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Workshop NameWorkshop ResourcesPresenterDescription
1. Integrated Care ProgramHandout (PDF)Richard Antonelli, MD: Boston Children’s Hospital
A panel from Boston Children’s Hospital discusses collaborative care planning, including tools and techniques to improve care integration for families of children with special health care needs.
2. Key Special Education Law UpdatesPowerpoint (PDF)Dan Heffernan: Attorney, Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP | FCSN Board Member
Participants will learn about significant decisions, regulations, and legislation from the past year while addressing important trends and special education law issues on the horizon.
3. Watchful Eyes on the Young LearnerPowerpoint (PDF)Carol Kinlan: Director of Admissions and Enrollment, Perkins School for the BlindA discussion of warning signs in young children that may point to a later learning disability; learn how to request and interpret testing and get the best support for your child.
4. Inclusion: Easy to Do It Poorly!Powerpoint (PDF)Joe Petner, Phd: Support Facilitator, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education division of District and School Assistance Center | FCSN Board MemberInclusion matters! Learn what it takes to support inclusive schools, and, ultimately inclusive communities.
5. Opportunities for Students and Youth to Achieve Brighter FuturesHandout (PDF)
Powerpoint
Anna Hermann, MA, CWIC, CESP, OESP: Independent Living Programs Supervisor, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Kathleen Kelly, MPA, CWIC: Student Benefits Counselor, SES | Project IMPACT, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
An overview of vocational rehabilitation services, pre-employment transition services, and community supports accessible to students and youth through MRC. The workshop will also include an outline of the referral process.
7. We’ve Got the Diagnosis and Recommendations: Now What?Powerpoint (PDF)Neal Goodman, MS, and Jason Fogler, PhD: Boston Children’s Hospital

In this discussion, three parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders will share their experience and insights for finding effective behavioral therapies.
8. Accessing Autism Insurance Support across the Lifespan
Powerpoint (PDF)Terri Farrell: Autism Insurance Resource Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Shriver Center
This workshop will help parents understand how to access ABA and autism services through their insurance.
9. Beyond the Classroom Walls: Maximizing the Family’s Role as the First TeacherHome Learning Plan Handout (PDF)
Inspirational Phrases Handout (PDF)
People First Language Handout (PDF)
Powerpoint (PDF)
Su Theriault: University of Massachusetts, Boston


There are many ways families and professionals can maximize children’s classroom learning during everyday activities at home and in the community. Participants will explore routines and materials, conversations, and learn how to use social stories.
10. A Parent’s Guide to Effective Reading Goals for Their Child’s IEP Nancy Duggan: Executive Director, Decoding Dyslexia MA

Danielle Pimenta: Teacher, Framingham Public Schools

What can parents expect from the school when their child is struggling with reading? This workshop will help parents understand how their child’s needs can be identified, how to write measurable goals and how instruction can meet the requirements of IDEA.
11. Finding & Establishing an Independent Living Facility for Your ChildPowerpoint (PDF)John Reichenbach: FCSN Board Member

Chuck Silsby: President, Specialized Housing

Marc Slotnick: President, New England Communities
The workshop will include an overview of funding sources and alternative housing models, potential approaches, and issues you are likely to encounter in finding an independent living facility for your child. The presenter will describe the hurdles his family overcame to establish an independent living facility for their son and nine other young adults with intellectual disabilities.
12. Asking Effective Questions; Making the Most out of the IEP ProcessAgenda & Resources
Powerpoint (PDF)
Anne Howard, PhD: Professor, Education Department, Fitchburg State University | FCSN Board President
Creating an IEP can be challenging for everyone involved: parents, education professionals, and students. One of the best ways to ensure that the final product is effective is for team members to ask good questions. This workshop will provide an overview of IEP components and identify key questions to ask during the process.
13. Supporting Siblings of Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care NeedsPowerpoint (PDF)Emily Rubin: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Shriver Center;

Zachary Rossetti, PhD, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Boston University, MSSN Board Member;

Hillary Dunn, Esq., Disability Law Center, MSSN Board Member

This workshop addresses the sibling experience, offering strategies and resources to support siblings of children with disabilities or special health care needs.
14. Successful Models to Access College and Jobs for ALL: Transition ServicesConcurrent Enrollment Handout (PDF)Johanne Pino: Massachusetts Advocates for ChildrenThis panel discussion, which includes a state official, an educator, and a self-advocate, will review avenues to college and workplace success for students with intellectual disabilities
15. Transition Considerations for Your Child’s FutureLeo Rotman: CFP®, River Financial Group, LLC

Meredith Greene: Attorney, Fletcher, Tilton
How do I make sure my child can have the life I want for them? This workshop offers a holistic perspective on benefit programs, ways to bridge funding gaps, and legal considerations.
16. Transition Assessment: When, What & How?Powerpoint (PDF)Kelley Challen, EdM, CAS: Director of Transition Services, NESCA
Kathleen Pignone MEd, CRC: Transition Specialist, NESCA
A discussion-based workshop on transition assessment, including what to ask for, when to ask, and how to turn the results into a meaningful plan and a transition-infused IEP.
17. Thinking Outside the District – The Benefits of Regional CollaborationPowerpoint (PDF)Leslie M. Leslie: MassPAC / APPLE Project Director, Federation for Children with Special Needs
A panel of SEPAC officers, a special education administrator and a community partner will highlight effective models for regional collaboration and sharing.
18. Fostering Engagement in Students with Learning DisabilitiesMelissa Orkin: Program Director, Center for Reading and Language Research, Tufts University

Children with learning disabilities often struggle to stay engaged in school and develop positive associations with academic tasks. New research from Tufts University highlights practical, home-based strategies to foster a healthy mindset about learning, academic challenges, and intrinsic motivation.
19. IEP & Schoolwide Strategies to Prevent BullyingPowerpoint (PDF)Catherine Mayes: Autism Project Advocate, Massachusetts Advocates for Children

By following a case study, see how one family was helped by a new law and how their child was able to receive support through the IEP process.
20. Early Identification of Struggling ReadersAlissa Talamo, PhD: NESCA
This workshop will provide information to help determine if a child is demonstrating difficulty acquiring reading skills relative to typically developing peers.
21. Supporting Students with Special Health Needs in School & CommunityPowerpoint (PDF)Linda Surprenant: Family TIES of MA Western MA Regional Coordinator, Federation for Children with Special Needs
This presentation for parents of children with special health care needs will focus primarily on practical strategies, IEP considerations, IHCP, and the role of team members in supporting your child to access the full life of the school.
22. Planning for a Loved One with Special NeedsKaren Mariscal: Attorney, Margolis & Bloom
Learn how government benefits, special needs trusts, and ABLE accounts can help you plan finanicially for your loved one, so that they have the resources available to live the best life possible.
23. College Navigator: Accommodations in Higher EducationPowerpoint (PDF)MaryEllen MacRae: Director of Transition & Employment, Easter SealsWhile students with disabilities are increasingly being accepted into college, many of them are not able to graduate. Easter Seals MA created College Navigator to address the bridge to higher education, with an ultimate goal of degree completion. This workshop will address the services provided and how to prepare for higher education without IEP accommodations.
24. Sharing Your Story: Disability Rights as Human RightsPowerpoint (PDF)Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, M.Ed: Policy Officer, The Arc of MA | FCSN Board Member
This workshop will offer participants an understanding of critical moments in the disability rights movement in the US, the history of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, and power of storytelling to create change.
25. Special Ed Law: Children with AutismPowerpoint (PDF)Leslie Hughes: Autism Center Public Information Specialist, Massachusetts Advocates for ChildrenUsing case examples, this workshop provides an overview of specific legal requirements pertaining to the unique learning needs of children with autism. With an emphasis on the requirement that children with autism receive educational opportunities which reflect competency and potential, this workshop will address current trends, legal standards, evaluation rights and procedures, and discussion of court cases.
26. Problem Solving Our Way to Positive Behaviors Nikki Baumer, MD, MEd: Boston Children’s Hospital | FCSN Board Member
Josh Baumer, MEd: Westwood Public Schools

The workshop offers an interdisciplinary means of understanding and managing challenging behaviors, with a focus on supporting positive behaviors in school.
A-1.

كيفية التأقلم مع «إحساس الفقد او الحزن» عندما يكون لديك طفل ذو احتياجات خاصة؟


(How to Cope with Grief When You Have a Child with Special Needs)
Powerpoint (PDF)

الأستاذة اسراء عمرو: اخصائية نفسية إكلينيكية.


Esraa Amr: Clinical Psychologist

ستناقش ورشة العمل مشاعر الحزن والاسف الذي قد ينتج لدى الوالدين عندما يكون لديهم طفل ذو احتياجات خاصة او إعاقة، سنتعرف على مراحل “الحزن” وكيفية التأقلم معها. سنحاول في هذه الورشة إيصال الاهل للتعامل بسلام مع مشاعر الحزن لديهم وهي مشاعر وأفكار وردود افعال معقدة


(This workshop will discuss the grief that may happen to the parents who have a child with special needs, the stages of the grief and how to cope with it. This workshop will heal the parents to deal with their grief and their complicated feelings, thoughts and responses.)
A-2.

ماذا علي فعله بعد التشخيص؟


(My Child has a Disability, What Should I do Next?)
Powerpoint (PDF)

د. أمل العوامي: استشاري طب الأطفال التطوري النمائي


Amel Alawami, MD: Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, Tufts Medical Center

تشعر الكثير من العائلات بالتخبط بعد تشخيص طفلهم بالإعاقة. سنحاول في هذه الورشة تسليط الضوء على دور الاهل بعد التشخيص. سنناقش العوامل المؤثرة على مستقبل الطفل وما يحدد تطور ومصير الأطفال ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة.


Many families feel lost after their child receives a disability diagnosis. We will try to discuss ways to look at the child future and what affect the prognosis and development of any child with special needs.
C-3. 職能治療如何幫助你的家庭
(How Occupational Therapy can help your Family)
Powerpoint (PDF)I-Ting Hwang: PhD candidate, Boston University職能治療如何透過「調整活動的環境」和「協助孩子發展他們需要 的技巧」來幫助孩子完成他們想要做和需要做的活動
(An overview of how occupational therapy helps children with disabilities by making environmental modifications and helping develop needed skills.)
V-3. Gở bỏ rào cản: Tiếp cận dịch vụ công cộng và bảo vệ ởnơi làm việc
(Breaking Down Barriers: Accessing Public Benefits and Workplace Protections)
Powerpoint (PDF)Tram T. Nguyen: Luật sư, Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)
Phi Tran: Trợ lí Pháp lí, Boston Legal Services (GBLS)
Janet H. Vo: Luật sư, Community Legal Aid (CLA)
Nhiều gia đình có tiếng Anh hạn chế gặp nhiều khó khăn trong việc tiếp cận nguồn thông tin do rào cản về văn hóa và ngôn ngữ. Hội thảo này cung cấp thông tin về quyền cơ bản của cá nhân và gia đình có con em khuyết tật cũng như kết nối các gia đình với nhiều nguồn thông tin liên quan đến y tế, lợi ích công, giáo dục và nơi làm việc.
(Many limited English proficient individuals and families face challenges in accessing resources due to cultural and language barriers. This workshop will provide information on the basic rights for the individuals and families with disabilities, and connect families to resources relating to healthcare, public benefits, education and the workplace.)
V-1. Tầm quan trọng của sức khỏe tâm thần và việc chăm sóc phòng ngừa bệnh
(The Importance of Mental Health and Preventative Care)
Powerpoint (PDF)Linh Vu: Tư Vấn Tâm Lý Gia Đình, Home for Little WanderersVài cố gắng để phá vỡ “những thành kiến” về sức khỏe tâm thần trong cộng đồng người Việt ở Mỹ. Một trình bày dựa trên quan điểm khá nhạy bén về sức khoẻ và tâm sinh lý của những gia đình gốc Việt, bao gồm những va chạm giữa các thế hệ, và sự khác biệt giữa 2 nền văn hoá Việt Mỹ.
(An attempt to break the “taboo” of mental health in Vietnamese-American communities. A presentation on the keener perspective of psycho-social and emotional health of the family network, inclusive of stressors such as generational and cultural differences that may be experienced as “clashes.”)
H-2. Basics of the Special Education Process and Individual Education Program (IEP)Powerpoint (PDF)Lunie Jacques: Federation for Children with Special NeedsThe workshop offers an overview of Special Education basics, including the IEP.