Newsline Volume 34, Number 1

Development Corner...

Celebrating 40 Years of Helping Families!

In 1974, as implementation of Chapter 766 began (see article by Robert Crabtree), parents of children with special needs involved in the bill's passage coalesced to form the Federation for Children with Special Needs. The Federation's purpose, as laid out in the Articles of Incorporation was:

  • To provide information, education, and research directed toward the growth and development of children with special needs;

  • To develop and provide information to parents, parent groups, teachers and professionals, and to the general public to aid them in creating or locating more effective health, educational, and social services for children with special needs;

  • To improve communications between parents, parent groups, and other individuals or groups concerned with the treatment and education of such children;

  • To work to improve the attitude of the general public toward children with special needs, and to promote their acceptance and understanding of them as full and equal members of the community.

In the coming year, help us celebrate our 40th year of dedication to this overarching purpose by joining us for the following:

Walk, Roll, Shobble, Stroll for Children with Special Needs, Sunday, September 22, 2013 on the Nature Trail at Mass Hospital School in Canton, MA. A fun, family walk raising money for a great cause!

Support the work of the Federation by donating to our Annual Appeal, which runs from November through December.

Visions of Community Conference, Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. A full day of learning and networking opportunities for parents of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them.

Gala 2014, Celebrating Every Child on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston.