Programs for Educators and Families

Drop-In Hours for Parent/Caregiver Support (NEW)

Drop-in hours will resume in Fall 2021. To request support, please contact us at or (508) 215-5630.


Dan Habib Film Screenings & Discussions

Dan Habib last visited Framingham State University in 2013 for well-attended public screenings of his documentary films Including Samuel and Who Cares About Kelsey? 

OPENING DOORS TO COLLEGE (Thursday, March 25 from 7:00-8:30 pm): Hundreds of colleges across the US are opening doors to higher education for students with intellectual disability. “Opening Doors to College” shows how students like Curtis, Janet, Fudia, and Missy are leading this inclusion revolution as they immerse themselves in classes, residential life, extracurricular activities, and the entire college experience at Millersville and Temple Universities.

Event Transcript

INTELLIGENT LIVES (Thursday, February 25th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM) is a 70-minute film that stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer, and Naomie—who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. INTELLIGENT LIVES is a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. 

Archived Webinar Video:

Black Boys Beyond Stereotypes: A Call to Action

A panel discussion on the documentary Black Boys with two of the film's commentators -- Dr. Travis Bristol, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mr. Conan Harris, former Executive Director of My Brother's Keeper Boston -- as well as FSU Math and Secondary Education student Dan Karanja '21.

Thursday, February 18th, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM (Zoom)

Parent/Caregiver Support Group: Managing the Challenges of Remote Learning 

Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM (5 week session) Nov. 16th - Dec 15th, Held over Zoom

Panel Presentation: What’s It Like Having Epilepsy?

The panelists will talk about how their experiences with epilepsy impact them on a day to day basis. They will talk about the challenges they faced, and how they manage them. They are willing to answer any of your questions regarding the epilepsy condition. There are 3.4 million people that live in the world with active epilepsy. Come hear about what it is like to have epilepsy and how you can help those with this condition.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2:30-3:30 PM (Held over Zoom)

Archived Webinar Video:

Children with Epilepsy and Seizures in the Classroom

Presenter: Susan Linn, the CEO of Epilepsy Foundation New England

There are 17,000 young people living with epilepsy in MA, with seizure types that range from “staring spells” to convulsions. This presentation will cover epilepsy basics and help participants recognize seizures, understand the impact of epilepsy on students, and help participants respond to seizures with timely and appropriate care.

Tuesday, November 10th, 12:30-1:30 PM (Held over Zoom)

Archived Webinar Video:

Supporting Twice-Exceptional Learners at School and at Home

Presenter: Dr. MaryGrace Stewart, President of the Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE)

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, 10:30-11:30 AM

Location: Online via Blackboard Collaborate 

Archived Webinar Video


Moving from a reactive to a proactive approach in education: The importance of screening, early identification, and preventive strategies for dyslexia and other reading disabilities

Presenter: Dr. Nadine Gaab, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, & Harvard Graduate School of Education

Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, 12:30-1:30 PM

Location: McCarthy Center Forum and Online via Blackboard Collaborate 

Archived Webinar Video

Preparing Teachers to Implement Culturally Responsive Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Presenter: Dr. James Cressey, Associate Professor of Education, Framingham State University

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Location: Alumni Room and Online via Blackboard Collaborate 

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