AFLA West Region

MFOFC A Full Life Ahead Series

A Full Life Ahead is offered in the West Region by Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC).


{*See listing for specific event as locations vary}

~ Space is Limited, Please RSVP ~

Workshop Schedule


Supporting Friendship

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 6-8pm

260 Westfield Rd
Holyoke MA

RSVP: Karen Fletcher 413-534-3299

Is your child lonely? Do they need friends so that they can learn how to be a friend? As parents, we can help our kids create friendships, but when your child has extra needs, it takes extra planning. In this interactive workshop, developed by and for parents of children with special needs, we will fill your friendship toolbox with concrete strategies and help you plan how to support your child’s friendships!

Together we will learn:

  • Why friendships are extra important to kids with special needs
  • Common barriers to friendship … and ways to get around them
  • Concrete strategies to help connect your child to others with similar interests
  • Tools that you can use to lay the groundwork for success for your child

This workshop is particularly geared towards parents of children aged 3-22, but many strategies apply to adults too.

Getting It Done! Preparing for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6-8pm

The United Arc
294 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA


Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6-8pm

The United Arc/GAAAFSN
361 Main Street
Athol, MA

RSVP: Darlene Reilly,, 413- 774 -5558 X1042
OR Register at

Bring your child’s IEP to this interactive workshop and we will not only teach you how to prepare for your meeting, but support you in getting it done! Learn strategies to:

  • Lay the groundwork for a truly productive meeting
  • Contribute directly to the IEP
  • Ensure that your concerns are addressed
  • Clearly communicate your vision, priorities and concerns

We will provide you with the tools to create a document that you can bring to your next meeting! Please bring a current IEP and Progress Reports if you can.

Navigating the Maze of Mass Health

May 31, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

MCS Holyoke Family Support Center
260 Westfield Road
Holyoke, MA 01040

Please RSVP by May 29th to Karen Fletcher 413.534.3299 or

A Full Life Ahead series is also being offered in other regions. CLICK HERE for additional locations and dates.