The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.
The Federation for Children with Special Needs was founded in 1974 by parents of children with disabilities as a coalition of parent-run organizations devoted to increasing and enhancing education and life opportunities for children and youth with disabilities. It is the philosophy of the Federation that parents are experts when it comes to identifying their own children’s needs and deciding how these needs should be met. The Federation believes in the power of parents helping parents and has infused a proven model of peer support throughout all its work.