The Federation Celebrates 40 Year of Helping Families!

Throughout 2014, the Federation is celebrating 40 years of families helping families. The Federation was started in 1974 by a group of Massachusetts parents and advocates, who gathered around a kitchen table to discuss how they could organize to better assist children with special needs. From this modest beginning, the Federation has since grown into a nationally recognized organization serving more than 40,000 Massachusetts families and their children with special needs annually.

So come celebrate with us! Join us for Gala 2014 – Celebrating Every Child on Friday, May 2nd at our new venue, the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. This year’s honorees include David M. Bartley, former Massachusetts Speaker of the House, and the chief architect of the passage and implementation of Chapter 766; Eustacia Cutler, autism researcher, lecturer, and noted author of the 2006 book “A Thorn in my Pocket”, which describes raising her daughter Temple Grandin in the “Leave-it-to-Beaver” world of the 50’s; Daniel T.S. Heffernan, Partner, Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, long-time Federation board member, parent of a son with Down syndrome and civil rights attorney. Enjoy a fun filled evening which includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, and awards. Entertainment will be provided by the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance Program and noted Boston band Calypso Hurricane!

Can’t attend the Gala? The Federation will hold its second annual family fundraising walk, Walk, Roll, Shobble*, Stroll on Sunday, September 21st on the grounds of the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA. Last year’s successful event featured a 1.5 mile walk along the beautiful nature trail at Mass Hospital School, family activities, lunch and snacks, entertainment, games music and prizes. Over 100 participants Walked, rolled, shobbled* and strolled, networked with Federation staff and other families and all in all helped raise over $13,000 to support the work of the Federation! Registration begins in June 2014. Please plan to join us this year!

*Shobble: “when a shuffle meets a hobble” (Definition by Chelsey Kendig, self-advocate)