VOC Sponsorship

Visions of Community (VOC) 2023 Celebrating 50 Years of Special Education Revolution A Virtual Conference for Families of Children with Special Needs and the Professionals Who Serve Them Sponsorship Opportunities Gold Sponsor: $5,000 Complimentary Virtual Booth to interact with visitors, upload video and promotional materials Ability to

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About Special Education Private Schools

By law, public schools are required to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all children in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). If a child’s needs cannot be met in the public school, then they must pay for the child to attend an alternative placement thatRead more

2022 DESE Indicators

High Expectations for All Students! Virtual Focus Groups Each session will take place 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – All groups will provide interpretation in ASL, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, and Mandarin. November 08 – Child Find & Early Childhood Transition November 28 – Disproportionate Representation

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Transition Support

As your first point of contact for information regarding  pandemic-related turning 22 Transition services, our goal is to provide the most updated and accurate information. We appreciate your patience as we work through the high volume of calls.   Please fill out the form and someone will get backRead more

Transition Goals in the IEP

Where do transition goals go in the Individualized Education Program (IEP)? View/Download a copy of the Transition Planning Form (TPF) View/Download a copy of the Massachusetts Individual Education Program Transition services are defined by federal law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) as a "coordinated set ofRead more

Age of Majority

What changes when my child turns 18? In Massachusetts, at the age of 18, a student is legally considered to be an adult even if they have a disability. This is called the “age of majority”.  In the eyes of the law, they assume adult rights andRead more

What is Chapter 688?

What is a Chapter 688 referral (“Turning 22” Law)? Chapter 688 is a law in Massachusetts addressing the needs of young adults with severe disabilities as they end their public-school education and transition into the adult service system.  It requires a planning process to start at leastRead more

Transition Laws

FEDERAL SPECIAL EDUCATION LAWS REQUIRING AND DEFINING TRANSITION SERVICES FEDERAL SPECIAL EDUCATION LAWS REQUIRING AND DEFINING TRANSITION SERVICES Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.  In IDEA (2004), Congress stated as follows: “Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in noRead more

TRANSITION PLANNING TOOLS

Timelines Many families and transition-aged students can find the post-secondary transition process overwhelming.  There is a lot to consider.  There can be a lot of uncertainty navigating the possibilities of what life after high school will look like.  Some families find using a transition timeline helps themRead more

POST-SECONDARY TRANSITION PLANNING

How can I help my child plan for life after high school? Helping a student with disabilities plan and prepare for life after high school is called the post-secondary transition process. In Massachusetts, students receiving special education services are eligible for post-secondary transition planning and supports whenRead more