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Federation for Children with Special Needs

The Federation for Children with Special Needs is based in Massachusetts and provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. They sponsor workshops and presentations across the state, as well as at their headquarters.


The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, national organization, mostly volunteer run, that protects the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.  From the IEP table to the White House, our unrivaled peer-to-peer network of parents, family members, advocates, attorneys and related professions is everywhere the voices of students and parents need to be heard.

Special Needs Advocacy Network


The site provides links to special education information, documents, and resources. For over 25 years, the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPaN) has provided continuing professional development and support for advocates and other professionals in the field of Special Education across Massachusetts. Collaboration exists with other professionals as well as with parents of children with disabilities. 

The Asperger / Autism Network

The AANE works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome or similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives. We do this by providing information, education, community, support, and advocacy--all in an atmosphere of validation and respect.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides a wealth of information for parents. Of special interest is the The Office of Special Education Planning and Policy Development Department, which  focuses on interagency and special education policy and planning and personnel development activities. 

A Parent's Guide to Special Education

This is a joint publication of The Federation for Children with Special Needs and The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The purpose of this guide is to explain the special education process so that, if your son or daughter does receive special education services, you can work effectively with the school as a member of your child’s special education team. 







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