Federation for Children with Special Needs The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families. The Federation operates a Parent Center in Massachussetts which offers a variety of services to parents, parent groups, and others who are concerned with children with special needs.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education formerly the Department of Education
Massachusetts DESE Bureau of Special Education Appeals
The 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.
Massachusetts DESE Program Quality
PQA implements the Department's compliance monitoring and complaint
management procedures for school districts, charter schools, educational
collaboratives, and approved public and private day and residential special
education schools and provides technical assistance to school personnel and
the public regarding the implementation of laws and regulations.
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
MRC promotes dignity for individuals with disabilities through employment
and independent living in the community. MRC is responsible for Vocational
Rehabilitation Services, Community Services, and eligibility determination
for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs.
Parents Learning About Children's Education The Massachusetts PIRC is a place where parents across the state can find information to help them make the best choices for their children's education. PIRC also supports schools and districts across the state in their efforts to form strong partnerships with families.
Parents Advocacy League PAL is an organization that promotes a strong voice for families of children and adolescents with mental health needs. PAL advocates for supports, treatment and policies that enable families to live in their communities in an environment of stability and respect.
Special Advocacy Network For over
twenty-five 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
US Department of Education
Wrights Law Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Yellow Pages for Kids Find ed consultants, psychologists, ed diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities. You will also find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, respite care, community centers, grassroots organizations, and government programs for children with disabilities.
The Parent's Notice of Procedural Safeguards follows a question and answer format to provide information on the provisions in special education law that enable parents to be involved in educational decisions about their student