Massachusetts Organizations and Associations
The 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.
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.
Mobile Assistive Technologies for People With Low Vision and Blindness This guide offers an array of mobile technology options for those with low vision or blindness and puts the tools they need in the palm of their hand.
Renting With Disabilities – A guide for people with disabilities who are seeking housing
Institute on Community Integration to 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.
Family Resources continued
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.
Nvision 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.
AAIDD, American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for articles in the field of developmental disabilities.
Best Buddies International headquarters that links volunteers and people with mental retardation.
Cerebral Palsy Guidance was 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.
The ARC, a national organization.
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.