Federation for Children with Special Needs - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Federation for Children with Special Needs
529 Main Street
Suite 1M3
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 236-7210 (Local)
(617) 241-0330 (Fax)

Brief Description

The Federation for Children with Special Needs is the Massachusetts Parent Training and Information Center for special education. Other services include support for access to healthcare services, transition to adult services and family engagement in public schools.

Hours of operation: M-F, 9-5
Clients served on average per year: 40,000
Number of staff: 45
Staff description: Staff are generally family members of children with special needs who provide information, training and general support to Massachusetts families statewide
Geographic area served: Massachusetts
Publications: Newsline, quarterly newsletter


Rich Robison, Executive Director, rrobison@fcsn.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Information and Referral
    • The Parent Consultant Training Institute (PCTI) is an initiative operated within our Parent Training and Information Center. PCTI intensive training program designed to provide parents and professionals with a solid foundation in special education laws, procedures, and related subjects over 40-54 hours of classroom instruction. Presenters include Federation staff, attorneys, and experts in the field of special education, representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA), among others. Upon completion of the classroom component, students participate in an optional internship program.
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