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

 

In-Person:

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.

 

Online:

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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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/fcsnvideos

 

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Honorees

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, and she was educated in the Boston public school system. Throughout high school and college, she worked and interned at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. This experience afforded her the opportunity to work at Lotus Development Corporation in the Human Resources Department, where she implemented changes so all job descriptions were in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

She continued her education at Lesley University and earned her MS in Management.

In 1998, Roxanne’s career in Human Resources shifted when she welcomed her child with special needs into her life. Early on she saw the need for services for families similar to hers, and she started speaking for the Department of Public Health under the name of The Joy of Faith…Free, Advocacy, Information Training and Other Help.

Roxanne was recruited to work for the Federation for Children with Special Needs, where she worked for 4 years as the Greater Boston Regional Coordinator for Family TIES, a state-wide information and support network for families of children with special needs.

She later joined the Massachusetts Parent Information Resource Center, a project funded by No Child Left Behind to give parents, schools, and organizations working with families the training, information, and technical assistance they need to help children succeed in school. Roxanne also worked for RTSC The Recruitment, Training and Support Center for Special Education Surrogate Parents where her passion for working in support of young people who have experienced trauma grew.

Roxanne’s employment ended at Federation as the Director of Family Engagement after 14 years of service. Her current position is Early Childhood Systems Coordinator for Family Engagement and Training at the Department of Public Health, in the Bureau of Family Health in Nutrition in the Division of Pregnancy, Infancy and Early Childhood.

Other position she has held are; adjunct professor at Umass Boston in the Early Childhood Education; facilitator for The Parenting Journey in Somerville, an educator through Families First in Cambridge, a past Board Member at the Multicultural Independent Living Center of Boston, Board Member of Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover, Mother Caroline Academy in Roxbury and a Vestry member at St. Augustine and St. Martin in Roxbury. She also served on many councils including Massachusetts Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council, Young Children’s Council: DPH, Massachusetts General Hospital Family Advisory Council, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Advisory Council, The ARC of Massachusetts Steering Committee and the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

She speaks at forums on childcare, literacy, healthcare disparities, and parents’ rights for children with special needs. Her passion is working with populations that are marginalized and under resourced; including supporting new and expectant families when they get a diagnosis that they were not expecting.

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.

 

Sponsors

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

Platinum
Julia Lord
Ed and Allyson DeNoble

Diamond
Bruins Foundation

Gold
Public Consulting Group
Michel Rbeiz
River Financial Group, LLC
Anonymous
Kate and Matt McKinley
Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP

Silver
The Plifka Family
Eastern Bank
Mintz
NESCA
Nutter
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Angel

The Advocates
Robert Crabtree
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
James and Diane Whalen
Robert and Patricia Schram
Holt Lunsford Commercial
Cardinal Cushing

Benefactor

Seven Hills Foundation
Mariela Vargas-Irwin

Sponsorship Benefits

Platinum Sponsor $25,000

  • Name on web site and listed with logo on the bottom of promotional emails about the gala
  • Thank you post with logo on Facebook and Twitter
  • Logo on screen at the Virtual Celebrating Every Child Gala
  • Full page ad in Newsline (circulation 23,000 home deliveries) for a year
  • Opportunity to deliver opening remarks at the Virtual Celebrating Every Child Gala
  • Prime Seating for 12 for dinner

 

Diamond Sponsor $10,000

  • Name on web site and listed with logo on the bottom of promotional emails about the gala
  • Thank you post with logo on Facebook and Twitter
  • Logo on screen at the Virtual Celebrating Every Child Gala
  • Full page ad in Newsline (circulation 23,000 home deliveries) for a year
  • Prime Seating for 9 for dinner

 

Gold Sponsor $5,000

  • Name on web site and listed with logo on the bottom of promotional emails about the gala
  • Thank you post with logo on Facebook and Twitter
  • Logo on screen at the Virtual Celebrating Every Child Gala
  • Half-page ad in Newsline (circulation 23,000 home deliveries) for half a year
  • Prime Seating for 9 for dinner

 

VIRTUAL GALA

(No seat tickets)

 

Silver Sponsor $2,500

  • Name on web site and listed with logo on the bottom of promotional emails about the gala
  • Thank you post with logo on Facebook and Twitter
  • Logo on screen at the Virtual Celebrating Every Child Gala
  • Quarter page ad in Newsline (circulation 23,000 home deliveries) for one issue
  • Virtual Gala only

 

Angel Sponsor $1,000

  • Name on web site and listed with logo on the bottom of promotional emails about the gala
  • Thank you post with logo on Facebook and Twitter
  • Logo on screen at the Virtual Celebrating Every Child Gala
  • Virtual Gala only

 

Benefactor $500

  • Name on web site and listed with logo on the bottom of promotional emails about the gala
  • Virtual Gala only