The following publications (and others) are available from the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE). You may order free copies by calling 781-338-3375 or download them from their website.

Parent's Rights Brochure (English and Translated Versions)
The Parent's Rights Brochure is designed to help parents understand the special education process and the rights of parents when their child has been referred for or is receiving special education services.

A Parent's Guide to Special Education
This guide was written together by the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) and the Massachusetts Department of Education. It was developed to serve as a resource for parents and the organizations that serve them. This guide is also available calling from FCSN by calling 800-331-0688 or downloading it from the FCSN website. It is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Is Special Education the Right Service?
This booklet offers guidance on how to make sure that the education environment is responsive. It includes guidelines to assist professionals and parents in identifying students with disabilities.

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process Guide
This guide was developed to lead a person through the IEP process.

IEP Forms and Notices
These are the forms and notices used for the IEP process.

Assistive Technology Guide for Massachusetts Schools
This guide provides information to school districts in providing assistive technology devices and services to students with disabilities.

Assistive Technology Devices and Services for Students with Special Needs
This guide provides information to school districts and families regarding the availability of, access to, and payment mechanisms for assistive technology devices and services.


This information is provided by the Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.