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 as well as to teachers, medical professionals, school districts and communities. Parent Family engagement is the thread that weaves all of our services together, whether from training it’s training Spanish speaking families about their rights in special education, providing information to school districts about the effect of trauma on a child’s brain development, advising SEPACs, supporting special education surrogate parents, or providing support to parents and caregivers of children with special health care needs.
In the time of COVID, we shifted all of our critical services to remote in order to keep our communities safe.
During the last year, we had…
- Over 60,000 parents have attended our virtual trainings in the past year alone.
- Our daily Facebook lives broadcast daily and time sensitive information to our 12,000 followers.
- Over 1,200 parents have contacted us through our call center.
- Over 1,000 participants attended our very first virtual Visions of Community conference in several different languages and our highly regarded Youth Forum engaged young people from 16 to 26.
- We have answered phone calls, emails, attended IEP meetings, advocated at policy sessions at the national, state and local level, all to ensure that every child received the education that is their right.
Please support us 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.