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  • You Can Make A Difference for Families!

    From our volunteer-staffed Call Center to our yearly Visions of Community Conference, your generous support helps inform, educate and empower families with the information they need to ensure better outcomes for their children.

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    Supporting the Federation Improves Outcomes for Children with Special Needs

     
    It is said that if you give a person a fish, and they will eat for a day, but if you teach a person to fish, they will never go hungry.
     
    When parents are informed, educated and empowered with knowledge and information, they are more equipped to be their child’s best advocate. Watch Jameel’s Story to hear about how one parent benefited from attending the Federation’s Visions of Community Conference.

  • Give Monthly

    You can support the Federation all year long. Monthly giving is convenient, easy and, best of all, it provides ongoing support throughout the year. When you become a monthly Sustainer, you are joining a special group of committed Federation donors. Your monthly gift helps the Federation reach more families!


    Supporting the Federation Improves Outcomes for Children with Special Needs

     
    It is said that if you give a person a fish, and they will eat for a day, but if you teach a person to fish, they will never go hungry.
     
    When parents are informed, educated and empowered with knowledge and information, they are more equipped to be their child’s best advocate. Watch Jameel’s Story to hear about how one parent benefited from attending the Federation’s Visions of Community Conference.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Thanh’s young daughter was developing typically until age three, at which time, in her father’s words, “everything stopped”.
    She had begun to show signs of Autism.
    The family would spend the next seven years fruitlessly seeking help to understand and support her disability.

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    Caring for a child with special needs can be challenging for any parent, but Mr. Thanh, whose native language is Vietnamese, struggled with special education terminology, and the complex landscape of insurance requirements proved a significant barrier to entry. A search for specialized therapy resulted in endless wait-lists or denials -if a response was received at all. His daughter, who is non-verbal, exhibited challenging behavior at home, and Mr. Thanh and his wife were at a loss for options to facilitate communication.

    A turning point came in July 2016, when a doctor referred the family to The Federation’s Vietnamese Outreach Coordinator. She connected them with options for social, educational, and emotional support, and even helped them secure coverage through MassHealth. The family attended the 2017 Visions of Community conference, and Mr. Thanh, speaking directly with service providers, was finally able to secure ABA services.

    With the Federation’s assistance, the Thanhs now understand their daughter’s diagnosis, and are able to support her and advocate effectively for her needs.

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    Planned Giving

    The Federation gratefully accepts gifts in the form of bequests (gifts made through your will). Bequests are a practical, simple, and very important way to ensure the Federation’s future. By naming the Federation as a beneficiary in your will, your gift helps ensure that families of children with special needs will continue to be offered support, training, and information for many years to come. To leave a gift in your will, simply ask your attorney or financial planner to include the following sentence:

    “I bequeath $______ or ________% of my estate to the Federation for Children with Special Needs, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Charlestown, MA 02129.”


    Give a Gift of Stock

    Stock markets are at record highs. Make a bigger impact by donating long-term appreciated securities, including stock, bonds, and mutual funds, directly to the Federation. Compared with donating cash, or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds, you may be able to automatically increase your gift and your tax deduction. Of course, you should always consult your tax advisor to see how this would impact you. Please contact our Development Office (617-236-7210) if you are considering this option.


    Workplace Giving

    Make Your Gift Twice as Nice! Does your employer have a Matching Gift Program? Ask your employer if they will match your donation! Please be sure to submit your company’s Matching Gift form.


Make your Contribution Today!

Any gift, whether large or small, is important. If you would like to make a contribution by mail, please make your check payable to FCSN and send to:

Schrafft Center | 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3 | Boston, MA | 01209

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For further information, please contact the Federation at 617-236-7210 (ext. 374) or email our Development Director, Maureen Jerz.


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