkable. Ana Beatriz, Igor’s mother, 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!