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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News Updates

Rising to the Challenge – 2020 Virtual Gala – View this recorded online live stream of the 2020 FCSN Gala!

2020 Rise to the Challenge Virtual GalaThe Federation cordially invites you to stay in and come to our 2020 Virtual Gala.

No need to dress up, hire a babysitter or fight for parking…. just tune in and learn more about this relevant and much needed organization and the work it is doing. There are many ways to participate!

Bidding Now Open On Our Silent Auction

Participate in the Virtual Auction associated with the RISING TO THE CHALLENGE event by registering at https://ffcwsn2020.ggo.bid/

Federation to honor Teresita Ramos with the Patricia Blake Advocacy Award

Teresita Ramos Patricia Blake Advocacy Award RecipientThe 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.

Eligible EI Services Extended Temporary Due to COVID-19Services for Limit English Proficiency Families

FCSN-Resources for Families

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.