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Upcoming Parent Consultant Training Institutes from Federation for Children with Special Needs

Do you find yourself wishing you knew more about laws that support your child/student or that you wish you understood the Individual Education Program (IEP) process better or how to request a special education evaluation?

The Parent Training and Information Center at the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) offers an opportunity for Massachusetts parents and professionals to learn more about the state and federal Special Education laws and process: parents and professionals who understand the process are better able to collaborate effectively to develop supports and services that enable children/students with disabilities to succeed.

The extensive agenda includes speakers from the Massachusetts Department Elementary and Secondary Education, distinguished attorneys and other professionals in the field of special education. Some of the topics that are presented are: Federal (IDEA 2004) and State Law, Individual Education Program (IEP), Writing Measurable goals, objectives and benchmarks, Program Quality Assurance and the due process system, Access to the General Education Curricula, Evaluations, Positive Behavioral supports, Effective Communication, Transition for students 14-22 and more!

In addition, participants have the option, through an internship, to acquire the necessary skills to assist parents of children with special needs to effectively design and/or manage their children’s special education program. Participants who choose to meet the requirements of the internship are issued a Certificate of Completion, with which some professionals have been granted PDPs from their school districts. This Federation supervised internship requires 25 hours of phone consultation at a Federation site as well as 25 hours of advocacy at no fee based on Federation referrals. Participants who elect to only attend classroom sessions are issued a Certificate of Attendance. Participants should possess knowledge of special education legislation or experience in working with parents of children with special needs.

Tuition for parents is $325, professionals $425. Limited scholarships are available for parents through the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC). You may contact them directly at 617-770-7676 for more information or to apply for a scholarship.

Training Institute Application here:http://fcsn.org/pti/advocacy/pcti_app.pdf

Boston Winter 2015
Location: Federation for Children with Special Needs
529 Main Street, Suite 1M3
Boston, MA 02129
Time: 9:30 – 3:30 each day
Session Dates: Tuesdays (January 27th, February 3rd, 10th, 24th , March 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th)

Western MA Spring 2015
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Session Dates: Tuesdays (April 7th, 14th, 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and June 2nd)

Summer 2015
Location: TBA
Time: 8:30 – 4:30 each day
Session Dates: Monday – Friday ( June 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th)