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Upcoming Events


2/8/18 – 2/9/18: Planning A Life Conference
Planning A Life ConferenceTransition planning begins when a student on an IEP turns 14 and continues throughout their high school and young adult years. This two-day conference, held three times a year at locations throughout Massachusetts, offers information and resources for families, educators, and professionals working with youth in transition. The February event will be held from 8:30am – 4:30pm at the Federation’s Boston office. Click here to learn more!
3/10/18: Visions of Community Conference
Visions of Community 2018 Our annual conference for families of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them will be held on March 10, 2018 at the Seaport World Trade Center! Featured speakers are Tom Sannicandro, Director of UMass Boston’s Institute for Community Inclusion, and Melissa Joy Reilly, a powerful self-advocate and Special Olympian. Three 90-minute breakout sessions include workshops on early childhood, special education, learning disabilities, and challenging behavior. This year, we are pleased to offer workshops in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, and Haitian-Creole!

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Download “A Parent’s Guide to Selecting a Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts”

Descargar Una guía para los padres de familia sobre como seleccionar un Defensor de Educación Especial en Massachusetts



Recent Updates


Photos: RTSC “Making a Difference” Conference
Women taking selfiesOn 11/14, RTSC held their 6th annual conference for SESPs, Foster/Adoptive and Kinship Caregivers and their Professional Partners. Three breakout sessions with three presenters each gave participants a palate of options – it was a great day for learning, networking, and fellowship. Click here to view images from the event or here to view presentation materials.
RTSC Webinar: Role of the Office of the Child Advocate
RTSC WebinarMaria Mossaides, Child Advocate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, discusses how her agency helps to ensure that children placed in the care of the Commonwealth receive humane and dignified treatment.
View the webinar in full on YouTube.