Special Needs

Do You Have a Child With a Special Need?

Every child is special and they all require creative, flexible programming. However, some children will have recognizable physical, emotional or medical conditions. The type and severity of disabilities will vary a great deal from child to child.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all child care providers in Massachusetts must ACCEPT APPLICATIONS from all families with children with disabilities and make RESONABLE ACCOMODATIONS to serve them.

We have compiled a list of community agencies for you to get information, support, training, referrals and more. Educate yourself, connect with other parents...and when you are ready, get involved and advocate for your family and others.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs
800.331.0688; www.fcsn.org
Provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners and communities.
  • Special Education Training and Advocacy - 800.331.0688
    Training for parents and providers. Referrals to trained educational advocates.
  • Family TIES of Massachusetts - 800.905.TIES (8437); www.massfamilyties.org
    Statewide information and parent-to-parent support project for families of children with special needs and chronic illness. Central directory for Early Intervention information and referrals.
  • Parent-to-Parent Program - 413.586.7525, Ext. 3133; www.massfamilyties.org
    Program to bring together parents facing similar challenges in raising their children with special needs.

Mass Family Voices
800.331.0688 Ext. 210; www.massfamilyvoices.org - Parent-run network of families, friends and professional partners brought together by the common concern for children and youth with special health care needs.

The Consortium (Western Massachusetts Training Consortium)
413.536.2401; 800.894.2401; www.wmtcinfo.org - Education, support and advocacy for people living with disabilities.

PAL - The Parent/Professional Advocacy League - The Massachusetts branch of The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. 617.542.7860; 866.815.8122; www.ppal.net - A network of parents and professionals promoting a strong voice for families of children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs.

Community Resources for People with Autism
800.892.7003; 413.529.2428; www.communityresourcesforautism.org - Assists families, individuals, schools, agencies in W.MA with information & support for children with autism.

Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC)
800.406.3632; 413.562.4885; www.mfofc.org - Advocacy and leadership training in pursuit of high quality individualized community support for people with disabilities and their families.

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
617.770.7676; 617.770.9499 (TTY); www.mass.gov/mddc - Information, support, trainings, referral and advocacy to provide opportunities for people with disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity and inclusion.