Today, all over the globe, people are celebrating generosity through the global movement that is #GivingTuesday. Like many of you, Mass Families Organizing for Change has had its twists and turns this year. We’ve had to adapt and rethink the way we help families imagine better. We need your help to keep moving forward in […]
Since 1990, Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC) has been uniting families of individuals with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses to build a better future of supporting families. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be celebrating 30 years of imagining better. We will share stories and perspectives from family leaders who have been involved with MFOFC throughout […]
Bethany Van Delft wears many hats. She is a Comedian + Emcee + Storyteller. Bethany also happens to be a graduate of Metro-Boston’s 2018 Family Leadership Series. She is working with Lauri Medeiros, MFOFC’s Metro Boston Regional Coordinator, to host a two-part workshop called Crafting Slam Style Stories. The first session will focus on storytelling […]
It is with pride we congratulate Valeryia Pedersen for her new position as Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Family TIES program (Together In Enhancing Supports) at the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Val graduated in 2018 from the Family Leadership Series in the Southeast region. “Her positive attitude and supportive nature were evident throughout […]
The thoughts below were written by Roxi Harvey, an ABC and FLS alum who assumed a leadership role in the Boston SpEd PAC during COVID and recently published an article she co-wrote with Emma Fialka-Feldman. The link to the OpEd is below. What new leadership roles have you stepped into in this pandemic? What has […]
Lots has been changing with the world, and MFOFC is no exception. MFOFC recently elected new officers, and now we have a few new board members for you to meet 🎉🎉🎉 Check out their information below and read their personal bios on our Board of Directors page.
The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council is looking for a few good advocates. We are seeking individuals with developmental disabilities and family members with advocacy experience who may have an interest in serving on the Council. The Council is funded by the federal government to help people with developmental disabilities have opportunities to lead successful lives […]
To all MFOFC members: The MFOFC Board of Directors invites you to participate in a Special Election to fill the following four positions: Co-Chairs (two positions, President & Vice-President), Treasurer, and Clerk. BACKGROUND In June the Board accepted the resignations of O.Sophia Johansson and Sandra Kinneyas Co-Chairs, Sandy Lebon as Treasurer, and Ann Berube as […]
Congratulations to Family Leadership Series graduate, Raquel Quezada, who spoke as part of the Governor’s press conference on guidance for re-opening schools on June 25, 2020. Fast forward to 25:30 to hear what Raquel had to say! Way to go Raquel 👏👏👏 We’re so proud of you and your advocacy!
Last week, DDS issued new guidance surrounding visiting individuals living in facilities. Based on this data and the feedback DDS received from families regarding their Outdoor Visitation Guidance (issued June 10, 2020), DDS has revised their Visitation Guidance. These guidelines were developed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure safe visitation. Families choosing […]