Helpful links

Massachusetts Department of Education, Special Education: Oversees the public education of all children in Massachusetts, including compliance with Special Education legal requirements
www.doe.mass.edu/sped/www.doe.mass.edu/sped/
Federation for Children with Special Needs: The federation serves is a center of parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their parents.
www.fcsn.org
Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils: A grassroots organization for Sped PAC parents and supporters across the Commonwealth
www.masspac.org
Special Needs Advocacy Network: A grass roots effort by parents/advocates whose mission is to support children into becoming self advocates.
www.spanmass.org
Massachusetts Advocates for Children: A non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face barriers to equal educational and life opportunities.
www.massadvocates.org
Concord Regional Schools SEPAC: Excellent parent information on the IEP process and related issues.
concordsepac.org/parent-information/
Asperger/Autism Network (AANE): A group that works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles.
www.aane.org
Wrightslaw: Information about advocacy for children with disabilities. Articles, cases, newsletters, and resources about special education law and advocacy topics.
www.wrightslaw.com
Learning Disabilities: This site offers the ABC’s of Learning Disabilities, bulletin boards, articles, and more.
www.ldonline.org
Learning Disabilities: This site offers the ABC’s of Learning Disabilities, bulletin boards, articles, and more.
www.ldonline.org
Family Ties (together in enhancing support): Information and support network for families and children with Disabilities, Special health care needs or chronic illnesses.
www.massfamilyties.org
Institute for Community Inclusion: Promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities, through training, consultation, clinical and employment services and research
www.communityinclusion.org
Parent Professional Advocacy League, Massachusetts state Chapter of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health: PPAL provides support and advocacy around issues related to children’s mental health.
www.ppal.net
Learning Disabilities Worldwide: Non-profit volunteer organization based in Massachusetts including individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and professionals.
www.ldam.org
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs: Federal agency overseeing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), including grants and research
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep
Special Education Laws In Massachusetts
http://clcm.org/2014/Special_Education_in_MA_Feb2013.pdf