Celebrating the Special Education Revolution-

50 Years of Chapter 766

Massachusetts Special Education Law

FCSN Cordially Invites to

Join Us for Our Hybrid Gala

Date: September 10, 2022, at 6:00 pm



Row Hotel at Assembly

Dinner and Disco Dancing!

Seventies Attire Encouraged!

Seats are Limited

Join Us for Our Hybrid Gala

Date: September 10, 2022, at 6:00 pm

Fifty years ago, Massachusetts passed chapter 766 guaranteeing the right to an education for children with disabilities. This placed it at the forefront of civil rights for all children. This law became the blueprint for the nationwide IDEA. We are celebrating the anniversary of this historic victory with a hybrid gala!

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



Can’t join us in person, no problem. View our 2022 gala on September 10th at 6:00 at these locations:


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Michael Weiner

Founder Award

Mike is a professional financial advisor with the Commonwealth Financial Group. His practice is devoted to families who have children with special needs. He is a registered investment advisor and licensed insurance agent. He assists these families by creating comprehensive financial plans designed to support the needs of the entire family. He is married to Susan for more than forty years and they currently reside in Medfield and Osterville, MA. Their eldest son, Ben, resides in Washington, DC, and enjoys a successful career and a well-rounded life. Their youngest, Zachary, is 33 years old. He is a young man with developmental delays. Despite the challenges that Zack must face each day, he lives on his own in Brookline with his fiancé and works every weekday at his job in downtown Boston.

Mike stepped down as the Treasurer for the Federation for Children with Special Needs after serving for more than ten years.

Roxanne Hoke Chandler

Patricia Blake Advocacy Award

Roxanne is a Boston native, was educated in the Boston public school system, then continued her education at Lesley University and earned an MS in Management. In 1998, Roxanne’s career in Human Resources shifted when she welcomed her child with special needs into her life. Roxanne was the Family Engagement Specialist at the Federation for Children with Special Needs, where she conducts workshops for families and educators on parents’ rights and options and on promoting parental involvement in their children’s education. Roxanne has a strong interest in hard-to-reach and underserved populations.

In addition to her work at FCSN, Roxanne is a facilitator for Parenting Journey in Somerville, an educator through Families First in Cambridge, a member of the State Rehab Council of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and has also served as adjunct faculty at Wheelock College and in the Family System, Support and Engagement course at UMass Boston as part of its Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings program. She is currently the Statewide Family Engagement and Collaboration Coordinator for the Early Intervention Parent Leadership Project. Roxanne’s greatest passion, however, is being a mother to her two daughters Faith and Ebony Joy.


In Memoriam

Lawrence Kotin, Esq.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs honors the life of Larry Kotin, a pioneer in the field of special education law in Massachusetts. He was a founding partner of Kotin, Crabtree, and Strong LLP, and a tireless advocate for families with children with special needs and the universal right to an education. FCSN is establishing a special fund to honor his memory.



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

Ed and Allyson DeNoble

Public Consulting Group

Kenneth Plifka
River Financial Group, LLC

Eastern Bank
Ken Plifka