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Special Education Resources
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The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families.

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The Federation for Student with Special Needs has a call center and a PTI Intake form for individual Special Education Support and access to trained advocates.

There is staff who speak Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Haitian Kreyol.

Call Center 617-236-7210 or 800-331-0688

Legal Help

Parents who are having trouble getting what they need from the school to get started with remote learning, the Federation for Children with Special Needs now has some free attorneys to help parents.


Parents can fill out our intake form. Or call 671 236-7210

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Federation for Children with Special Needs

This online, interactive guide has been developed as a complement to the Parent's Guide to Special Education (Parent's Guide) written guide, available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese


The Parent's Guide and accompanying module was developed to assist families in understanding the Special Education process and the supports and services that children with disabilities need to succeed in school. Click to visit the interactive guide.

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Parent's Guide to Special Education

This guide was developed to explain the revised IEP process and provide suggested practices to ensure your child's educational rights are protected. You can also visit DESE's hub for the Individualized Education Program here.

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IEP Translated Forms and Glossaries | Translated IEP Forms and Notices

The Individualized Education Program (IEP), related forms/notices, and the Parents' Rights Brochure have been translated into sixteen (16) languages. To further assist districts in providing translated information to parents, a translation glossary is available in each of the languages.  

Section 1C: Workshops on rights of students and their parents under special education laws of the commonwealth and the federal government
Section 1C. Each school district shall conduct, in cooperation with the local parent advisory council, at least one workshop annually within the school district on the rights of students and their parents and guardians under the special education laws of the commonwealth and the federal government and shall make written materials explaining such rights available upon request.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)  brings together IDEA information and resources from the Department and our grantees.

Whether you are a student, parent, educator, service provider, or grantee, you are here because you care about children with disabilities and their families and want to find information and explore resources on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) 

The Bureau of Special Education Appeals ("BSEA") conducts mediations, advisory opinions and hearings to resolve disputes among parents, school districts, private schools and state agencies concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEPs), special education services and procedural protections for students with disabilities.

The Arc Massachusetts

The Mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their families. We accomplish this through advocacy of supports and services based in the community.

Decoding Dyslexia-MA

CPLAN Leader Fabienne Eliacin is also a Decoding Dyslexia-MA member, BPS SpedPac Board Member and a member and  planner for Dyslexia Awareness Month. See her story and resources here.

Associated Advocacy Center-Visions for the Future, Inc.

Toni Saunders is an Educational Consultant for children with special needs who would like to lend her expertise in the fields of advocacy, behavior modification, disabilities, statistics, juvenile justice and any other topic having to do with children with special needs.

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