MASS FAMILIES & ALLIES
Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change is here to support you during this time of uncertainty and social disconnect.
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MatchUS is an community-driven educator/related service provider and family response to support our students (and their families!) with disabilities/IEPs/support needs during this time of social distancing.
Housed in organization Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change, we are working with families and educators ANYWHERE (not just MA) to support 1:1 conversations about how best to support our students at home.
We are hosting weekly calls to get everyone on the same page and make sure everyone has the information they need.
Virtual Coffee Hours
We know how important it is to stay connected through this chaotic time. Join us for virtual coffee hours to spend time with members throughout the week!
Routine Building & Social Engagement
We are working with our partners to provide online learning opportunities and space to connect while we are socially isolated.
Mass Families & Allies Community Calendar
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COVID’s Impact on Person-Centered Arrangements: Parent Panel Discussion
How have person-centered living arrangements fared during the COVID-19 crisis? In this concluding webinar in the series, we will check in with three parents who practice person-centered planning for adult children with disabilities. Presenters: Kathy Brill Sandra Heller Dr. Laurel Peltier Learn more and register at https://mfofc.org/housing-webinar-series/june-24-covid-parent-panel-webinar-registration/
Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Guidance on Hospital Visits
Last week the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office released guidance on disability rights and reasonable accommodations during the pandemic. The guidance lays out accommodations that may be necessary in workplaces, apartment buildings, hospitals, and stores that remain open to the public. Access the guidance and read the press release by following this link: https://www.mass.gov/news/ag-healey-issues-guidance-on-disability-rights-during-covid-19-pandemic To download […]
Updated Remote Learning Guidance from DESE
Recently, it was announced that Massachusetts schools would remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. DESE followed up with *updated* remote learning guidance, including a 25-page intensive guide on remote learning, along with prerequisite content standards for both elementary and secondary student success. For Special Education specific information regarding remote learning, school […]
Family Resource Toolkit from DESE
Schools must provide a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) regardless of where students are spending the day. DESE released a letter that offered guidance for families on coping with the changing landscape of education, as well as a Family Resource Toolkit last week that lists resources on Covid-19 specific questions, support for families, hotlines, assistive […]
Coronavirus Resources from our Partners