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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!

11/13/18: “Joining Voices” Conference


Joining Voices Conference graphic“Joining Voices”, our annual conference for families and professionals supporting children with special health needs, will be held on November 13, 2018 at the Edwards House Meeting and Retreat Center in Framingham. Our keynote speaker for the day is Elaine Gabovitch, Director, Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Registration is now open!!!

11/27/18: “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!

12/22/18: FCSN at “31 Nights of Light”!


31 Nights of Light 2018
We are proud to announce that FCSN has been chosen to take part in the Prudential Center’s “31 Nights of Light”! On December 22, 2018, we’ll join with friends and supporters to “Flip the Switch” and light the tower GREEN! Sites across the state are joining in, including the Zakim Bridge and Charlestown’s Schrafft Center – and you can join too! Learn more here!

Positive Solutions for Families: Train the Trainer


Positive Solutions for Families Training

This fall, FACET will offer a Positive Solutions for Families: Train the Trainer workshop at Federation’s offices in Boston. The training is free of charge and 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.

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!