Become a Special Education Decision Maker

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Recruiting Organization: Federation for Children with Special Needs

Please note: This opportunity is for Massachusetts residents only. All others should visit your state education website for local opportunities.

Are you interested in being a Special Education Decision-Maker for students in your community? Volunteers, known as Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs), serve as appointed educational decision-makers for students in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) who are in need of special education services.

Once appointed, SESP volunteers have the legal authority of a parent or legal guardian to attend special education team meetings, approve or reject IEPs, and, if necessary, file a complaint or appeal. On average an SESP spends about 30-40 hours a year volunteering their time.

Please sign up for a FREE Orientation Training, where you will learn about the role of a SESP, how traumatic experiences can impact learning, and how to incorporate the appropriate supports into the IEP. To register, go to We have several, virtual trainings each month. Contact Emma Gregory at or 617-399-8342 with any questions.

For more information here is our brochure:

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