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DESE presentation to Special Educators 04.03.2020

DESE COVID-19 FAQ for schools and districts regarding Special Education 03.26.2020

Stay Connected to the Federation, we are here to help!

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

Send us your Questions or Concerns – Please take a minute to fill out this quick needs survey to help us understand what is going on across the state during this time of remote learning. The Federation would like to know how families are interacting with their schools and how we can best serve our families. 

Phone: 617-236-7210 or 800-331-0688 and Family TIES: 800-905-8437

Email: info@fcsn.org or go to Online Intake Form: https://fcsn.org/ptic/call-center/call-center-intake-form/

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In light of the challenges we are hearing from our families, the Federation has joined with SPaN and the Arc to address some of the concerns about school closures and the effect it is having on students with special needs.

I have attached our joint letter to DESE. Pam Nourse, Executive Director, FCSN

An important letter from DESE on Remote Learning to Families


Visions of Community Conference 2020 – Livestream Recording  

Did you miss the Visions of Community Conference? You can view keynote speakers and workshops virtually through our recorded online Livestream.

The presentations from the VOC conference are located here!

Federation to honor Dianne R. Phillips, an attorney whose pro bono work benefits many families

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. More information TBA shortly.  Read more. 

Collaboration Strengthens the Federations’ Services to Families

Pam Nourse

Executive Director, Pam Nourse

Parents often reach out to the Federation through our call center. Some examples: “I think my child’s school is not providing all the services it should.” Or, “My son is transitioning from high school, and we’re unsure of the next steps.” Alternatively, “My child has a combination of health and learning issues. I’m overwhelmed by the decisions I need to make.”  The common question is: “Can the Federation help?” The answer is: We can! Read more. 

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. Her younger son, Dominic, has ADHD, and Zuleka, herself, struggles with ADHD and dyslexia.
“I never want my sons to struggle as I did in school,” she said. Learn more about their story and donate today! 

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