Family Leadership Series

Metro Region

We would like to invite you to attend the 2023 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.

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


Space fills up fast!

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 

“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 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: Framingham, MA

2023 Metro Family Leadership Series Dates:

Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, 9am-5pm (In-Person)
Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, 9am-5pm (In-Person)
Saturday, April 15, 2023 8:30am-1:00pm (VIRTUAL)
Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, 2023, 9am-5pm (In-Person)

Each In-Person session of the 2023 Metro Family Leadership Series will take place 9:00 a.m. to 5:00pm on the first day (lunch and dinner provided) and 9:00am-4:00pm on the second day(breakfast and lunch provided).

You may stay overnight at the training location for the In-Person sessions. Your lodging and meals are paid for by the Department of Developmental Services.

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.

If you are interested, please fill out the application below. Spaces fill up fast so try to  reply as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact
Lauri Medeiros, Metro – Boston Coordinator at
(339) 224-8866 or (617) 605-7404

Metro Family Leadership Series Application

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