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Rising to the Challenge
FCSN Cordially Invites You to Stay In and Come to Our
2020 Virtual Gala

You Don’t Have to Hire A Babysitter!
You Don’t Have to Buy A Dress! You can stay in your Pajamas!
Date: October 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Families are going through unprecedented challenges this year due to COVID 19. The Federation continues to be a beacon of hope and support during these challenging times.

During this crisis, we have reshaped all of our services. We have been presenting daily Facebook Live for up to date information on special education and remote learning, moved all of our workshops online and compiled COVID-19 and Remote Learning resources on our web site. And most importantly, we have continued to pick up the phone and answer your emails.

As families prepare for school in the Fall, we will continue to inform, support and advocate.

Our annual gala is our most important fundraiser. Please support us so we can continue to support families across Massachusetts.

Location: Zoom link will be sent upon registration
Registration is free!
Register here: https://www.fcsn.org/gala2020


Diane Phillips The Federation for Children with Special Needs announced that Dianne R. Phillips, a partner in the Boston office of the law firm Holland & Knight LLP, will receive its Founder Award at its annual Gala.

The Federation selected Phillips for her career-long commitment to providing pro bono representation that has benefited children with special needs and others.

In particular was Phillips’s involvement in representing a group of limited English proficient (LEP) parents in a lawsuit that claimed a school system failed to provide adequate translation and interpretation of documents and discussions during meetings, including involving special education services. As a result of this federal court action, the school system has substantially revised its policies and procedures, hired trained interpreters, and trained bilingual staff all to better serve LEP parents.

Tere Ramos The Federation for Children with Special Needs announced today that Teresita (Tere) Ramos will receive its Patricia Blake Advocacy Award at it’s Virtual Gala on October 17, 2020.

Ramos is an education, disability and civil rights attorney at Ramos Law LLC in Wellesley.

The Federation selected Ramos for her dedication in representing children with special needs and their families, especially those with limited English language skills. She also has been a long-time member of the Federation’s Board of Directors. Tere Ramos was instrumental in the same law suit that Dianne Phillips was involved in. Together, these two dedicated lawyers helped English Language Learners access the education they deserve.



We are grateful to the sponsors below for their continued support of the Federation

Franco Alfieri
Josh McArtor
Carol Barash
Bruins Foundation
Chicago Title Insurance Company
Colliers International
Cushman and Wakefield of New Jersey
Ed and Allyson DeNoble
Eastern Bank
Mary Ellen Efferen
In memory of June Herd Lord
Holland & Knight
Holt Lunsford Commercial
Anne Howard
Melanie Jarboe
Kotin, Crabtree and Strong
Mintz Levin
Moor, Perlman & Gregg, LLC
Bill and Laura Noel
Joseph Petner
PLAN of MA and RI
Plifka Family
The Popper Foundation
Public Consulting Group
Ramos Law
Michel and Sharon Rbeiz
The Rizoli Family
Leo Rotman
Robert and Patricia Schram
Paige Parisi and Howard Seeman
Specialized Housing
Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN)
Special Needs Law Group
Loring Stevens
Walker & Dunlap
Jim and Diane Whalen
Mike Weiner
Amy Weinstock and Mike Coln
Chris and David Williams