From the Transitional Executive Director

Vivan SwobodaGreetings,

There are many positive things happening at the Federation for Children with Special Needs! Each and every day dedicated, hard-working, compassionate staff diligently work on behalf of families who benefit from their thoughtful guidance and support. People, who learn that I am the Transitional Executive Director at the Federation, introduce themselves to me and describe the positive impact the Federation has had on their families. Their stories touch my heart!

The Federation was honored with an Official Resolution presented by Boston City Council in recognition of the Latino Leadership Program and the leadership of Olga Lopez. In October, thirty people graduated from the program.

Oanh Bui and Olga recently had a proposal accepted for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) annual conference, “We All Belong Here, Achieving Inclusive Communities”. AUCD is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
Olga will be presenting at this conference at the same time Oanh will be joining Pat Nemia, Project Director of MA Family Voices, at the Federation’s Joining Voices Conference. Oanh’s presentation will provide the parent’s voice in the keynote presentation.

Other positive news is that Massachusetts was chosen as one of eleven states to receive grant funding from the US Department of Education for the establishment of a Statewide Family Engagement Center (SFEC). The Federation is the lead organization for this initiative and will be working with the following partners: MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Collaborative Parent Leadership Action Network, National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement, Parents for Quality Education, English for New Bostonians and WestEd. Staff at the Federation are excited about collaborating with families, educators and partners on the goal of improving student achievement. When families and educators work together the possibilities are limitless!

All the best,
Viv Swoboda