The Guide to the Boston Public Schools is available in Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. This publication summarizes many laws, policies, regulations, and practices that are important to Boston Public Schools (BPS) students and their parents and guardians. It is not intended to be a complete directory of all laws and policies concerning students and parents. Federal and state laws, BPS policies, regulations, and practices at the district and school building levels are subject to change. Some information may have changed since the Guide was printed in July 2019.
Where’s My School Bus makes real-time bus information available online for parents and guardians in Boston Public Schools. Your student’s bus is displayed on a detailed map, showing both its recent and current location.
WIOA for youth (ages 14-22) with disabilities including those with psychiatric disabilities or serious mental health conditions
Helpful guide to various financial resources, discounts and savings opportunities, and travel tips for students with disabilities.
Transistion to Adulthood: Home Modifications for Young Adults with Special Needs
How Disability Friendly is your city?
Best Vocational Training Programs for Disabled in 2018
The Bridge Center specializes in affordable, year-round therapeutic recreation and equine-assisted therapy programs for individuals with disabilities.
Renter’s rights and Housing Assistance for People with Disabilities
Empowering communities to access and use digital tools to overcome barriers and advance lives.
Affordable Internet at home for eligible households.
Provides the opportunity to include youth with disabilities from the greater Boston area on our college campus.
The DLC is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts. DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. DLC brochure.
Smart devices can help individuals with disabilities live independently.
Assistive Technology Makes Cars Accessible For People With Disabilities.
The world of special education is complicated. Navigating the special education process, understanding your and your child’s rights, and making sure those rights are respected is hard – especially for parents who are new to the United States or have limited English proficiency.
Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is excited to release a new series of educational videos to help parents understand their rights and what to do if those rights are violated. Videos are available in Spanish and English.
Mass Advocates’s mission is to remove barriers to educational and life opportunities for children and youth.
The Federation provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners and their communities.
Family Ties provides information and referral services, emotional support, and trainings to parents of children and youth with special needs. They also have Support Parents available for parents.
The Arc’s mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and their families.
SPaN’s website acts as a vehicle for networking while providing links to other important information for advocates, processionals and parents.
PPAL is a statewide family organization dedicated to improving the mental health and well being of children, youth and families through education, advocacy and partnership.
Throught its PRS, DESE handles complaints that allege a school or a district is not meeting legal requirements for education. Anyone including parents, students, educators, community members, and agency representatives, may contact the PRS office for assistance.
Succeed Boston @ the Counseling & Intervention Center supports student growth by planting SEEDS: Social, Emotional, Educational, and Decision Making Skills, that promotes students’ ability to assess risk, consider consequences, and improve decision making skills.