Massachusetts Organizations

Page Index: Federation for Children with Special Needs(FCSN), The Massachusetts Department of Education(DOE), Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools(MAAPS), Massachusetts  School Psychologists Association(MSPA), Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association(MABIDA), Parents For Residential Reform(PFRF), Professional Advocacy League(PAL), Disabilities Law Center(DLC), Massachusetts Advocacy for Children(MAC), Center for Law & Education(CEC), Monroe C. Gutman Library(Monroe)Massachusetts SPED PAC's On-line(PACinMASS), and Minute Man Arc for Human Services(MMAHS).

Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN)
Is a wonderful resource. They offer both educational workshops and information.
Have questions about your child's IEP?  Need an Information specialist?
They offer free educational courses to parents and hold a yearly conference.

Federation's Boston Office

Federation for Children With Special Needs
The Schrafft Center
529 Main Street, Suite 1102
Boston, MA 02129
FAX: 617-241-0330
(Old address: 1135 Tremont Street, Suite 420, Boston, MA 02120)

The Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE )

Has many helpful publications regarding special education (i.e. SPED regulations , 'Requirements for the Participation of Students with Disabilities in MCAS ', Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks , 'A Parent's Guide to Special Education Manual, and IEP Process Guides 14).   They are also responible for Problem Resolution of IEP or lack of following the law/regs.

350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148-5023

Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools ( MAAPS )
17 Lakeside Office Park
Wakefeild, MA  01880

(also see our 'Schools' web page)

Massachusetts  School Psychologists Association (MSPA)
167 Milk Street, Suite 478
Boston, MA 02109-4315

Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (MABIDA)
(Previously called; The New England Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (NEBIDA))
PO Box 662
Lincoln, MA 01773

Isabel Wesley, MABIDA President
(508) 653-7318

Pamela Hook, MABIDA Vice President
(617) 484-2428

Professional Advocacy League (PPAL )
PAL provides support, education, and advocacy around issues related to children's mental health.  PAL works in partnership with families whose children and adolescents have emotional behavioral and neurological needs.  Along with professionals who develop policy and provide services to children and their families.
14 Beacon Street, #706
Boston, MA

Need legal advice?

Disabilities Law Center (DLC)
Provides legal services to eligible people and groups whose cases meet the following DLC priorities:
1) Representation of children who are out of school
2) Representation of children to obtain maximum inclusion opportunities
3) Representation of children whose current placement exposes them to a significant risk of harm.

11 Beacon Street - Suite 925
Boston, MA  02108

Massachusetts Advocacy for Children (MAC)

Massachusetts Advocates for Children, formerly Massachusetts Advocacy Center, is a private non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities.
For over 30 years, MAC has responded to the needs of children who are vulnerable because of race, poverty, disability or limited English.  Their three major project areas include:

1. Boston School Reform
2. Inclusion/Special Education, which includes the Somerville and Autism projects
3. Children's Law Support Project, focusing on the priority populations of children affected by domestic violence, homeless children, children expelled or suspended from school and children with disabilities.  The CLSP supports the Education Law Task Force.

25 Kingston Street, 2nd. Floor (new address)
Boston, MA  02111
United Way website

Center for Law & Education (CLE)
Provide help, as availability permits, on a fee-for-service basis. This includes, for example, other legal assistance generally in an 'of counsel' capacity to attorneys representing students in matters pertaining to obtaining quality education and improved educational outcomes. Assistance may also be provided in cases raising significant legal issues affecting the civil rights of students from low-income families. In addition, CLE attorneys are available to provide training to attorneys, parents and/or educators about the right of all students to participate in all programs and to attain high standards.

Center for Law and Education
37 Temple Place, Suite 303
Boston, MA  02111

Monroe C. Gutman Library
Collection's primary focuses are educational administration and policy,  elementary and secondary education, teachers and teaching, educational innovations, educational  psychology, human development, language acquisition, and the history of education.  HGSE Alumni use the library at no charge, others can visit and pay a fee for access.

Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE)
6 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-3423 Circulation Desk

Local support organizatons:

Massachusetts SPED PAC's On-line

Parent Advisory Council/Committee (PAC), are required by state law. Each school district is required to create a district wide SPED PAC. Many of our state's PAC how have website, please review our list.

Minute Man Arc for Human Services (MMAHS)
Minute Man Arc serves infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays and individuals of all ages with specific developmental disabilities and their families. The Agency serves the nine-town catchment area of Concord, Carlisle, Lincoln, Bedford, Acton, Boxborough, Maynard, Stow and Littleton. In addition, numerous families from many surrounding towns, including Sudbury, Wayland, Arlington, Lexington and Burlington, also access the agency's services. They offer a variety of community-based services including:

Early intervention services for children from birth to 3, who have or are at risk for developmental delays due to biological, medical or environmental factors;
A range of family support services to respond to the changing needs of families, such as the after-school program;
Recreational opportunities including Special Olympics and respite services for both children and adults with disabilities;
Vocational day services to help individuals acquire the vocational, social and personal skills necessary to find gainful employment options in the local economy 
Transportation to and from job sites and people's homes for work and recreation; 
Residential services in a variety of settings from small apartments for one or two to homes for up to eight adults; 
Information, training and referral services to families, staff, professionals and community members.

Minute Man Arc for Human Services, Inc. 
1269 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742