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An Important Announcement from the Federation


After nearly 22 years with the Federation for Children with Special Needs, our Executive Director, Rich Robison, is retiring and will now serve as Executive Director Emeritus. We welcome Viv Swoboda as our Transitional Executive Director during the search for a new Executive Director. Viv brings tremendous experience and a strong commitment to supporting the continuing work of the Federation during this transition. She can be reached at vswoboda@fcsn.org. Read her introduction letter here!

Positive Solutions for Families: Train the Trainer


Positive Solutions for Families Training
This fall, FACET will offer Positive Solutions for Families: Train the Trainer workshops at Fitchburg State University and the Federation for Children with Special Needs. These trainings are free of charge and are open to public school personnel and their community partners. Learn more here!

Introducing fcsn.org/sepo!


Girl and worried mother in office
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, especially those who might be considering private or residential placement. Visit fcsn.org/sepo to learn what’s available and what questions to ask.

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!

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 for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Stay tuned to the Joining Voices webpage for registration information!

RTSC’s “Making a Difference” Conference


Making a Difference Conference graphicMaking a Difference is the annual conference from FCSN’s Recruitment Training and Support Center for Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs). The day’s workshops are tailored to help SESPs, professionals, and foster / adoption / kinship caregivers, meet the needs of students who may have dealt with adversity. Topics include: Restorative Justice, ESSA Updates, Trauma-informed evaluations, writing social/emotional IEP goals, Implicit Bias, and much more. Click here to learn more about the conference!