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WIOA Student and Family Support Project

The WIOA Student and Family Support Project is a collaborative initiative at the Federation for Children with Special Needs and supported by Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC). The project is tailored to the needs of students with disabilities ages 16-22 and their families. The students that receive services through this project must be MRC clients and participate in the Massachusetts Transition Pathway Services (TPS) project. The WIOA Student and Family Support Project has a Transition Family Support Specialist that works closely with the MRC offices (TPS offices include Roxbury, Springfield, and Lawrence) along with supporting students with disabilities and their families. If you live in the Springfield, Roxbury, or Lawrence area and want more information on the WIOA Student and Family Support Project please email: wioa@fcsn.org

The WIOA Student and Family Support Project has three main goals:

  • Partnership with the MRC offices participating in the TPS project (Roxbury, Lawrence, and Springfield MRC offices) to offer transition trainings to families and professionals
  • Transition technical assistance through website, webinars, workshops, materials, email, and phone calls
  • Referral-based, transition support for eligible students and families

GOAL 1: Partnership with the MRC offices that are participating in the TPS project to offer transition workshops to families and professionals

  • Trainings available for MRC professionals, Pre-Employment Transition Services Vendors, Community Partners, Schools and Families
  • Workshop topics include:
    • Introduction to the Transition Planning Process
    • Creating a Postsecondary Vision
    • Next Steps: Connecting to Supports and Services as a Young Adult

GOAL 2: Transition technical assistance through website, webinars, workshops, materials, email, and phone calls

  • Call Center for general transition questions or to learn more about the Project: 617-236-7210

GOAL 3: Referral-based, transition support for eligible students and families

  • Transition support from Transition Family Support Specialists which may include:
    • Face-to-face meeting ( person-centered planning, goal setting support, connecting to resources and increasing knowledge around planning for a life after high school)
    • Phone call with follow-up supports
    • Email communication 
  • Must be vocational rehabilitation eligible and participating in the TPS project (an MRC initiative)
  • Referrals must come from MRC counselors