Access for All
Created by the Office of Digital Learning at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, this web page offers guidance and resources for Massachusetts schools and families in providing assistive technology and accessible instructional materials to students with disabilities
Guidance for Parent Advisory Councils
This guidance document was designed to ensure that every special education parent advisory council operating in the state understands the capacity and potential that they have to collaborate with the school community to influence special education programs and policies in their district.
A Parent’s Guide to Special Education
Written collaboratively by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, “A Parent’s Guide to Special Education” was developed to serve as a resource for parents and the organizations that serve them.
A Parent’s Guide to Selecting A Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts
Written collaboratively by the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, “A Parent’s Guide to Selecting A Special Education Advocate in Massachusetts” was developed to assist parents in choosing an advocate in the Special Education process when needed.
Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Parent’s Rights Brochure) English and Translated Versions
The Parent’s Rights Brochure is designed to assist the parent in understanding the special education process, and the rights of the parent’s when their child has been referred for or is receiving special education services.
Parent’s Rights in Special Education
This page contains resources to assist districts and their Parent Advisory Councils for Special Education to meet the state requirement of an annual workshop on the rights of students and parents or guardians in relation to state and federal special education laws.
Best Practices in Early Childhood Transition
Written collaboratively by the Department of Early Education and Care, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, “Best Practices in Early Childhood Transition” was developed to serve as a guide for families as their children transition from Early Intervention Services into a preschool program.
Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Program Quality Assurance (PQA)
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education may be contacted regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act concerning rights of covered students, ages 3-22, through its complaint management programs administered by the Program Quality Assurance (PQA) Unit.
Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC)
The mission of MFOFC is to provide sustained advocacy and leadership training in pursuit of high quality, individualized community support and service options, including family support, for people with disabilities and their families.
The Parent Professional Advocacy League (PAL)
PAL is the statewide chapter of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. PAL provides support, education, and advocacy around issues related to children’s mental health.
New England INDEX
New England INDEX, a project of the UMass Medical School located at the Shriver Center, provides information about programs and agencies, physicians, dentists, and consultants that serve people with disabilities. INDEX also coordinates the Mass Network of Information Providers (MNIP), a multi-agency collaboration that provides telephone information and referral at over 50 sites across the state (800-642-0249).