Family Leadership Series

Metro Region


It will be different.

It will be virtual.

It will be adapted for such a time as this!

The Metro Family Leadership Series is open to Families with loved ones who have been found eligible for The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) within the Metro area. 




The Metro Area includes:

Photo: family leadership graduates in front of Massachusetts State House

Greater Boston

Charles River West

  • Allston
  • Beacon Hill
  • Boston
  • Brighton
  • Brookline
  • Charlestown
  • Chelsea
  • Chinatown
  • Dorchester
  • Downtown Crossing
  • East Boston
  • Hyde Park


  • Jamaica Plain
  • Mattapan
  • North Dorchester
  • North End
  • Revere
  • Roslindale
  • Roxbury
  • South End
  • South Boston
  • Winthrop
  • West Roxbury


  • Belmont
  • Cambridge
  • Somerville
  • Waltham
  • Watertown






Middlesex West

Newton/South Norfolk

  • Ashland
  • Dover
  • Framingham
  • Hopkinton
  • Holliston
  • Hudson
  • Marlboro
  • Natick
  • Northborough
  • Sherborn
  • Southborough
  • Sudbury
  • Wayland
  • Westborough



  • Canton
  • Dedham
  • Foxboro
  • Medfield
  • Millis
  • Needham
  • Newton
  • Norfolk
  • Norwood
  • Plainville
  • Sharon
  • Walpole
  • Wellesley
  • Weston
  • Westwood
  • Wrentham


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About The Series:

Since 1990, MassFamilies has empowered families through training, support, and advocacy for their loved ones with disabilities to live an enviable life. Topics include:

Family Support Movement

History of leadership, advocacy, self-advocacy, systems of care, where we are now and where we want to go.

Creating A Vision 

Families are supported to imagine better and create a vision with and for their family members that will inform leadership and advocacy.


Legislative Policy Making and the Critical Role of the Family Voice. Accessing and influencing resources, policies and funding streams that work for all.


There is no cost to you for the Family Leadership Series and materials. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and private donations fund this extraordinary opportunity.


Expected Outcomes include:

  • Affirming the value of families and their ability to create change
  • Providing inspirational speakers who have demonstrated family leadership qualities and initiative
  • Thinking creatively and developing a vision for your loved one
  • Accessing and influencing resources, policies and funding streams that work for all  
  • Teaching you the guiding principles of Chapter 171 The Family Support Law
  • Understanding State Laws and budgets (how they affect family and disability supports) and how to influence those funding streams
  • The importance of self-care

“The Leadership Series not only educated me, it made me think differently. It was great to leave with our visions – I am convinced that there will be a better future!”

FLS Graduate

Series Format:

The Zoom Family Leadership series requires a time commitment of two 4 & ½ hour (8:30am -1:00pm) Saturday sessions a month for the next three months. Each session  will have breaks and time for lunch. 

The 2021 dates are:

Saturday, April 17 8:30am  - 1:00pm

Saturday April 24 8:30am  - 1:00pm

Saturday May 15 8:30am  - 1:00pm

Saturday May 22 8:30am  - 1:00pm

Saturday June 12 8:30am  - 1:00pm

Saturday June 19 8:30am  - 1:00pm


There is no cost to you for the Zoom Family Leadership Series or any materials. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and private donations fund this extraordinary opportunity.

The worldwide pandemic has had an unimaginable impact on all of our lives. The health and safety of the entire planet's people are affected. The state of conferences, trainings, workshops, parent to parent support groups and all in- person connections are also a new province.  Workplaces and agencies are working hard to navigate and integrate remote options.  Online formats are the only way to continue to offer such important opportunities like the Family Leadership Series.

This will be the first Online Family Leadership Series in the history of Mass Families Organizing for Change.  Like the entire world right now we are adjusting. We have thought carefully about how to create this Series online. We are replacing two full days a month in-person at a hotel, with two back-to back half-day Saturdays each month. We will be using the Zoom platform. You will need to download Zoom in order to participate. We ask that you use a laptop or computer with a monitor. Phone participation on Zoom is NOT advised. 

We ask that you join each Zoom session at 8:15 am. This will allow the Zoom administrator to let everyone in, so we are ready to start on time. We will begin promptly at 8:30am and end at 1:00pm.

There will be two breaks and a short lunch break each Saturday session. Your participation will require your camera be on during each session.

If you have been using online platforms during this past year you likely have a good idea if a Zoom Session from 8:30am to 1:00pm could work for you. The upside is, you do not have to travel, be away from your home all day and overnight, minimizing the demand on care coverage for your family members, and during breaks and lunch you only have to walk steps in your own home!

We understand this is a demand one’s focus, and alertness during these 4 & ½ hour sessions. We will do our best to thoroughly engage you and allow time for lots of participation and engagement.


If you want to participate in the 2021 online Family Leadership Series, please fill out the application below. Then, someone will reach out to you to process your application over the phone.

If you have questions regarding the FLS or application, please contact:

Lauri Medeiros, Metro – Boston Coordinator at
(617) 605-7404

Metro Family Leadership Series Application

Please complete the application below if you are interested in participating. MassFamilies will be in touch with you regarding your application.

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