The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN)
FCSN is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families. The Federation offers workshops and training, advocacy and resources to parents of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them. Their Parent Training and Information Center provides free information, support, technical assistance and workshops to Massachusetts' families who have children with (dis)abilities and the professionals who work with them..
Family Ties of Massachusetts
The Family TIES Parent-to-Parent Program provides a unique type of support among parents who share similar life experiences. Parents learn so much from the practical experiences of other parents.
Asperger’s Association of New England; Watertown, MA
The Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE)'s mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for individuals with AS and related conditions and their families. AANE offers a comprehensive array of programs and services responsive to the needs of the various sectors of the AS community.
MA DESE resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
MetroWest Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Wayland MA
For children and adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, (CHADD), is a national non-profit, tax-exempt organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. MetroWest CHADD offers monthly support groups, links to local resources, and an information line for direct support.
International Dyslexia Association
Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity:
The Gaab Lab:
This site has a lot of resources that discuss both neuroscience and educational policy. gaablab.com
List list of common misconceptions and myths: www.gaablab.com/dyslexia-myths.
Advocacy group with resources,
Transition and Adult Services
Programs and services targeted to 14yr+ students and adults.
(WIOA) P.L. 113-128, 2014 mandates services for youth and young adults (ages 14-24) with disabilities, including those with psychiatric disabilities or serious mental health conditions, to help them prepare for, obtain and pursue careers in integrated settings that offer competitive salaries and benefits. This tip sheet provides information that parents can use to advocate for and educate themselves about WIOA services that are available to youth and young adults living with serious mental health conditions.
connects families, professionals and individuals with disabilities who are of transition age (14-26) with information, supports, and services to achieve students’ future visions. Transition can be an overwhelming process as one plans for life after high school. The LINK Center and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission have developed an overview of available Transition services and procedures in Massachusetts.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Program helps job seekers with disabilities obtain and maintain a job. Vocational rehabilitation helps people with physical, cognitive, intellectual or mental health conditions manage the modern workplace.
A guide to help students with disabilities and their parents better understand their rights and responsibilities in regard to a postsecondary education. You will also find useful tips and information for locating the college or university program that best suits your needs.
A guide to programs designed to assist people with disabilities pay for college.