For nearly 50 years, the Federation for Children with Special Needs has been a beacon of hope for thousands of families across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have never strayed from our core mission of providing information, training, and support to families with special needs children and teachers, medical professionals, school districts, and communities.
Family engagement is the thread that weaves all our services together.
With your support, the Federation will provide special education rights training to families who speak other languages. Your contribution helps us deliver information on Trauma, Early Child Development, Early Intervention, SEPACs, Family Engagement, Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs), Special Education, and Healthcare.
During COVID, we shifted all our critical services to remote to keep our communities safe.
This is how your donation assisted us to impact our community:
- Over 60,000 parents have attended our virtual training in the past year alone.
- Over 12,000 followers watched our daily Facebook Lives broadcasts with time-sensitive information.
- Over 1,200 parents contacted us through our call center.
- Over 1,000 participants attended our first virtual Visions of Community conference which was offered in several seven languages including ASL interpretation and included a highly regarded Youth Forum which engaged young people from 14 to 26.
We have answered your phone calls.
We have responded to your emails.
We have supported you during the IEP process.
We have advocated at policy sessions at the national, state, and local levels.
We have worked diligently to ensure that every child receives the education they need to be successful.
We inform, engage, educate and empower you throughout the year.
Won’t you show your support so that we can continue our important mission?
Moving the Federation Forward
The Federation is forward thinking and funds donated to our general fund will help drive our work in critically needed areas. We are a parent powered organization and our eye is always on the instrumental role of the family in ensuring student success.
In the upcoming years, the Federation will focus on ensuring information is made available to all of our communities. This will include much needed investments in technology, translation, and media access. Donated funds will help us increase access to critical information, resources, and training opportunities for racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse families. From our first contact with a family, through intervention and coaching, family independence is our goal.
Family engagement is the key to all that we do at FCSN. Utilizing an equity lens, donated funds will help FCSN drive family led solutions to challenges faced by historically marginalized students in school. FCSN helps schools provide an environment that encourages and promotes collaboration with families. FCSN will continue to help bridge divides so that partnerships between schools and families will help children thrive.
Family Leadership Development
Investment in parent and caregiver leadership will help us to foster leaders in the home, school and community. FCSN will focus on how processes and practice in education and healthcare exclude linguistically diverse families. We will nurture individual families’ self-expertise, help them to discern their own leadership goals and leverage their lived experience to help them become leaders in their community.