Parent Resources

  • Welcome to the Parent's Resource Pages.  Here are some community resources and services for our Boston Public Schools families.  Click on the icons to find out more about each organization.
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    Where's My School Bus?
    Where's My School Bus?  Every bus is equipped with a GPS system that allows you to locate the school bus in real-time when it is on the road in the morning and afternoon.
                         Community / Organizations  

    The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.  

     SPED The Boston Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SpedPac) is a citywide parent advocacy organization with the sole purpose of sharing information and resources to help all families of special education students understand their rights and options accurately and comprehensively.


     An organization led by people with disabilities that provide advocacy, information and referral, peer support, skills training, PCA services, and transitional services to promote the independence of people with disabilities and families with a special needs child.





     Special Education Advocate has a wealth of information that is easily accessible.  It covers many topics and concerns most parents have. The website also provides easy to fill out forms for writing letters to schools or the IEP team.
    CPC The parent-run Citywide Parent Council (CPC) is the umbrella organization of all BPS School Parent Councils, and is the official voice of 38,000 families.

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    Disability Commission of Boston aims to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by facilitating full and equal participation in all aspects of life within the City of Boston. This includes reducing architectural, procedural, attitudinal, and communication barriers as well as promoting equity in housing, education, employment, transportation, and civic activities
    15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.
    Triangle assists people with disabilities by providing vocational evaluation and training, employment, social development, and residential services.
     Impact Boston                       
    Part of Triangle, a disability service agency, IMPACT focuses on abuse prevention. The program is committed to creating safe and healthy communities for people of all abilities. 
    I.C.E. Initiative offers grants to college-school partnerships to support eligible public high school students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, to increase their academic and career success by being included in a college or university community of learners.     
    Massachusetts Advocates for Children is an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities, particularly those who have disabilities, are low income and/or are racially, culturally, or linguistically diverse.
    Boston Centers for Youth and Families
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    Provides information, support and referral services to individuals with various forms of mental illness and their families.
      Parent University  
    Parent University focuses on child development, what children are learning in schools, advocacy, parent leadership, and effective parenting skills.

    Boston Medical Center’s Autism Program assists and empowers those affected by ASD through direct patient support, provider education and community based trainings in a culturally competent manner by offering high quality and comprehensive care to all, regardless of status or ability to pay.   

    HERN HERN is a part of Special Education and Student Services within the Boston Public Schools. We hope to provide a complete program for students who are temporarily without homes. Our goal is to help students have stable experiences in school      
                                   Community Sports and Recreation
     Access Recreation Boston is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to increasing and enhancing recreation opportunities for people with disabilities in the greater Boston area. We accomplish this through building community awareness, sharing professional expertise, and promoting collaboration.
    The mission of Adaptive Sports New England is to increase participation in sports among New England youth and young adults who have visual or mobility impairments.
     spaulding Children and adults can participate in Spaulding Adaptive Sports programs under the supervision of adaptive sports professionals as well as Spaulding therapists, providing the perfect environment to try a new sport or get back to one you have always loved.  Our trained staff will help identify activities most appropriate for each participant, based on his or her capabilities. 


                      Resources at Home & more

    The following resources and articles provide information about summer reading and summer learning loss. Plus you'll discover great activities to encourage kids to learn, read, and have fun in the summer sun.
    Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. Help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community. For more information, visit
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    Sesame Street created a nationwide initiative serving the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities. At the same time, the project fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids.

    Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides support for military families with special needs. Amongst many other supports, EFMP ensure special needs families are not sent to locations that lack adequate medical or educational resources.

    Read & Write in BPS                             
     Read&Write for Google Chrome™ is a Chrome extension created by Texthelp to support reading and writing. 


    Business Ideas for People with Disabilities

    The Small Business Administration (SBA), local chambers of commerce, state vocational agencies, veteran business organizations, and others provide guidelines, seminars, and assistance for people with disabilities in launching a business.  This site will provide you a list of useful resources for you (or your child of transition age) with ideas and guidelines in starting your own business.

    (Thank you DDCC for sharing this with us!)

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     Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Autism



    The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Inter-networking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility



Contact Us

  • Office of Special Education
    (617) 635-8599 
    Cindie Neilson
    Asst. Superintendent
    of Special Ed
    Karla Estrada
    Deputy Superintendent of Academics & Student Support Services