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Metro Region

Family Leadership Series

We would like to invite you to attend the 2024 Metro Family Leadership Series. The Family Leadership Series is a training focusing on how and why we advocate for our loved ones who have a disability.


About The Series:

The Family Leadership Series has a three-fold purpose.

  1. Learning the history of the disability and family support and  Movement. 

Family Leadership is at the core of the disability support movement here in  Massachusetts. We will learn about the history of family leadership,  advocacy, self-advocacy, where we are now and where we want to go.

  1. Creating A Vision 

Families will learn how to create a vision with and for their loved one with a  disability, towards and enviable life.

  1. Policy-Making 

Legislative Policy Making and the Critical Role of the Family Voice is very  important! We will learn about accessing and influencing , policies and  funding streams that work for all.

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

Series Format:

The Family Leadership Series is spread out over four sessions. It will be a combination in-person and virtual sessions. To participate you must attend all the sessions.

Location: Natick, MA

2024 Metro Family Leadership Series Dates:

  • Saturday, February 10, 2024, 9am-12pm Meet & Greet (VIRTUAL)

  • Friday and Saturday, March 1 & 2 2024, 9am-5pm on both days (In-Person)

  • Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6 2024, 9am-5pm on both days (In-Person)

  • Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9am-12pm (VIRTUAL)

  • Friday and Saturday, May 3 & 4 2024, 9am-5pm on both days (In-Person)

Each In-Person session of the 2024 Metro Family Leadership Series will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm on the first day (lunch and dinner provided) and 9:00 am-5:00 pm on the second day( breakfast and lunch provided).

We invite you to stay overnight at the training location for the In-Person sessions. The Department of Developmental Services pays for your lodging and meals.

The Metro FLS Coordinator will reach out to you after you apply to confirm your information.

You will be emailed the specific training location after you’ve been accepted.

The Metro region includes:

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



For questions or help filling out the application, please contact

Lauri Medeiros, Program Director
Metro Family Leadership
(339) 224-8866 or (781) 807-1072
or lauri@massfamilies.org

Metro Family Leadership Series Application



“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


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