Judith Canty Graves and Carson Graves, authors of Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work: An Insider Guide, share their experience at the 2014 Visions of Community conferece in Boston.

The Visions of Community 2014 Conference at the Seaport World Trade Center on the Boston waterfront was a great event! This annual conference, organized by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, provides education, advocacy, and networking opportunities for more than 900 individuals and families of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them. The Federation, based in Massachusetts, provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.

There were workshops throughout the day on a variety of topics, such as improving the IEP, transition to adult life, special education law, and many others. The exhibition hall featured dozens of organizations, schools, and businesses that service the special needs community.

The organizers sponsored a book signing of our new book, Parents Have the Power to Make Special Education Work, which gave us a chance to discuss special education with everyone who came by our table to chat and have their books signed. It was a pleasure for us to meet all these parents and professionals.

The Federation believes in the power of parents to help other parents as well as placing a great value on parents as they support the health, education, and development of their children at home and in society. We want to thank Richard Robison, Executive Director of the Federation, for inviting us to be part of this conference.


Judith Canty Graves
Carson Graves

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