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Parent Professional Advocacy League Virtual Support Groups

Virtual support groups for families

Special Education Family Support Drop-In via phone

Monday – 9-11am

Get help, support and resources

Phone Number:  1(574) 807-6224 PIN: 481 219 769#


Parent/Caregiver Support Group Social via zoom

2nd and 4th Thursday – 6-8pm…eUp3Q1ZtUkZscWEwaHd5QT09

Meeting ID: 987 9897 8222

Password: 708467 / +1 646-558-8656


Fun Friday Family Support Drop-in via phone

Friday – 9-11am

Drop in on Friday to get parent-peer support & ideas for a fun weekend

Phone Number:  1(574) 807-6224 PIN: 481 219 769#


Friday Family Support Group for Lynn Families via zoom

Friday – 6:30pm

Meeting ID: 781 8946 0790

Password: FFSG2020

Every week on Fri, until Jun 5, 2020, 7 occurrence(s). For more information join group here or email Dalene at

Virtual support groups in Spanish
Hispanic Family Support Group Social

1st and 3rd Tuesday- 10am-12pm

Meeting ID: 618 071 1929 / Password: 246553 /+16465588656

Questions? Email Irelsa and Joel at

Support groups for parents of transitioning youth and young adults
1st and 3rd Wednesday -6-8pm

Parents of Transition Age Youth (P-TAY) Support Group Social

Meeting ID: 999 7647 8858 / +1 646-558-8656 (no password needed)

Questions? Email Kathy and Ann at

Juvenile justice support group
1st and 3rd Thursday -7:00-8:45pm

Juvenile Justice Family Support

Get help, support and resources

Meeting ID: 911 9862 5343 Password: 603505

Questions? Email Dawn at

Youth MOVE (Virtual) Speaker’s Bureau
Tuesday and Friday – Facebook Virtual Messages

Thursday’s @12:30pm Facebook Live

Speaker’s Bureau Virtual Weekly Connection

Youth MOVE Massachusetts in collaboration with Zia Access Center

To get the link contact Chandra at


Free Disability Support Network Sessions


This Thursday, April 23, 2020 at noon, please join our free Disability Support Network session via Zoom.

Over the last four weeks, 1,000 people have participated in these sessions to:

  • Learn how people are coping with stay at home orders and get some tips.
  • Hear the best practices for supporting people with disabilities.
  • Talk with families, advocates, professionals, people with disabilities and direct support professionals from other states and countries.

Participant feedback: “The session helped me connect to others who are passionate about supporting people with disabilities in their communities. It was a great platform to learn, share ideas, and problem solve with leaders from other states who understand the complexities of living life with a disability during these unprecedented times. The breakout rooms were most helpful.”

Here are the upcoming sessions:

Supporting People with Disabilities

Next Meeting: Thursday, 4/23/2020 – 12 noon ET, (11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT)

Join Zoom at:

Or call in: +1 301 715 8592 US; +1 647 374 4685 Canada

Meeting ID: 275 782 517

Learn How to Facilitate Meetings and use Zoom Breakout Rooms

Thursday, 4/23/2020 – 4 p.m. EDT (3pm CT, 2pm MT, 1pm PT)

Join Zoom at:

Or call in: +1 301 715 8592 US; +1 647 374 4685 Canada

Meeting ID: 167-453-573


You can preregister and receive a meeting reminder.

Join the mailing list to get notices of future sessions:


The Disability Support Network is a volunteer effort to:

  1. Support each other and share best practices to support people with disabilities. We meet every Thursday at 12 noon EDT.
  2. Zoom Tech Support. Teach participants how to use Zoom to better support people with disabilities, families, professionals, advocates, and direct support professionals. We will share the best practices for using Zoom to moderate and facilitate meetings, setting up free accounts, using Smartphones, break out rooms and answering tech questions. We will cover how to address the recent security issues in Zoom. We meet every Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT.

Hope to ‘see’ you online.

Mark Friedman and David Wetherow

Disability Support Network


Federation for Children with Special Needs

Guidance from DESE

DESE presentation to Special Educators 04.03.2020

COVID-19 FAQ for schools and districts regarding Special Education 03.26.2020

Stay Connected to the Federation, we are here to help!

The Federation is open and we are working remotely to provide information and resources for families and the professionals who serve them. These are challenging times, so please stay in touch, we will get through this together!

Send us your Questions or Concerns – Please take a minute to fill out this quick needs survey to help us understand what is going on across the state during this time of remote learning. The Federation would like to know how families are interacting with their schools and how we can best serve our families.

Phone: 617-236-7210 or 800-331-0688 and Family TIES: 800-905-8437

Email: or go to Online Intake Form:

Follow the Federation on Facebook @fcsnfb and watch our daily Livestream!

Watch the latest Webinars:

In light of the challenges we are hearing from our families, the Federation has joined with SPaN and the Arc to address some of the concerns about school closures and the effect it is having on students with special needs.

I have attached our joint letter to DESE. Pam Nourse, Executive Director, FCSN

Questions during this pandemic?
  • Call Family TIES for community resources and referral information on Early Intervention at 800-905-8437.
  • Call FCSN Call Center with questions on special education or health care needs at 800-331-0688
  • Or fill out the form on the Federation’s website. Online Form
Update on COVID-19 Co-hosted by SPaN and FCSN.
Daily Facebook Livestreamsj
Information and Support in 10 minutes or less 2:00pm
Monday – Friday
MassPAC Monday
Transition Tuesday
Wellness Wednesday
Thriving Thursday
Facts Friday
Wednesday, April 15th 10:30am, Presenters: Robert Crabtree, Esq. and Michele G. Scavongelli, Esq. Moderated by Lisa Lapinski, Esq. and Tim Sindelar, Esq. Join us for our third COVID-19 Webinar. Our focus will include providing tools and strategies for advocates and families for getting services during school closures. We will also discuss effective communication with schools, and answer the most common questions advocates are raising.
(This session has reached capacity but is scheduled to be recorded)
Presenter: Chandler Creedon – Translating Assessments to something meaningful
This series is for Special Education Surrogate Parent, PCTI trained Parent Consultant or SEPAC Officer
Become a Special Education Surrogate Parent SESP. SESPs serve as appointed decision makers that have the legal authority of a parent or legal guardian to participate in special education process for eligible students in the care or custody of the state or whose parents are unknown or unavailable. (3 hours)
Presenter: Yulika Forman, PhD, The Expert Ally. This webinar will provide considerations and specific strategies for supporting children on the spectrum at home during school closure related to COVID-19. It will be informative for parents and other caregivers, as well as professionals who are supporting families through this new reality.  (1 hour)
Online Learning
Leslie Leslie from MassPAC had the opportunity to meet remotely with Attorney Annette Hines and record a podcast on the Power of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils. You can access the 30 minute podcast at: Podcast Access
Basic Rights in Special Education
FCSN will be recording special webinars, breaking each of our Basic Rights in Special Education presentations into four 20 minute online workshops for families and professionals to view at home. The presentation slides for each of the FCSN Basic Rights series of workshops can be found at – search for “FCSN”.
Please check our FCSN Facebook page @fcsnfb this week for links to these webinars:
  • Part 1 – Referral, Consent and Evaluation
  • Part 2 – The Team Meeting and Eligibility Determination

MatchUS Seeking Families to match with Educators

Dear Families & Educators/Related Service Providers,

We have made over 100 matches this week! We are continuing to receive requests from families in need, and educators/related service providers eager to support. We hope to have you matched within the next few days. We appreciate your patience.

Right now, we have many educators/related service providers eager to help and we NEED more FAMILIES to match with the number of educators we have.

Please continue to share the links below with your family and education networks

Thank you for your support.

In gratitude,
The MatchUS Team

MatchUS is an community-driven educator/related service provider and family response to support our students (and their families!) with disabilities/IEPs/support needs during this time of social distancing. MatchUS, an effort supported by Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change, is working with families and educators ANYWHERE (not just MA) to support 1:1 conversations about how best to support our students at home.

O. Sophia Johansson
Northeast Regional Coordinator
Co-Chair, Board of Directors
Mass Families Organizing for Change
m: 617.935.2264

A statewide, grassroots coalition in
support of individuals with disabilities
and/or chronic illnesses and their families.

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