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Boston Public Schools


Guide to the Boston Public Schools for Students & Families 2019-2020

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?

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.

EdLaw Project: MA Problem Resolution System with Remote Learning Guidance


EdLaw Project: Brief Guide to MA Dept. of Education Problem Resolution System


Safety Guide For Pedestrians & Drivers with A Disability


College for Students with Disabilities


Scholarships & Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities


Guide To Paying For College For Students with Disabilities


WIOA for youth (ages 14-22) with disabilities including those with psychiatric disabilities or serious mental health conditions


Financial Resources and Discounts for Students with Disabilities

Helpful guide to various financial resources, discounts and savings opportunities, and travel tips for students with disabilities.

Preparing for A Study Abroad Program If You Have a Disability


Finding Apartments for Disabled Apartment Hunters


Big Rentz

Transistion to Adulthood:  Home Modifications for Young Adults with Special Needs

Special Needs Checklist

How Disability Friendly is your city?

Vocational Training

Best Vocational Training Programs for Disabled in 2018

The Bridge Center

The Bridge Center specializes in affordable, year-round therapeutic recreation and equine-assisted therapy programs for individuals with disabilities.

Just Great Lawyers

Renter’s rights and Housing Assistance for People with Disabilities

Tech Goes Home (TGH)

Empowering communities to access and use digital tools to overcome barriers and advance lives.

Greater Massachusetts Special Needs Events


How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities


Family and Caregivers Guide for the Disabled


Medication Management for People with Disabilities


Internet Essentials

Affordable Internet at home for eligible households.

MIT Project Connect

Provides the opportunity to include youth with disabilities from the greater Boston area on our college campus.

The Disability Law Center (DLC)

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. 

Accessible Guide to Smart Homes

Smart devices can help individuals with disabilities live independently.

Assistive Technology and Cars

Assistive Technology Makes Cars Accessible For People With Disabilities.

Special Education Rights Video Series

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.


Advocating for Students on the Autism Spectrum


National Resource Center on ADHD


National Center for Learning Disabilities


Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Mass Advocates’s mission is to remove barriers to educational and life opportunities for children and youth.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs

The Federation provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners and their communities.

Family Ties of Massachusetts

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 of Massachusetts

The Arc’s mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and their families.

Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc

SPaN’s website acts as a vehicle for networking while providing links to other important information for advocates, processionals and parents.

Parent/Professional Advocacy League

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.

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Problem Resolution System (PRS)

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.

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)


Succeed BOSTON @ the Counseling & Intervention Center

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.