Developmental Disability Resources

Massachusetts Organizations and Associations

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Provides services to blind citizens of the Commonwealth, enabling them to lead more fulfilling and independent lives. The Commission offers vocational rehabilitation, independent living social services, home care and respite assistance, radio reading programs, resource information, community systems advocacy, and residential and day services.

Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
Provides assistance in job placement, transportation, housing, or intense levels of treatment, monitoring and care. DMR provides these services through state-operated programs and with 265 provider agencies across the state.

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
Provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity, and inclusion.

Family Resources

Parents Helping Parents
A parent directed Family Resource Center for families having children with special needs. They have an excellent BBS with resource information and some good links to general parent support sites.

Renting With Disabilities
A guide for people with disabilities who are seeking housing

Institute on Community Integration
Improve the community services and social supports available to individuals with developmental and other disabilities, and their families throughout the United States and abroad.

Learning about Intellectual Disabilities and Health 
St. George’s, University of London. Excellent resource for articles about health and a variety of topics.

Maryville University 
Excellent resource information from Maryville University – College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators.

Mental Health Matters 
User-friendly directory for mental health professionals, consumer, and their families.

Medicaid Long Term Care
A tool which helps people understand the eligibility requirements to apply for the Aged Blind and Disabled Medicaid program according to their state and marital status.

Accessible Parking
Guide for securing parking permits for people with disabilities.

Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and Other Birth Injuries
Information on the causes, treatments, and various types of Cerebral Palsy.

Provides tips and resources to the blind and visually impaired for improving computer use and internet navigation.

How to Overcome The Difficulties of Getting a Driver’s License With Autism
Outlines the necessary preparations and strategies you’ll need to be aware of in order to get your driver’s license, as well as how to determine if you’re able to acquire one.

National Organizations

AAIDD, American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Articles in the field of developmental disabilities.

Best Buddies International 
headquarters that links volunteers and people with mental retardation.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance
Created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Guide 
We share information about therapies and treatment, the causes of CP and support for those with this disorder.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
Non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities.

Visual Arts Resources

Passion Works Studio
Supports collaborations between artists with and without developmental disabilities.

VSA Arts
Creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. An affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.