Grant #09.CR.G
10/15/2010-4/30/2011
UMass Donahue Institute
333 South Street, 4th Floor
Shrewsbury, MA 01545-4169
Telephone: 774-455-7365
Fax: 774-455-7370
Program Specialist: Liz Fancher

2011 Annual Legislative Reception
Total Funding:$32,350

Federal Funds: $26,000 (80%)
Matching Funds: $6,350 (20%)

UMass Donahue Institute will oversee the planning of the Annual Legislative Reception to be held on March 2, 2011 at the Massachusetts State House. The goal of this project is to provide an opportunity for individuals with disabilities, family members and advocates to educate state legislators and administration policymakers about their priorities in legislation and budget matters. UMass Donahue Institute will coordinate, plan and supervise the logistics and staffing required to ensure appropriate outreach is made and that success of the event is achieved. The grantee will also conduct post-event surveys of attendees including legislators, people with disabilities, family members and advocates to determine the effectiveness in accomplishing the project goal and to identify opportunities for improvement for future events.

Grant # 08.QA.H
7/1/2009 - 6/30/2010
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
500 Harrison Ave. Suite 230
Boston, MA
(617) 624-7549
Program Specialist: Dan Shannon

Supporting Statewide Self Advocacy
Total Funding:
$278,000
Federal Funds:
$70,000 (25.18%)
Matching Funds:
$208,000 (74.82%)

The goal of this project is to build a strong self-advocacy organization in Massachusetts for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities. The project will develop the organizational structure and resources needed to sustain and support the mission of MA Advocates Standing Strong. M.A.S.S. will provide support to the 50 existing local and regional self-advocacy groups and work to develop new groups. M.A.S.S will expand board development and training to build and strengthen the organization, and will expand its capacity by diversifying its financial base. M.A.S.S. will continue to address issues important to its members including leadership development, self-determination and self-advocacy, housing, safety and exploitation, health, and accessibility.

Grant #07.QA.P
7/1/2008-6/30/2009
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
P.O. Box 6025
North Plymouth,MA
(508) 747-8111
Dan Shannon, Executive Director
Supporting Statewide Self Advocacy -- Total Funding: $278,000
Federal Funds: $70,000 (25.18%) Matching Funds: $208,000 (74.82%)
The goal of this project is to build a strong self-advocacy organization in Massachusetts for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities. The three main areas to this project include building a strong statewide network, developing the organizational structure and resources needed to sustain M.A.S.S. and support its mission, and taking action on issues important to the lives of self-advocates in Massachusetts, including leadership development, state and federal budgets and policies, self-determination, self-advocacy, housing, safety and exploitation, relationships, health, and accessibility.
Grant #07.CR.G
11/1/2008-4/30/2009
UMass Donahue Institute
225 Franklin Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-287-7058
Disability Policy Specialist: Kristin Britton

Annual Legislative Reception and Bi-annual Orientation for New Legislators
Total Funding:$39,250

Federal Funds: $36,000 (91.72%) Matching Funds: $3,250 (8.28%)

On February 5th, 2009, the MDDC's Bi-annual Orientation on Disability Issues for New Legislators takes place at Grand Staircase Hall in the Massachusetts State House. Newly elected legislators meet their constituents with disabilities, their family members and advocates to learn about disability issues.

On March 4th, 2009, the MDDC's 29th Annual Legislative Reception will be held at the Grand Staircase Hall in the Massachusetts State House. The reception provides an opportunity for the Governor and Legislators to meet with their constituents with developmental disabilities, their family members and advocates finding out about the legislative and budget priorities of the disability community for this legislative session. The reception also honors legislators for their efforts on behalf of people with disabilities during the previous legislative session. Attendees have the opportunity to meet with their own state senator and representative immediately after the reception.
Grant #08.QA.G
10/1/2008 - 9/30/2009
ARS
117 Sheridan Street
Boston, MA
(617) 216-5181
Program Specialist: Liz Fancher

Legislative Advocacy Training Project -- Total Funding: $37,875
Federal Funds: $33,000 (87.4%) Matching Funds: $4,875 (12.6%)

The primary goal of this project is to Promote Passage of the Council's Legislative Platform, Budget Priorities and Other Legislative Priorities

The grantee will provide training about the day-to-day working of the legislature and how to work with the legislature, as well as background material as needed, to the members of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council's Public Policy Team (parents and self-advocates) to be able to support the Council's Legislative Platform of six disability-related bills. The grantee will also involve other stakeholders in efforts to ensure the passage of this legislation through trainings and meetings. The grantee will work with the Public Policy Team and the broader constituency to help them to understand the nuances of these bills, and the obstacles that face them. The grantee will share effective ways to conduct advocacy for the bills and for state budget line items that affect people with disabilities
Grant #07.CS.K
7/1/2008 - 6/30/2009
The Arc of Massachusetts
217 South Street
Waltham, MA
(781) 891-6270
Program Specialist: Liz Fancher

Collaborative Systems Change --
Total Funding: $112,805
Federal Funds: $75,000 (66.49%) Matching Funds: $37,805 (33.51%)

The goal of this project is to implement systems change to advance community opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to participate in their communities. In collaboration with other organizations, the Arc will work to improve state regulations, funding and practices benefitting children and adults with developmental disabilities. Activities will focus on removing systemic barriers while increasing beneficial systemic policies, the empowerment of individuals with disabilities and their families and increasing public awareness of important issues that affect people with developmental disabilities.
Grant #07.ED.F
7/1/2008 - 6/30/2009
Massachusetts Advocates for
Children (MAC)
25 Kingston St. 2nd Floor
Boston, MA
(617) 357-8431
Program Specialist: Liz Fancher
Special Education Collaboration Project --
Total Funding: $104,556
Federal Funds: $75,000 (71.74%) Matching Funds: $29,556 (28.26%)

The goal of the project is to promote policies and practices that enhance educational potential, inclusion, and successful transition to adult life for children with developmental disabilities through a unique collaboration of diverse stakeholders involved with special education. This grant will build on the accomplishments made in the first three years of MAC's groundbreaking Special Education Collaborative, an alliance of parents, advocates, school administrators, teachers, education officials, legislators, and human service agencies. With this innovative model, the project will continue to work to improve special education policies and practices, address informational needs, and inform public policy makers about priority issues for children with developmental disabilities to receive the educational services necessary to reach their potential and facilitate inclusion in the community. The project will also identify new potential areas for collaboration.

Grant #07.CS.J
1/1/2008 - 12/31/2008
UMass Boston,
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA
(857) 218-4327
Program Specialist: Liz Fancher

Gopen Fellowship - vanBruinswaardt --
Total Funding: $36,980

Federal Funds:$18,000 (48.67%)
Matching Funds:$18,980 (51.33%)

The primary goal of this project was to increase knowledge in the area of developmental disabilities as it pertains to advocating for and achieving social inclusion for children in the special education system.

The Gopen Fellowship is a partnership of the Massachusetts DD Network, consisting of: the MDDC, the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), the Shriver Center, and the Disability Law Center, to provide leadership opportunities for people with developmental disabilities or their family members. The overall project goal is to foster the leadership capability of an individual by supporting that individual's development of a project, to enhance their general understanding of how the system of services works both in the Commonweath and on the federal level, and to build the capacity of the Fellow's personal leadership skills. Each year the specific goal of the project is developed by the individual selected to be the Gopen Fellow. This year's fellow focused on meaningful inclusion for children with invisible disabilities.

Grant #07.QA.M
10/1/2007 - 9/30/2008
ARS
117 Sheridan Street
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 216-5181
Program Specialist: Marylyn Howe

Legislative Advocacy Training Project --
Total Funding: $41,375
Federal Funds: $35,000 (84.59%) Matching Funds: $6,375 (15.41%)

The goal of the Legislative Advocacy Training Project is to increase the number of people active in assisting the Council to promote passage of the Council's Legislative Platform and other legislative priorities.

The grantee will provide training about the day-to-day working of the legislature and how to work with the legislature, as well as background material as needed, to the members of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council's Public Policy Team (parents and self-advocates) to be able to support the Council's Legislative Platform of six disability-related bills. The grantee will also involve other stakeholders in efforts to ensure the passage of this legislation through trainings and meetings. The grantee will work with the Public Policy Team and the broader constituency to help them to understand the nuances of these bills and the obstacles that face them as well as effective ways to conduct their advocacy for the bills.

Grant #06.QA.Q
7/1/2007-6/30/2008
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
385 Court Street #202
North Plymouth MA
(508) 747-8111



Supporting Statewide Self-Advocacy -- Total Funding: $164,698
Federal Funds: $60,000 (36.43%)
Matching Funds: $104,698 (63.57%)

The goal of this project is to build a strong and self-sufficient self-advocacy organization in Massachusetts for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities. M.A.S.S. will continue supporting the 50 existing local self-advocacy groups and work to develop new local groups, and will continue to strengthen its operational structure. M.A.S.S. will continue training and mentoring to the Board of Directors, comprised entirely of individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities, to expand their corporate management and leadership skills, and will work to expand its capacity by implementing a fundraising plan to diversify its financial base, with the long term goal of independence from Council and state agency financial support.

Grant #07.RE.B
5/1/2008 - 9/30/2008
Hockomock Area YMCA
300 Elmwood Street
North Attleboro, MA
(508) 695-7001 266
Program Specialist: Liz Fancher

Inclusive Summer Recreation -- Total Funding: $7,500
Federal Funds: $5,000 (66.67%)
Matching Funds: $2,500 (33.33%)

The goal of this project is to initiate a pilot project to achieve full and meaningful inclusion of children with disabilities in summer day camps. The Hockomock YMCA is proposing a unique pilot project to integrate a minimum of 65 children with special needs into its summer camps and improve the recreation experience for all participants. The YMCA will recruit six to eight special education teachers to provide specialized training for YMCA staff and counselors to enable them to work more effectively with children with special needs. The teachers will reinforce the initial training by serving as model camp counselors during the first two weeks of camp.

Grant #06.EM.F
10/1/2006 - 12/31/2007
Western MA Training Consortium
187 High Street, Suite 202
Holyoke, MA
(413) 536-2401 3017
Program Specialist:
Liz Fancher

From Self-Advocacy To Self-Employed -- Total Funding: $32,639
Federal Funds: $20,000 (61.28%) Matching Funds: 12,639 (38.72%)

From Self-Advocacy To Self-Employed is a peer-based training series and demonstration project that will teach and support self-advocates interested in becoming entrepreneurs to run their own businesses as a means of achieving their dreams. Two self-advocate entrepreneurs will be supported to develop an overview on how to start a business using their own experiences as examples. They will then provide training for up to 150 self-advocates in Western Massachusetts. Self-advocates will be invited to apply for seed money for their business ideas, including submitting a business plan proposal. Ten candidates will be selected and announced at the fourth annual Western MA Self-Advocacy Conference. These grantees will be mentored by the two self-advocate entrepreneurs in starting their businesses. In addition, a self-advocate entrepreneur network association will be formed to support ongoing entrepreneurial activities.

Grant #06.CS.E
09/1/2007 - 6/30/2008
The Arc of Massachusetts
217 South Street
Waltham, MA
(781) 891-6270
Program Specialist:
Liz Fancher

Unmet Needs Systems Change -- Total Funding: $66,634
Federal Funds: $50,000 (75%) Matching Funds: $16,634 (25%)

This project will have a long term impact on individuals with developmental disabilities by addressing new waiver applications, the policies which the applications are based upon and related objectives in regulations and budget. The three major target areas are: a. instituting 1915 C Medicaid HCBS waivers which increase access to services and community integration; b. promote regulations which increase access for consumers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, removing existing barriers; and c. provide funding to insure services to existing and new consumers.

Grant #06.ED.G
07/01/2007 -6/30/2008
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
25 Kingston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-357-8431
Program Specialist: Marylyn Howe

Special Education Collaboration Project - Total Funding: $90,761
Federal Funds: $50,000 (55.09%)
Matching Funds: $40,761 (44.91%)

The goal of the project is to promote policies and practices that enhance educational potential and inclusion of children with developmental disabilities through a unique collaboration of diverse stakeholders involved with special education. This grant will build on MAC's groundbreaking Special Education Collaborative, an alliance of parents, advocates, school administrators, teachers, education officials, legislators, and human service agencies. With this innovative model, the project will continue to work to improve special education policies and practices, address informational needs, and inform public policy makers about priority issues for children with developmental disabilities to receive the educational services necessary to reach their potential and facilitate inclusion in the community.

Grant #05.QA.R
10/01/06 to 08/31/07
ARS
117 Sheridan Street
Boston , MA 02130
617-216-5181
Program Specialist: Peggy Freedman

Legislative Advocacy Training -- Total Funding: $35,525.00
Federal Funds: $30,000.00 (84.44%)
Matching Funds: $5,525.00 (15.55%)

The goal of this project is to enable individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members to learn how to advocate with the Massachusetts Legislature for the supports and services they need to live rich lives in their own communities. The grantee will provide information, training, resources, and individual and organizational skill building in accessible and culturally competent formats to underserved populations of people and their families with developmental disabilities and their associated advocacy groups. The project will work to empower a core of advocates who represent the constituency and who are confident enough to testify at the House and Senate Ways and Means Committee budget hearings, at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services budget hearings, and before any committee which is assigned a bill that they are following; and to develop an additional group of people with disabilities and family members at the grass roots level who are confident enough to contact their own state representatives and senators on an ongoing basis.

Grant #06.EM.G
10/1/2006 - 9/30/2007
Massachusetts Project with
Industry, Inc., d/b/a/
Resource Partnership
251West Central Street, Suite 31
Natick, MA 01760
508-647-1722 Ext. 12
Program Specialist: Peggy Freedman

Massachusetts Association of Benefits Services (MABS)
Benefits Planning Calendar - Total Funding: $34,625.00
Federal Funds: $20,000.00 (57.8%)
Matching Funds: $14,625.00 (42.2%)

The goal of the project is to design, produce and disseminate a Benefits Planning Calendar, which will enable Social Security Administration (SSA) beneficiaries to record earnings, deductible expenses, and store correspondence from and to SSA. It will also contain resources and information regarding SSA Work Incentives and other federal and state benefit programs. The Massachusetts Association of Benefits Services (MABS) strives to develop services and products that enable individuals with disabilities to make informed choices about work and training. MABS is a collaboration of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission's Project IMPACT, Resource Partnership's BenePLAN and the Disability Law Center. All projects are funded under Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act and are designed to assist individuals with disabilities better understand the impact work will have on their public benefits.

Grant #06.QA.B
10/1/2006 - 9/30/2007
Legal Aid University
99 Chauncy St., 5 th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-357-0717
Program Specialist: Gina Brith



Side by Side: Best Practices Video - Total Funding: $28,982
Federal Funds: $20,000 (69.01%)
Matching Funds: $8,982 (30.99%)

Legal Aid University will develop the Side by Side video to complement LAU's existing "Whole Client" course and adapt it into an online format. LAU will train legal aids, leaders, and staff and show the Side by Side video at New England training events, project director meetings, and statewide legal aid coalition meetings to spark awareness and discussions to ensure quality representation of individuals with developmental disabilities. By enhancing access, preventing miscommunication and demonstrating these best practices in an effective format, clients will receive the maximum benefit from their attorney and those trained will master skills that will help them and hundreds of clients over the course of their career.

Grant #06.HE.I
10/1/06 -9/30/07
Boston Medical Center
600 Harrison Ave., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-414-5292
Program Specialist:Peggy Freedman



Here to Help Advocacy Program -- Total Funding: $52,837
Federal Funds:$20,000 (37.85%)
Matching Funds:$32,837 (62.15%)

The goal of this project is to improve access to quality health care for 50-100 outpatients with developmental disabilities at the Boston Medical Center (BMC) through the provision of trained volunteer advocates. BMC's Here to Help Disability Advocacy Program (H2H) had originally been created to serve inpatients with cognitive disabilities and/or communication limitations. Council funds will enable BMC to expand the program to serve outpatients with these disabilities. The project will: help outpatients at BMC to make their needs known more effectively; facilitate preventive health care programs for them; and increase their access to hospital-based and local resources. The project will also be a model for other medical facilities to use to improve health services for people with developmental disabilities

Grant: 05.CS.L
7/01/06 to 08/31/07
Massachusetts Families Organizing For Change
P.O. Box 61
Raynham , MA 02768
508-999-4436
Program Specialist: Peggy Freedman

Flexible Supports Coalition (Year Three) -- Total Funding: $66,680.00
Federal Funds: $50,000 (75%)
Matching Funds: $16,680.00 (25%)

The primary goal for this project is to solidify the Commonwealth's long-term commitment to flexible individual and family supports by working collaboratively with stakeholders in ensuring the dissemination and effective implementation of Chapter 171, the "Individual and Family Support" legislation. The project will collaborate with EOHHS agencies and work to build coalition(s) and ensure systems change. It will provide consultation and technical assistance to key EOHHS state agency staff who are responsible for planning and implementing policy in response to Chapter 171, to ensure broad representation in the development of Agency Support Plans. The project will also develop relationships, effective outreach, and training tools to raise awareness of Chapter 171 across the disability spectrum. The project will promote the development and implementation of strategies to educate policy makers, providers, and the general public about Chapter 171 and the benefits of flexible supports.

Grant #05.QA.Q
7/1/2006 - 6/30/2007
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
385 Court St.
North Plymouth, MA 02360
508-747-8111



Supporting Statewide Self-Advocacy -- Total Funding: $185,035
Federal Funds: $60,000 (32.43%)
Matching Funds: $114,034 (61.63%)

The goal of the project is to build a strong statewide self-advocacy organization in Massachusetts for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities. The project will address the continued development of the operational structure and resources needed to sustain and grow the non-profit organization, including extensive training and mentoring to the Board of Directors, comprised entirely of individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities, to expand their corporate management and leadership skills. M.A.S.S. will also develop and support local and regional self-advocacy groups, and expand the participation of self-advocates in legislative, policy and budget advocacy.

Grant #05.HO.K
10/1/2006 - 6/30/2007
Boston Center for Independent Living
60 Temple Place, 5th Floor
Boston, MA
(617) 338-6665
Program Specialist: Liz Fancher

Principles In Action (PIA) -- Total Funding: $23,750
Federal Funds: $15,000 (63.16%) Matching Funds:$8,750 (36.84%)

The broad goal of the Principles in Action (PIA) Project is to increase the development of integrated housing for people with disabilities. PIA will achieve its goal through three major activities: the education of key parties on housing principles, development of a coalition of people with disabilities and advocates who will drive the education process, and systems change to better achieve principles in future. This project will use the integrated housing principles developed under a previous grant to further educate individuals and agencies in key leadership positions and those who impact housing development decisions. People with disabilities will implement this project under the tutelage of BCIL, with the involvement of the UCAN organization in the Boston area. In addition, BCIL will identify some specific tasks that could increase the development of integrated housing through systems change and organize to achieve them.

Grant #05.CR.C
10/1/2006 - 3/31/2007
UMass Donahue Institute
225 Franklin Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-287-7058
Program Specialist: Gina Brith

Annual Legislative Reception and Bi-annual Orientation for New Legislators
Total Funding:$33,158
Federal Funds: $30,000 (90.48%)
Matching Funds: $3,158 (9.52%)

On January 31, 2007 the MDDC's Bi-annual Orientation on Disability Issues for New Legislators takes place at Grand Staircase Hall in the Massachusetts State House. Newly elected legislators meet their constituents with disabilities, their family members and advocates to learn about disability issues.

On March 21, 2007 the MDDC's 29 th Annual Legislative Reception will be held at the Grand Staircase Hall in the Massachusetts State House. The reception provides an opportunity for the Governor and Legislators to meet with their constituents with developmental disabilities, their family members and advocates to find out about the legislative and budget priorities of the disability community for this legislative session. The reception also honors legislators for their efforts on behalf of people with disabilities during the previous legislative session. Attendees have the opportunity to meet with their own state senator and representative immediately after the reception.

Grant 05.ED.H
10/01/06 to 06/30/07
Children's Hospital, Boston
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston , MA 02115
617-355-4690
Program Specialist: Peggy Freedman

Life After We Screen -- Total Funding: $76,132.12
Federal Funds: $15,000.00 (19.70%)
Matching Funds: $61,132.12 (80.29%)

Last year, under the "We Screen: Developmental Screening in Primary Care Project," Children's Hospital, Boston, implemented the use of a validated developmental screening tool to identify children at high risk for developmental needs. Because of the project, which received Council funding, now all children receiving primary care at Children's Hospital (CHB) benefit from high quality screening to identify developmental disabilities efficiently and early. The "Life After We Screen" project will survey parents/families of children referred for further evaluation after routine developmental screening under the "We Screen" project to assure that these children with disabilities are participating in community-provided service. Children's Hospital will identify barriers to access to community developmental services for these children, provide support as needed, and generate an action plan to overcome the common obstacles for incoming children with developmental disabilities.



Grant #05.ED.I
10/1/2006 -6/30/2007
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
25 Kingston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-357-8431
Program Specialist: Gina Brith

Special Education Collaboration Project - Total Funding: $67,737
Federal Funds: $50,000 (73.81%)
Matching Funds: $17,737 (26.19%)

The goal of the project is to promote policies and practices that enhance educational potential and inclusion of children with developmental disabilities through a unique collaboration of diverse stakeholders involved with special education. This grant will build on MAC's groundbreaking Special Education Collaborative, an alliance of parents, advocates, school administrators, teachers, education officials, legislators, and human service agencies. With this innovative model, the project will continue to work to improve special education policies and practices, address informational needs, and inform public policy makers about priority issues for children with developmental disabilities to receive the educational services necessary to reach their potential and facilitate inclusion in the community.

Grant #05.CS.J
10/1/2006 - 6/30/2007
The Arc of Massachusetts
217 South Street
Waltham, MA
(781) 891-6270
Program Specialist:
Liz Fancher

Unmet Needs Systems Change -- Total Funding: $62,893
Federal Funds: $50,000 (79.50%) Matching Funds: $12,893 (20.50%)

This project will have a long term impact on individuals with developmental disabilities by addressing new waiver applications, the policies which the applications are based upon and related objectives in regulations and budget. The three major target areas are: a. instituting 1915 C Medicaid HCBS waivers which increase access to services and community integration; b. promote regulations which increase access for consumers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, removing existing barriers; and c. provide funding to insure services to existing and new consumers.

Grant # 05.CS.M
10/01/05 to 12/31/06
Great Wall Center, Inc.
110 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 388-6931
Program Specialist:
Peggy Freedman

MADAC Parent Association-$20,000

The project goal is to build the capacity of the newly formed MADAC (Malden Asian Disability Advocacy Coalition) parent and consumer association serving the growing local population of Asian and Pacific Islander families. Through learning and mentoring using an adult education model, the project will empower members through involvement in shared decision making processes, partnering with skilled advocates to demand system change, and access to local essential family support services. The project will provide opportunities for members to participate in local and statewide networking opportunities, mentor families who have greater barriers, and develop emerging local leaders with expertise in working on issues effectively at the local level to improve the overall quality of life for Asians with developmental disabilities.

Grant #05.EM.H.
10/01/05 to 09/30/06
New England Business Associates, Inc.
67 Hunt Street
Agawam, MA 01001
Telephone: 413-821-9200
MDDC Program Specialist
Wayne A. Perry, Jr.

Self-Employment for Youth with Disabilities--$19,461.20

The project goal is to identify youth and families with an interest in self-employment and provide them with the educational tools and ongoing support they need to launch and sustain a business. The project will raise awareness about the opportunities for self-employment for youth with disabilities, provide information and support groups to 15-20 parents of youth interested in the option of self-employment, and identify 4-6 young entrepreneurs with disabilities who have made progress in developing a business concept and organize them into an innovative "best practice" entrepreneurial network. In collaboration with Springfield Technical Community College, Entrepreneurial Institute, the project will tailor education resources for youth with disabilities and enable 10 youth to participate in Institute programs.

Grant #05.EM.I.
10/01/05 to 09/30/06
Easter Seals Massachusetts
89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: 617-226-2852
MDDC Program Specialist
Wayne A. Perry, Jr.

Public Affairs Internship Program--$17,634

The project goal is to provide internship opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to work in a business environment and to experience employment situations with a strong support system in the background. Interns will be paid a stipend and travel costs while working on increasing the activity and effectiveness of the Easter Seals Legislative Action Network. Intern activities will include participating in community meetings, contributing to the Public Affairs website and newsletter and performing other related tasks. The targeted outcomes include providing an opportunity for people with developmental disabilities to increase their employability through the internship experience by networking in the community, and increasing Easter Seals local advocacy efforts on issues that are important to people with developmental disabilities.

Grant # 04.CS.L
10/1/05 to 06/30/06
The Arc of Massachusetts
217 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453-2769
Telephone: 781-891-6270
MDDC Program Specialist:
Liz Fancher

Addressing Unmet Needs in the Post-Boulet Era -- $25,000

The project goal is to promote systems change in the service delivery system for unserved people with developmental disabilities. Individuals with disabilities entering the Massachusetts human service system have relied heavily on two primary sources for funding: The Turning 22 program and the Boulet settlement. The five-year Boulet settlement plan (FY02-FY06) that mandated state spending for people will end, and no plans, data or advocacy are in place. The project will gather data on need and availability of services, assess the state of point-of-entry portals, and work with policymakers to allocate new funds for individuals who were not included in the original settlement class, or whose service needs may arise in the post-Boulet era.

Grant # 04.CS.M
10/01/05 - 6/30/06
Understanding Our Differences
PO Box 600671
Newton, MA 02460
Telephone: 617-332-5951
MDDC Program Specialist:
Liz Fancher
Building Inclusive Communities -- $18,992

The project goal is to develop workshops targeting community support providers to promote inclusion and greater access to community supports for people with developmental disabilities. The workshops will include an interactive curriculum that will help individuals to reconsider assumptions and perceptions to demystify developmental conditions. These workshops will be used by police, fire departments, librarians, school systems and various public service organizations to increase knowledge and understanding of people with developmental disabilities by providing information to those who are charged to protect and serve them.

Grant #05.HO.J
10/01/05 - 9/30/06
Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
18 Tremont Street, Suite 401
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: 617-742-0820
MDDC Program Specialist:
Liz Fancher
Statewide Initiatives to Expand Housing Resources -- $20,000

The project goal is to focus on statewide policies and initiatives that will result in increased resources and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The project will include three efforts: providing recommendations to the MA Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness on resources for households that are below 30% of the area median income, including people with disabilities; working with the Department of Housing and Community Development to implement specific recommendations on DHCD's Olmstead initiatives for people with disabilities; and educating developers of Chapter 40B projects on the benefits of including universal design in affordable homeownership units, in order to include more people with disabilities.

Grant #04.HO.A
10/1/05 - 06/30/06
Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL)
95 Berkeley Street, Suite 206
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: 617-338-6665
Program Specialist: Liz Fancher

Community Based Housing Advocacy Project -- $19,780

Independent Living Centers across the Commonwealth are collaborating on this project. The project will result in the development of integrated housing for people with disabilities by conducting research about integrated housing that can be used to educate and influence policymakers, advocating with state agencies to use housing development funds in integrated housing models, and identifying and partnering with nonprofit developers to develop housing using integrated housing models.



Grant # 05.CR.E
11/1/2005 to 4/30/2006
University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute
225 Franklin Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: 617-287-7058
MDDC Program Specialist:
Gina Brith

Annual Legislative Reception -- $20,000

The annual Legislative Reception provides an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities, family members and advocates to educate state legislators and administration policymakers about their priorities in legislation and budget matters. The reception also honors legislators for their efforts in the Massachusetts Legislature on behalf of people with disabilities. This year's reception will be held at the Massachusetts State House on March 1, 2006.

Grant # 04.ED.G
10/1/2005 to 6/30/2006
Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)
100 Boylston Street, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: 617-357-8431
MDDC Program Specialist:
Gina Brith

Systems Change Special Education Collaboration Project -- $25,000

The project goal is to promote policies and practices that enhance educational potential and inclusion of children with DD through a unique collaboration of diverse stakeholders involved with special education. Students with DD face significant obstacles in accessing supports and services in the public schools with the myriad of changes in federal and state law, the ongoing fiscal crisis, and challenges posed by education reform. The project will build on a groundbreaking alliance of parents, advocates, school administrators, teachers, education officials, legislators and human service providers to continue collaborative efforts to identify common areas of concern. The project will improve special education policies and practices, address cross-entity informational needs and inform policymakers about priority issues for students with developmental disabilities.

Grant #05.ED.G
10/1/05 - 9/30/06
Children's Hospital, Boston
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA
Telephone: (617) 355-4125
MDDC Program Specialist:
Peggy Freedman

Children's Hospital, Boston -- $19,999

We Screen: Developmental Screening in Primary Care.

The project goal is to create a model for nurse practitioners, family practitioners, and pediatricians to use a validated developmental screening tool effectively and efficiently. Children's Hospital will supply experts to educate providers about the tool and to consult on outcome measurements, but additional supports are needed. Training community practitioners to use the Parent Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS, a developmental screening tool) effectively is a unique opportunity to document a new standard of delivering primary care screening. This will pave the way for practices locally and nationally to institute this practice change, and will directly enhance life-long opportunities of children with developmental disabilities

Grant # 04.QA.P
July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
437 Elm Street
Kingston, MA 02364
MDDC Program Specialist
Sandy Houghton

Statewide Self-Advocacy Project/Self-Advocacy Leadership Series (SALS)--$40,000

In year five of our partnership, M.A.S.S. continues its work to to build a strong self-advocacy organization in Massachusetts for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities, and to expand self-advocacy on a statewide basis. The project focuses on strengthening regional and local self-advocacy networks and on coordinating strong and effective legislative and budget advocacy by people with developmental disabilities. The Council and M.A.S.S. also continue their collaboration to enhance leadership skills and active participation in statewide self-advocacy coalitions. The Self-Advocacy Leadership Series, comprised of several seminars focusing on the keys to effective advocacy and leadership, continues regionally based trainings.

Grant # 04.CS.K
7/01/05 - 6/30/06 Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change
P.O. Box 61
Raynham, MA 02768
508-999-4436
P rogram Specialist: Peggy Freedman

Flexible Supports Coalition (Year Two) -- $50,000

The primary goal of this project is to solidify the Commonwealth's long-term commitment to flexible individual and family supports and to work collaboratively with stakeholders in ensuring the effective implementation of Chapter 171, the "Individual and Family Support" law. The project will build coalitions to ensure systems change by developing relationships and collaborating with Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) agencies and staff responsible for planning and implementing policy in response to Chapter 171. The project will provide consultation and technical assistance to ensure broad representation in the development of Agency Support Plans, conduct training to raise awareness of Chapter 171 across the disability spectrum, and develop and implement strategies to educate policy makers, providers and the general public about Chapter 171 and the benefits of flexible supports.

Grant # 03.QA.V
July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
437 Elm Street
Kingston, MA 02364
MDDC Program Specialist:
Sandy Houghton

Statewide Self-Advocacy Project/Self-Advocacy Leadership Series (SALS)--$47,150

In year four of a five-year partnership, M.A.S.S. continues its work to expand self-advocacy on a statewide basis for individuals with developmental disabilities. The project focuses on developing regional and local self-advocacy networks to support M.A.S.S mission and on coordinating strong and effective advocacy by people with developmental disabilities. Emphasis will also be placed on strengthening the infrastructure of the organization to maintain its long-tem capacity to assist self-advocates. The Council and M.A.S.S. continue a partnership to enhance leadership skills and active participation in statewide self-advocacy coalitions. The Self-Advocacy Leadership Series, building off the successful pilot project, is comprised of several seminars focusing on the keys to effective advocacy and leadership.

Grant #04.HO.B
10/01/04 - 12/31/05
Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
18 Tremont Street, Suite 401
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: 617-742-0820
Program Specialist:
Liz Fancher

Creating New Affordable Housing Resources -- $20,000

CHAPA will accomplish the project's goal of providing increased access to affordable housing via three major activities: CHAPA will develop a new comprehensive housing search handbook on how people with disabilities can access affordable housing in Massachusetts and develop fact sheets for managers of affordable housing and consumers. CHAPA will also begin to develop a database system that will track the location and availability of units financed by the low income housing tax credit program, the Affordable housing Trust fund program and the city of Boston set-aside program. CHAPA is also hosting meetings for information sharing and education among advocates on various disability efforts on housing.

Grant # 04.CS.J
Jan 1, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005
Gopen Fellowship
Institute for Community Inclusion -
UMass Boston
20 Park Plaza
Boston , MA 02108
(617)287-4300(voice)
(617)287-4350(TTY)
Liz Fancher
Program Specialist

Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship

The Barbara Wilensky Gopen fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a person with a disability or a family member to gain valuable knowledge and experience by working with members of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network Programs. The Gopen fellow works 20 hours per week, in consultation with staff at the Institute of Community Inclusion and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council. Activities are based on the fellow's interest and may include but are not limited to grassroots advocacy, public policy analysis, research and leadership development. The fellow also attends local and national public policy forums to broaden his knowledge on current disability topics.

Grant # 04.CS.B
10/1/2004 to 9/30/2005 Associates for Human Services, Inc.
68 Allison Avenue
Taunton , MA 02780 Telephone: 508-880-0202
MDDC Program Specialist:
Gina Brith

Residential Volunteer Coordinator -- $20,000

Associates for Human Services will develop and implement a volunteer program in their residential system to assist individuals to actively participate in their communities, ultimately achieving community inclusion. The project's goal will be achieved through connecting individuals with a volunteer who shares the same or similar talents, interests and the desire to assist individuals to connect within their communities.

Grant # 03.CS.H
04/01/04 to 06/30/05
Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change
P.O. Box 61
Raynham, MA 02768
508-999-4436
MDDC Program Specialist
P
eggy Freedman

Flexible Supports Coalition -- $50,000

Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC) will help the Flexible Supports Coalition to ensure the proper and effective implementation of Chapter 171, An Act Providing Support to Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families. The Flexible Supports Coalition is comprised of representatives from numerous constituent groups served by seven agencies under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. MFOFC will work with the Coalition to increase the understanding of, acceptance, and utilization of flexible supports (individual and family supports). The Project will provide support and collaborative activities to staff in seven state human service agencies responsible for developing annual Individual and Family Support plans, as well as to constituent groups to participate in the process of substantial consultation for plan development and assessment. In addition, the Project will provide training for policy makers, providers, and the general public about Chapter 171 and the benefits of flexible supports. Arc Massachusetts, Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong, and the Disability Policy Consortium will assist with the training.

Grant #04.EM.A Massachusetts 4-H
Foundation, Inc.
10/01/2004 - 9/30/2005
22 Eliot Street
Ashland, MA 1721
Telephone: (508) 881-1244
MDDC Program Specialist:
Wayne Perry

Workforce Preparation Opportunities at Camp --$20,000.00

The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation's project Workforce Preparation Opportunities at Camp introduces a new workforce readiness program at a well-established camp facility ( Camp Howe, Goshen, MA) which has a longhistory of working with young people with developmental disabilities. Camp Howe stands apart from most other camps by its commitment to inclusion and is fully accessible to all youth. The goal of this project is to provide learning opportunities for the young people 16-25 years of age enrolled in the Camp Howe ECHO (Environmental Camp for Helping Others) program.

This project adds a critical new component, which offers an opportunity to develop employable work skills that build confidence and self-esteem. The project will take place in a caring community of young people and adults in an atmosphere that is safe, enjoyable while fostering independence, responsibility and new challenges.

Grant #03.EM.L
10/01/2004 - 6/30/2005
Nashoba Regional School District
50 Mechanic Street
Bolton, MA 01740
Telephone: 978 -779-0539 x 3014
MDDC Program Specialist:
Wayne Perry

Positive Opportunity for Student Transition (POST) -- $20,000.00

The Nashoba Regional District (NRSD), Office of Special Education has been developing in-school programs to serve students who would otherwise be in out of district placements. The goal of project POST, is to develop a job skill and community awareness program for high school students with significant developmental disabilities.The project is designed to increase students' knowledge about work and careers and to improve students' awareness of community resources. POST will provide students with work skills to help them obtain part time employment during high school and to secure appropriate employment upon graduation (age 22). Emphasis on employment, with support of academic program, will improve student social skills, and further promote inclusion into their school and home communities. The addition of a strong v vocational component will improve, district-wide, the school to life transition process as required by state and federal mandates.

Grant # 03.QA.V
July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
437 Elm Street
Kingston, MA 02364
MDDC Program Specialist:
Sandy Houghton

Statewide Self-Advocacy Project/Self-Advocacy Leadership Series (SALS)--$47,150

In year four of a five-year partnership, M.A.S.S. continues its work to expand self-advocacy on a statewide basis for individuals with developmental disabilities. The project focuses on developing regional and local self-advocacy networks to support M.A.S.S mission and on coordinating strong and effective advocacy by people with developmental disabilities. Emphasis will also be placed on strengthening the infrastructure of the organization to maintain its long-tem capacity to assist self-advocates. The Council and M.A.S.S. continue a partnership to enhance leadership skills and active participation in statewide self-advocacy coalitions. The Self-Advocacy Leadership Series, building off the successful pilot project, is comprised of several seminars focusing on the keys to effective advocacy and leadership.

Grant # 03.ED.G
10/1/2004 to 6/30/2005
Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)
100 Boylston Street,
Suite 200
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: 617-357-8431
MDDC Program Specialist:
Gina Brith

The Special Education Collaboration Project -- $20,000

This alliance of key stakeholders involved in special education will identify common areas of concern, address informational needs, inform public policy makers of the priority issues for children with developmental disabilities and build a consensus on policies and practices that improve outcomes and enhance educational potential and inclusion. Ultimately, the project will increase the number of students with developmental disabilities who receive the educational services necessary to reach their educational potential and facilitate inclusion in the community.

Grant #03.RE.C
10/01/04 - 6/30/05
All Out Adventures
116 Pleasant Street,
Suite 3103
Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-527-8980
Program Specialist:
Liz Fancher

Pathways to Participation, Year 3 -- $30,000

Building on the previous years' experiences, All Out Adventures will continue to build inclusion though accessing community recreation groups, and municipal park and recreation departments. Project staff will provide training to community recreation organizations to break down the attitudinal barriers that exist in those organizations, and to educate them about the benefits of inclusive recreation. In addition, All Out Adventures will continue to work with individuals on specific recreation plans. These individuals will integrate community recreation into their lives in a way that will be both lasting and meaningful, leading to independent community involvement after the grant-funded period has come to an end.
2004 Grants
Grant # 03.CS.G
Jan 1, 2004 - Dec 31, 2004
Gopen Fellowship
Institute for Community Inclusion -
UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
(617)287-4300
Peggy Freedman
Council's Legal Counsel

Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship - $32,000. This fellowship offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience by working with members of the Masschusetts Developmental Disabilities Network Programs. Activities may include grassroots advocacy, public policy analysis, research, leadership development, grant reviews, education reform and community recreation. Other activites related to the fellow's interest and experience are possible.

Grant #03.HO.A
10/15/03 to 11/30/04
Arc Massachusetts
217 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453-2769
Telephone: 781-891-6270
MDDC Program Specialist:
Elizabeth Fancher

Increasing Housing Options for People with Developmental Disabilities -- $70,000

Arc Massachusetts is implementing a housing development project for the benefit of the population with developmental disabilities. Regional housing partners will determine a housing model to be created and act as a steering committee to guide the project. Arc Massachusetts is also conducting activities to maintain and improve statutes, regulations and policies pertaining to housing for people with disabilities in Massachusetts.

Grant #02.CI.A.
8/1/03 to 6/30/04
All Out Adventures, Inc.
116 Pleasant Street, Suite 3103
Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-527-8980
MDDC Program Specialist:
Elizabeth Fancher
Pathways to Participation: A Community Inclusion Initiative -- $60,000

Pathways to Participation's goal is to foster community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities through access to recreation and the outdoors. All Out Adventures (AOA) is creating a recreation coalition that will connect with the recreation providers, community programs, clubs and outdoor areas of Western Massachusetts. In addition, AOA will begin to address some of the systemic barriers and negative societal perceptions that face individuals with developmental disabilities by implementing an educational and training component for mainstream recreation and community service organizations. Finally, AOA will run a pilot program to integrate inclusive community recreation into the lives of several individuals with developmental disabilities in a way that will be both lasting and meaningful, leading to long term independent community involvement.
Grant #02.EM.A.
10/01/03 to 06/30/04
Northampton Public Schools
Northampton Pupil Services
c/o Clarke School - Rogers Hall
Pound Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Telephone: 413-587-1451
MDDC Program Specialist
Wayne A. Perry, Jr.

Northampton Opportunities to Work--$20,000

The Northampton School Department's project "Northampton Opportunities to Work (NOW)" is designed to provide community supports and normalized activities to 16-22 year old individuals with developmental disabilities who are preparing to move to independent adult lives prior to leaving the Northampton Public Schools and special education services. NOW will provide innovative community-based supports to complement and reinforce school-based instructional activities. School-based instructional activities will provide a stable base of outcome-oriented instruction and age-appropriate social interactions.
An added component of this project will be the involvement of employers in the design of the school-based curriculum. Employers will visit the schools and discuss their expectations as an employer. Their involvement will not only provide for meaningful collaborations, but insure a seamless delivery of instruction and the provision of services.
Grant #02.RE.A
10/01/03 to 06/30/04
Franciscan Hospital for Children
30 Warren Street
Brighton, MA 02135
617-254-3800 x6160
MDDC Program Specialist
Peggy Freedman

Opening Doors Initiative-$20,000

The Kennedy Day School (KDS) at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, is a Chapter 766 special education school for children with intensive, multiple special educational needs, including significant health and medical needs.
Its purpose is to realize each child's potential for academic, social, and physical development. Through the Opening Doors Initiative, KDS will provide community inclusion recreational experience for 60 young people ages 5-21 with severe, multiple developmental disabilities and will develop accessible community resources for them and others with developmental disabilities. KDS will work with the local YMCA and library to provide recreational swim and children's literacy programming, use handicapped accessible transportation to bring the children to the activities in the community, and enable the families of these students to pursue these activities in their own communities.
Grant #02.ED.B
10/01/03 to 06/30/04
Jewish Family & Children's Service
31 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-614-1997
MDDC Program Specialist
Peggy Freedman

Reading Ahead-$20,000

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS) will implement a literacy project for adults with developmental disabilities. The Reading Ahead project will: provide weekly classroom instruction, individual tutoring, and field trips for 12 program participants (who are primarily living in JF&CS Community Housing for Adult Independence (CHAI) residences); train families and supportive housing providers to promote literacy skills through daily activities and a text-rich environment; recruit and train volunteers to provide one-to-one tutoring and mentoring; and find and provide appropriate reading materials. It will also work to provide modified computer literacy training for its participants. These literacy skills will help to increase participants' vocational options, acceptance by non-disabled peers, access to community resources, self-reliance, self-esteem, and independence. In addition, the Reading Ahead project will conduct outreach, training, and networking activities to expand literacy resources to at least 50 additional people with developmental disabilities who are living in other settings in the Greater Boston area. It will conduct outreach and training for local librarians, adult education staff, literacy organizations, and other providers of community-based housing to recognize and accommodate the needs of adults with developmental disabilities.
Grant #02.QA.C SUBOBJ: 01 PROG:ENOF
10/01/03 to 06/30/04
Great Wall Center Inc.
110 Pleasant Street, Third Floor 222
Malden, MA 02148
Telephone: 781-388-6931
MDDC Program Specialist
Wayne A. Perry, Jr.

Malden Asian Disability Advocacy Coalition, Project Removing Barriers --$20,000

The Malden Asian Disability Advocacy Coalition (MADAC) is a result of the Great Wall Center's efforts to expand the dialogue of cultural diversity in Malden and to identify new ways to address the needs of a growing Asian population. Project Removing Barriers is designed to implement several infrastructure-enhancing initiatives to strengthen MADAC's members' readiness to serve the underserved Asian people with developmental disabilities in Malden. Strategies central to Project Removing Barriers include: Increase consumer participation by 3 or more parents. Develop a pilot interpreter program for consumers and parents to access local services. Enhance cultural awareness of providers through social and cultural events. Expand outreach capacity through production of bilingual information materials. Form an ongoing education planning committee to produce workshop series on developmental disabilities and cultural competency.
Grant #03.HO.B.
10/1/03 to 6/30/04
Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
18 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: 617-742-0820
MDDC Program Specialist:
Elizabeth Fancher
Promoting Housing Resources for Community Inclusion -- $20, 000

CHAPA will accomplish the project's goal of promoting increased housing opportunities and community inclusion for people with disabilities via three major activities: 1) Education and advocacy for programs to fund housing production and home modifications for people with disabilities, and for zoning regulations to benefit community housing models for people with disabilities. 2) Information and outreach in Spanish to people with disabilities looking for accessible and affordable housing. CHAPA will translate a brochure and section of the website for the Mass Access Housing Registry. CHAPA will also work with several independent living centers to conduct outreach to Spanish speaking communities. 3) Promotion of homeownership opportunities for people with disabilities through HUD's Section 8 Homeownership program by producing a guidebook for housing authorities, lenders and others that will highlight the program enhancements for people with disabilities. The guidebook will include information on providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities.
Grant # 02.SD.C
July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
P.O. Box 6025
North Plymouth, MA 02362

Council Program Specialist
Sandy Houghton
Statewide Self-Advocacy Project/Self-Advocacy Leadership Series (SALS)--$25,000

In year three of a five-year partnership, M.A.S.S. is working to strengthen the self-advocacy network in Massachusetts for individuals with developmental disabilities. The project continues to focus on developing regional and local self-advocacy networks to support its mission and coordinate self-advocacy efforts. The Council and M.A.S.S. have also extended our partnership to assist self-advocates to enhance leadership skills and to actively participate in statewide self-advocacy coalitions. The Self-Advocacy Leadership Series, building off the successful pilot project, is comprised of several seminars focusing on the keys to effective advocacy and leadership.
Grant # 02-ED.A
10/1/2003 to 6/30/2004
Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)
100 Boylston Street, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: 617-357-8431
MDDC Program Specialist:
Gina Brith
MCAS Disability Transition Project -- $20,000

The MCAS Disability Project will work to ensure that the thousands of high school students with developmental disabilities failing MCAS receive legally required and appropriate supports and services. MAC will create specialized educational materials focusing on the specific needs and legal requirements for these students. The project aims to remove barriers with an innovative model of outreach and training, providing information to parents, school administrators, teachers, human service providers, and post-secondary institutions. Ultimately the project will increase the number of students with developmental disabilities who receive the educational and transition services necessary to reach their educational potential, graduate with a diploma, and pursue vocational and post-secondary opportunities that lead to productivity, fulfillment, and inclusion in the community.
Grant # 03-ED.A
10/1/2003 to 6/30/2004
Medford Public Schools
489 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA 02155
Telephone: 781-393-2211
MDDC Program Specialist:
Gina Brith
Project Early Inclusion -- $13,000

Medford Public Schools Project Early Inclusion will provide playgroups and workshops that focus on infants and toddlers as well as pre-school and kindergarten-aged children and their families. The goal of this project is to increase interactions between the parent and child as well as increased social interactions among children with and without disabilities. The workshops for parents and playgroup time for children will offer knowledge and opportunities for play-based learning with a goal toward increasing children's emotional intelligence. It is anticipated that this emphasis on emotional development will improve parent-child relationships, develop peer relationships among children with and without disabilities and better assist with school readiness.
2003 Grants
Grant # 01.SD.E(SNOF)
October 1, 2002 - September 30, 2003
People First: Disabiity Budget Analysis
Massachusetts Human Services Coalition
37 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-6119
Deirdre Whelan
Council's Legal Counsel

People First: An Analysis of the State Budget's Impact on People with Developmental Disabilities - $89,685

The People First report analyzes the impact of the state budget on services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. This information assists individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates, to educate state legislators and policy makers about how the proposed budget will impact the lives of people with disabilities. The documents are distributed to consumers, advocates, legislators and state agency administrators.

Grant #01-HO-A
10/15/01 to 9/30/03
Arc Massachusetts
217 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453-2769
Telephone: 781-891-6270
Council Program Specialist:
Elizabeth Fancher


Increasing Housing Options for People with Developmental Disabilities -- $70,000

Arc Massachusetts and seven Family to Family Support Centers will build local and statewide partnerships between housing and disability groups. Activities include working with local disability agencies so that they can increase their expertise in housing issues, identify strategies to research and modify local Consolidated Plans and work with local housing authorities and Community Development Corporations around disability issues. The grantee will also conduct systems change activities to maintain and strengthen statutes, regulations and mandates pertaining to housing for people with disabilities in Massachusetts.

Grant # 01.SD.E(SNOF)
October 1, 2002 - September 30, 2003
People First: Disabiity Budget Analysis
Massachusetts Human Services Coalition
37 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-6119
Deirdre Whelan
Council Legal Counsel

People First: An Analysis of the State Budget's Impact on People with Developmental Disabilities - $89,685

The People First report analyzes the impact of the state budget on services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. This information assists individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates, to educate state legislators and policy makers about how the proposed budget will impact the lives of people with disabilities. The documents are distributed to consumers, advocates, legislators and state agency administrators.

Grant #01-HO-A
10/15/01 to 9/30/03
Arc Massachusetts
217 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453-2769
Telephone: 781-891-6270
Council Program Specialist:
Elizabeth Fancher


Increasing Housing Options for People with Developmental Disabilities -- $70,000

Arc Massachusetts and seven Family to Family Support Centers will build local and statewide partnerships between housing and disability groups. Activities include working with local disability agencies so that they can increase their expertise in housing issues, identify strategies to research and modify local Consolidated Plans and work with local housing authorities and Community Development Corporations around disability issues. The grantee will also conduct systems change activities to maintain and strengthen statutes, regulations and mandates pertaining to housing for people with disabilities in Massachusetts.

Grant # 01.SD.C
August 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
P.O. Box 6025
North Plymouth, MA 02362

MDDC Program Specialist
Sandy Houghton
M.A.S.S. Self-Advocacy Project--$25,000

In year two of a five-year partnership, M.A.S.S. is working to build a strong self-advocacy organization in Massachusetts for individuals with developmental disabilities. The project is designed to help M.A.S.S. develop the organizational structure and resources needed to support its mission and sustain and expand its advocacy efforts. M.A.S.S. will develop and support local self-advocacy groups, educate policymakers and the public on issues important to its membership and partner with the DD Council to develop and implement a Self-Advocacy Leadership Series.
Grant # 01.SD.D(SPOF)
Sep 3, 2002 - June 30, 2003
Improving the Representation of Adults with Functional Limitations
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
99 Chauncy Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 357-0700
Deirdre Whelan
Council Legal Counsel

Improving the Representation of Adults with Functional Limitations - $21,500

This project will improve the representation by legal service programs of clients with functional limitations. The grant will develop a replicable training curriculum, present a training using this curriculum and create a model for providing services to these clients. A core group of 40 legal services advocates will be trained, and then surveyed for changes in attitudes and practices after which a plan to improve service delivery to these clients will be developed and disseminated to all legal services staff.

Grant # 01.CI.C
8/1/2002 to 6/30/2003
Haitian American Public Health Initiatives, Inc.
10 Fairway Street,
P.O. Box 260386
Mattapan, MA 02126
617-298-8076
Council Program Specialist
Peggy Freedman

ME TOO! Recreational Program (Inclusive Culturally Diverse Recreational Program) -$ 60,000

The ME TOO! Recreational Program will provide inclusive culturally diverse recreational opportunities for people in the Haitian and Somali communities in the Boston and Brockton areas. In conjunction with Massachusetts Community Health Services of Brockton and the Somali Development Center, Haitian American Public Health Initiatives, Inc., will provide recreational opportunities to 50 youth, teens, and young adults, both with and without developmental disabilities (25 of each). These activities include: weekly sessions on arts, sewing, song, dance and exercise; field trips; and an Inclusion Day in the spring.

Grant # 3 G 01.CI.D.
October 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003
Salem Family Investment Center, Inc.
10 Colonial Road, Suite 210
Salem, MA 01970
978-745-7409
Council Program Specialist
Peggy Freedman

Tools for the Cycle of Life-$19,687.50

The Salem Family Investment Center, Inc., will help 20 young adults with developmental disabilities (ages 14-21) in the North Shore area to increase their self-sufficiency skills and enhance their levels of community inclusion through the reclamation, repair, and safe use of bicycles. Program components will include: training in bicycle repair and maintenance; travel skills and travel safety education; community service; basic business skills; an internship program; training in basic computer skills; environmental safety and education; and quality recreation (bicycle club, races, and marathons).

Grant # 01.HE.A
10/1/2002 to 6/30/2003
St. Anne's Hospital
795 Middle Street
Fall River, MA 02721
Phone: 508-674-5741
Council Program Specialist
Gina Brith

Making the Youth Trauma Program Accessible for Children with Disabilities -- $20,000

St. Anne's Hospital will enhance its Youth Trauma Program's ability to sensitively respond to the unique needs of children with developmental disabilities who may be the victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence or other forms of child maltreatment. To accomplish this goal St. Anne's will obtain the appropriate technical assistance, education on communication/language, and expert training on victimization and behavioral manifestations so that it will be able to expand its protocols and community outreach. St. Anne's is committed to improving its capacity to provide the necessary tools and equipment to optimize the ability of a child with a disability to comfortably communicate about traumatic experiences.

Grant # 01-ED.A
10/1/2002 to 6/30/2003
The Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)
100 Boylston Street, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02116
617-357-8431
Council Program Specialist
Gina Brith

Autism Special Education Legal Support Project -- $20,000

The Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) will create training materials for its Autism Special Education Legal Support Center about the specific educational needs and related legal requirements for children with autism. The Project will include train-the-trainer workshops for parent leaders, autism support centers, Arcs, attorneys, advocates and other professionals who are willing to give pro bono parent workshops using the new autism-specific training curriculum. The Center will also provide innovative strategies, along with a combination of expert technical and legal advice, to secure the full range of educational services necessary for children with autism to reach their educational goals and realize their full potential.

Grant #01.CI.A.
7/15/02 to 6/30/03
All Out Adventures, Inc.
116 Pleasant Street, Suite 3103
Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-527-8980
Council Program Specialist:
Elizabeth Fancher
Pathways to Participation: A Community Inclusion Initiative -- $60,000

All Out Adventures (AOA) will establish a program model that helps people with developmental disabilities to access integrated recreation opportunities and the chance to meaningfully contribute to community recreation experiences. Individuals with developmental disabilities will participate in integrated outdoor recreation events for initial exposure to different activities. Interested participants will have the option to participate in additional sessions, also held in integrated settings. After the individual has had ample time to participate and get comfortable with the activity, he/she will have the opportunity to volunteer with All Out Adventures and other community groups. Once the initial program module is complete, constituents will have the opportunity to both assist in outreach for additional programs and also to act as peer mentors and role models to others with disabilities.
Grant # 01.EM.C.
10/01/2002 to 06/30/2003
New England Business Associates
380 Union Street, Suite 222
West Springfield, MA 01089
Telephone: 413-746-0600
Council Staff
Wayne A. Perry, Jr.

First Jobs --$20,000

New England Business Associates (NEBA) First Job Project is designed to support at least fifteen (15) high school students with developmental disabilities in an individual working experience at real jobs after school and weekends during the school year. The First Job Project will provide the same employment experiences as those of their non-disabled peers. NEBA will recruit students for whom employment has not been considered possible to now and who are in segregated school programs in Hamden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. The First Job Project will support students with disabilities in real jobs relevant to their interests, earning at least the minimum wage.

Grant # 01.QA.A (QANF)
Sep 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003
Legislative Advocacy Training
ARS,Inc.
117 Sheridan Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-0669
Deirdre Whelan
Council Legal Counsel


Legislative Advocacy Training - - $34,028

Provides information, training, resources and individual & organizational skill building in accessible and culturally competent format to individuals with developmental disabilities and associated advocacy groups so they, themselves, can advocate for the supports and services they need to live independently in their community.

Grant #01.HO.B.
10/1/02 to 6/30/03
Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
18 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: 617-742-0820
Council Program Specialist Elizabeth Fancher


Assembling the Pieces -- $20,000

CHAPA is conducting three activities to increase housing for people with developmental disabilities: (1) Five Regional Trainings for Consumers on Self-Determination in Housing - Provide education and resources to people with disabilities, their families and the agencies that serve them to encourage self-determination in housing and increased community inclusion as a result; (2) Statewide Training for Developers and Local Officials on Universal Design - Promote interest and education on universal design to expand the housing options and availability for people with disabilities as well as housing that is adaptable for people throughout life stages; and (3) Development of New Supportive Housing Legislation - Combine the efforts of three major advocacy organizations to create and advocate for increased supportive housing funding for people with disabilities.

Grant # 02.SD.F(SNOF)
Nov. 1, 2002 - April 30, 2003
Annual Legislative Reception and Bi-Annual Orientation for New Legislators
University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute
10 Tremont Street, 4th Floor,
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 367-8901
Deirdre Whelan
Council Legal Counsel

Annual Legislative Reception and Bi-Annual Orientation for New Legislators - $28,125

The legislative reception provides an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilties, family members and advocates to educate state legislators and policymakers about their priorities in legislation and budget through an annual legislative reception. The bi-annual orientation for new legislators offers them and their staff an opportunity to meet with consumers, family members and advocates to gain some understanding of the disability issues.





2002 Grants
Grant # 00-4.1(3)
10/1/2001 to 9/30/2002
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-636-3741
Council Program Specialist
Gina Brith

Curriculum Development Project for Dental Care for the Patient with Disabilities-$70,000

Funding continues another year for Tufts University School of Dental Medicine as the project enters its second year. Based on the results of last year's project, Tufts recognized the need to improve their school's ability to serve adult patients with developmental disabilities. While their goal, to reduce barriers to care for persons with disabilities remains the same, they plan to focus on new objectives and activities through investment in their faculty, the redesign of the logistics of patient treatment, and improved preparedness of their dental school to provide comprehensive care to those with special needs. To do so, Tufts seeks to develop and deliver a comprehensive training program for key clinical faculty employing a "train the trainer" model and using the expertise of faculty at the Tufts Dental Facility at the Fernald Developmental Center. Outcome measures include development of curricula (utilizing material conceived during their initial year of funding), delivery of curricula, number of faculty members trained, hours of training completed and initial design of an improved adult patient care system.

Grant #00-5.2(5)
09/01/01 to 06/30/02
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Statewide Employment Services
27 Wormwood Street
Boston, MA 02210
Telephone: 617-204-3854
Council Program Specialist
Wayne A. Perry, Jr.
Getting There Together--$20,000

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission's Statewide Employment Services (SES) Department will develop an innovative network of transportation supports for students with developmental disabilities ages 14-22. This network will consist of students, parents, teachers, a regional transit authority, job placement professional and any other support personnel the student has as part of their transition planning. These transportation supports will be a tool for families, teachers and job placement staff to use when planning for careers and other events in the students' lives.
The goal of this project Getting There Together is to develop tools and collaboration between families, parents, schools, transition planners and transportation providers to support transportation independence for students with development disabilities
Grant #00-3(2)(1)
October 9, 2001 to June 30, 2002
Council Program Specialist
Adelia DelTrecco
Index of State Programs Serving People with Developmental Disabilities

This publication is compiled from updates provided to us by the staff of state programs serving people with developmental disabilities. This publication includes information on the sources of funding for these programs, relevant interagency service agreements and the targeted services groups. It also provides commentary on the extent of services to people with developmental disabilities and the barriers to accessing those services. We provide job titles of contact people so that the reader will be able to reach the right individual. This publication was distributed in 1998 and is now in the process of being updated. Our objective is to distribute this publication to as many individuals and organizations as possible.
Grant #00-1-1(5)
9/01/01 to 6/30/02
Horace Mann Educational Associates
101 Constitution Blvd.
Franklin, MA 02038
(508) 528-8635
Council Program Specialist
Peggy Freedman
Empowering People with Disabilities: Active Civic Participation-$20,000

Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA) has received a grant to help people with developmental disabilities to fully participate in the civic life of their community, by providing training for them about local government and ways to address important issues with officials. The Project is a collaborative effort of HMEA, the Citizen Education Committee of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, and the Central Mass Self-Advocacy Work Team, which is composed of eleven local self-advocacy groups. Self-advocates, representatives from the League of Women Voters, and service providers will jointly develop a curriculum and conduct workshops on active civic participation in three local communities.
Grant #00-2.1(5)(B)
9/1/01 to 6/30/02
Cape Organization for the Rights of the Disabled (CORD)
1019 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA 02601
Telephone: 508-775-8300
Council Program Specialist:
Elizabeth Fancher

Creating Housing Choices -- $17,752

The goal of this grant is to launch a local project with statewide impact to develop housing that includes independent living models for people with disabilities. CORD will target 50 individuals with developmental disabilities for an interview on the type of housing they would choose. The results will be presented at a public forum that includes those interviewed, public housing providers and local legislators. People with significant disabilities will be the key presenters. Afterwards, the results will be distributed to state officials and statewide housing and disability advocates. It will also be presented at a news conference.

Grant #00-2.1(5)(B)
9/1/01 to 6/30/02
Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
18 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: 617-742-0820
Council Program Specialist:
Elizabeth Fancher

On My Way Home -- $20,000

CHAPA is launching a multifaceted campaign to increase housing for people with disabilities: (1) capacity building for Section 8 for Homeownership program, (2) sensitivity training for housing professionals, (3) outreach and marketing on Mass Access internet site and (4) update of the Housing Resource Guide for People with Disabilities.

Grant # 00-3.25
10/1/2001 to 6/30/2002
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong
P.O. Box 6025
North Plymouth, MA 02362
Council Program Specialist
Sandy Houghton

M.A.S.S. Self-Advocacy Project--$25,000

M.A.S.S. is working to build a strong self-advocacy organization in Massachusetts for individuals with developmental disabilities. The project is designed to help M.A.S.S. develop the organizational structure and resources needed to support its mission and sustain and expand its advocacy efforts. M.A.S.S. will develop and support local self-advocacy groups, educate policymakers and the public on issues important to its membership and provide leadership training and support to its board of directors.

Grant # 00-3.7(5)
9/1/2001 to 6/30/2002
Mass Advocacy Center
100 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-357-8431
Council Program Specialist
Gina Brith

Inclusion in Excellence Project-$20,000

This small grant has been awarded to the Massachusetts Advocates for Children to educate parents, attorneys and advocates about the revised special education law, effective January 2002, that changes the Massachusetts service standard from "maximum feasible benefit" to the federal standard of a "free and appropriate education" (FAPE). Through this project the Massachusetts Advocates for Children will implement a training curriculum regarding parents and students legal rights under the federal FAPE standard, develop fact sheets and strategy tips and provide "train the trainers" workshops to reduce the exclusion of, or reduction in, special education services for students with DD.

Grant # 00-4.1(4)
9/1/2001 to 6/30/2002
Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
617-636-6946
Council Program Specialist
Gina Brith

Changing Health Care Practices for People with Disabilities-$20,000

Tufts University School of Medicine will utilize their small grant funds to incorporate disability related content into its required core curriculum in the Family Medicine Clerkship. The content will be included through the use of the highly successful "standardized patient" model in which individuals with disabilities will be trained to play the role of both the "patient" and then the "teacher," giving feedback to a medical student in a simulated interview. Computer assisted learning materials will reinforce the experience. In addition, medical school faculty will be trained for and involved in systems advocacy and policymakers will receive information regarding health care and people with developmental disabilities, enhancing their ability to advocate for systems change.

Grant #00-5.1(7)
09/01/01 to 06/30/02
The Resource Partnership
251 West Chestnut Street, Suite 31
Natick, MA 01760
Telephone: 508-647-1722
Council Program Specialist
Wayne A. Perry, Jr.
www.massbln.org--$20,000

The goal of www.massbln.org is to provide Massachusetts' employers easy access to qualified candidates with disabilities and to the information and resources they will need to successfully employ individuals with disabilities. www.massbln.org will be created in conjunction with Monster.com the leading global online career site and will adhere to the same outstanding quality of the Monster.com site. www.massbln.org is part of the overall strategy to accomplish the mission of the Massachusetts Business Leadership Network (MassBLN), which is to create or improve diversity and recruitment policies of public and private companies in an effort to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Grant # 00-7.2(3)
8/1/2001 to 6/30/2002
Community Partnerships, Inc.
102 Dean Street
Taunton, MA 02780
508-823-9416
Council Program Specialist
Gina Brith

DD/Substance Abuse: A Blueprint for a Community Solution doc format of ddsablueprint.doc
-$20,000

This grant project will enable Community Partnerships (CPI) to refine their existing local developmental disabilities/substance abuse (DD/SA) activities to make them more effective. CPI will also conduct organizing events in one area of each of the five DMR regions in the state. The information gathered from these activities will be used to refine their guidebook, " Blueprint for a Community Solution doc format of ddsablueprint.doc
." The guidebook will provide other communities with the means to replicate CPI's success in providing inclusive and broader supports to people with developmental disabilities who have substance abuse problems.

Grant # 00-7.2(5)
9/1/2001 to 6/30/2002
Norwell Public Schools
322 Main Street
Norwell, MA 02061
781-659-8800
Council Program Specialist
Gina Brith

The Community Inclusion Project-$20,000

Small grant funding will enable Norwell Public Schools to expand their very successful Community Inclusion Project. The goals and objectives for the upcoming school year will focus on recreational and leisure activities to better prepare students with DD for transition to adult independence and community inclusion. This year the project will include: the participation of the Community Inclusion Specialist in annual IEP meetings as part of an interdisciplinary team in support of an effective transition from school to adult life; the involvement and help of the Community Inclusion Specialist to add to existing educational portfolios as appropriate and there will be an expansion of recreation and leisure activities that could be potential employment opportunities. Norwell Public Schools will sponsor a spring conference to facilitate the implementation of similar programs in other communities.

Grant #00-7.2(6)
7/01/01 to 6/30/02
The Association for Community Living
One Carando Drive
Springfield, MA 01104
(413) 732-0531
Council Program Specialist
Peggy Freedman
Targeted Self-Advocacy Project-/$19,461

The Association for Community Living received a renewal grant for preparing secondary school students with disabilities to make decisions on employment, housing, and community inclusion as they move towards becoming young adults. The Project targets students with developmental disabilities in a rural area, to counter-act barriers such as geographical isolation, the absence of public transportation, lack of affordable housing, and limited economic opportunities. The Project will provide one-to-one and small group training, parent training and support, educational advocacy, and case management. A Family Coordinator will create mentor relationships for participating students and families by matching them with older peers and with families with expertise with systems advocacy.
Grant #00-4.3(5)
09/04/01 to 06/28/02
The ARC of Northern Essex County
4 Summer Street, Room 6A
Haverhill, MA 01830
Telephone: 978-373-0552
Council Program Specialist
Wayne A. Perry, Jr.
L.I.N.K.S.(Latinos Implementing Networks, Knowledge & Skills)--$18,844

The L.I.N.K.S program will focus on promoting self-sufficiency and strengthening Latino families of children/adults with developmental disabilities by facilitating access, participation and integration in their communities as self advocates and natural leaders. This program will focus on the creation and empowerment of a Latino family support program, a Latino family council and will provide services to 15-20 Latino families in the greater Haverhill area.
The L.I.N.K.S program is designed to achieve its goal through the following strategies: * Provision of social and emotional supports of a family support group. * Training and knowledge to strengthen the families' self-advocacy and leadership skills. * Utilization of established community resources/organizers/leaders * Providing special education and systems advocacy to the families.
Grant # 2000-1(1)(A)
3/03/01 to 2/28/02
HESSCO Elder Services
One Merchant Street
Sharon, MA 02067
781-784-4944
Council Program Specialist
Peggy Freedman
Community Coalitions Development-$42,000

HESSCO Elder Services, the Health and Social Services Consortium, Inc., of Sharon, MA, is working to improve services and supports for elder caregivers who are living with their sons or daughters with mental retardation in the community. HESSCO has distributed small grants to five local coalitions of mental retardation and aging services providers, consumers, and family members; and is providing them with technical assistance and monitoring. The local coalitions are associated with North Shore Elder Services, Kit Clark Senior Services, Work Family Independence, Goodwill Industries, and Associates for Human Services.

Grants from 2001 and before

Grant #: 99-4(1)(3)
10/1/00-9/30/01
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Dr. Kerry Maguire
617-636-3741
Adult Clinic: 617-636-6647
Pediatric Clinic: 617-636-6971
Council Program Specialist:
Gina Brith

Curriculum Development Project for Dental Care for the Patient with Disabilities --$70,000

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is developing an innovative curriculum that will provide the general dentist with the knowledge, perspective, and skills to treat persons with disabilities in a private practice setting. In addition to clinical skills, students will receive background in the social, systemic, behavioral, economic, and familial issues effecting people with disabilities. Because Tufts University School of Dental Medicine graduates over 150 dentists each year, a significant number of new graduates would be prepared to extend services to people with disabilities.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is the second-largest dental school in the United States. It serves a commensurately large and diverse patient community at its Chinatown home and in affiliated clinics throughout Massachusetts, New England and the United States. Tufts is committed to oral health through geriatric and pediatric outreach programs, participation in public health institutions and clinics, and through support for people with disabilities.

Grant #99-2(1)(4)
7/1/00 to 6/30/01
Arc Massachusetts
217 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 781-891-6270
Council Program Specialist:
Peggy Freedman

Educating People with Developmental Disabilities, Families and Advocates about Housing Opportunities in Massachusetts -- $70,000

Arc Massachusetts, in conjunction with seven Family to Family Support Centers, is hosting housing seminars tailored to the needs of each targeted community. In addition, the Centers will provide families and individuals with developmental disabilities with personalized assistance in their housing searches. Project participants will work on systems change or expansion of services at both the local ans stat levels.

Grant # 99-5(2)(3)
7/1/00 to 6/30/01
State Office of Employment Services Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
27-43 Wormwood Street #600
Boston, MA 02210
Telephone: 617-204-3854
Council Program Specialist:
Wayne Perry

Disability Employment Project (DEP) -- $24,000

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) is funded to coordinate, assist, provide training and technical assistance to the Commonwealth's Human Resource Division's (HRD) Disability Employment Project (DEP), to hire people with severe disabilities in state government. An Interagency Partnership comprised of MA Developmental Disabilities (Council), MA Rehabilitiation Commission (MRC), MA Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Human Resource Division (HRD) of the Administration and Finance Secretariat support a project "manager" to coordinate efforts among key state agencies involved in the setting of policies and hiring of employees.

Grant #99-7(2)(1)
7/1/00 to 6/30/01
Child & Family Service of Pioneer Valley, Inc.
367 Pine Street
Springfield, MA 01105
Telephone: 413-788-9695
Council Program Specialist:
Peggy Freedman

Parent Advocacy, Support & Education (PASE) -- $17,708

Child & Family Service of Pioneer Valley, Inc., is providing a year-round Family Advocate for families with children with disabilities and conducting two 12-week educational seminars for families to learn how to access local resources in the community. The project will teach parents how to advocate for their child and how to navigate through the system of services offered in the community.

Grant #99-7(2)(4)
7/1/00 to 6/30/01
Community Work Services
174 Portland Street
Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: 617-720-2233
Council Program Specialist:
Wayne Perry

Creating an Applied Assistive Technology Laboratory to "prescribe" assistive technology devices and training to support people with Developmental Disabilities -- $20,000

Community Work Services is evaluating, initiating trials and prescribing assistive technological "packages" for their consumers with developmental disabilities to acheive individual goals in educatiion/training, employment and independent living.

Grant #99-7(2)(6)
7/1/00 to 6/30/01
The Association for Community Living
One Carando Drive
Springfield, MA 01104
Telephone: 413-731-7625
Council Program Specialist:
Wayne Perry

Educating and preparing high school students with disabilities and their families for important decisions on employment, housing and community inclusion they will face as young adults. -- $19,483

The Association for Community Living in collaboration with the Gateway Regional High School is providing: 1:1 and small group training, peer mentoring, parent training and support,educational advocacy and case management for 6 - 8 students with disabilities of transition age 14 to 22.

Grant #: 99-7(2)(3)
7 /1/00-6/30/01
Community Partnerships, Inc.
102 Dean Street Taunton, MA 02780
Kathy Lalor
508-823-9416
Council Program Specialist:
Gina Brith

DD/Substance Abuse: A Blueprint for a Community Solution Project -- $7500

CPI was established in 1986 to support individuals with developmental disabilities who live in Taunton. For the past five years CPI has been initiating a community solution to the issue of substance abuse among people with disabilities. In part, their efforts have resulted in successful collaborations with key representatives with expertise in alcohol and substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice and educational systems.

This yearlong grant award will enable Community Partnerships to fund the employment of a qualified consultant to summarize their success and develop a guidebook based on the demonstrated project. The guidebook, "Blueprint for a Community Solution" will provide other communities with the means to replicate Community Partnerships success in providing inclusive and broader supports to people with developmental disabilities who have substance abuse problems.

Grant #: 99-7(2)(5)
7/1/00-6/30/01
Norwell Public Schools
322 Main Street Norwell, MA 02061
Martha Slocum
781-659-8800
Council Program Specialist:
Gina Brith

The Community Inclusion Recreation Project Project --$14,950

The Community Inclusion Recreation Project will create an infrastructure within the Norwell schools and community recreational systems to support the inclusion of students with developmental disabilities in after-school, weekend, school vacation and recreational programs. The Project will pair students with developmental disabilities who have been involved the community's recreational activities to act as mentors for students with developmental disabilities who have not had recreational experiences. The mentors will be paid for their participation in the project. Each student will have a comprehensive plan for inclusion for activities that may include, archery, basketball, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, fishing, boating, karate, music, arts therapy, and cooking lessons at private and public facilities such as Norwell Recreation Department, the YMCA, libraries, and Mass Audubon Society.

Grant #99-7(2)(2)
8/1/00 to 4/30/01
Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
18 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: 617-742-0820
Council Program Specialist:
Elizabeth Fancher

Web Distribution of Mass Access -- $15,000

CHAPA, in collaboration with New England INDEX, will develop internet capability for Mass Access, a registry of available housing for people with disabilities living in Massachusetts. The goal of the project is to give people with disabilities direct internet access to available housing in Massachusetts that is affordable and accessible. The interactive web site will enable people with disabilities to locate potential housing based on their individual needs and preferences.

Grant #99-7(2)(7)
9/1/00 to 2/28/01
United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston, Inc.
71 Arsenal Street
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472
Telephone: 617-926-5480
Council Program Specialist:
Elizabeth Fancher

Exploring Alternative Models in Supported Living -- $11,000

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of MetroBoston is conducting research and preparing a report on alternatives to current housing models for people with disabilities. UCP is exploring the creation of different models of living arrangements that may benefit individuals with physical disabilities. UCP is also examining housing models that are not currently being offered in Massachusetts. The goal of the project is to recommend a model program that allows staff to be available on a continuous basis for support, safety, facilitation of recreational and social opportunities and emergency back-up.
Grant #99-3(1)(4)
1/1/00 to 12/31/00
(multi-year grant)
Regina Villa Associates
59 Temple Place, Suite 406
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-357-5772
Council Program Specialist:
Deirdre Whelan

Legislative Advocacy -- $90,000

Regina Villa Associates provides legislative advocacy training to Council members and to advocacy groups throughout Massachusetts, coordinates administrative details for the Council's annual legislative reception and provides administrative support to the Disability Policy Consortium (DPC).

Grant #98-1(1)(4)
10/1/99 to 9/30/00
Executive Office of Elder Affairs
One Ashburton Place, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-1518
Phone: 617-222-7550

Department of Mental Retardation
160 North Washington Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-624-7764
Council Program Specialist:
Peggy Freedman

Improving Information and Supports to Elder Caregivers -- $45,295

The Department of Mental Retardation (DMR), in partnership with The Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), will work to improve information and supports to elder caregivers with a family member with mental retardation. Activities will include:
  • Information gathering and needs assessment to identify training needs and positive practices through surveys of workers at Aging Services Access Points (ASAP) and at the DMR area offices and through conducting focus groups for ASAP and DMR staff, elder caregivers, and family support providers.
  • Analysis of the responses from the surveys and focus groups.
  • Design and conduct regional training sessions (the content of which will be determined based on information from the surveys and focus groups), to increase awareness of the needs of elder caregivers, to provide information and resources to share positive practices and successful strategies on collaboration, and to facilitate the development of local partnerships.
  • Develop resource information and materials to support increased understanding and working relationships between Elder Services, DMR, and the provider community. In addition, a pool of flexible funding will be established for pilot efforts to help elder caregivers plan for their family member with a disability and to help the family member with disabilities work with community, elder and DMR supports.
Grant #98-1(1)(5)
10/1/99 to 9/30/00
Lutheran Social Services of New England
26 Harvard Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 508-754-7525
Council Program Specialist:
Peggy Freedman

Outreach to and Education of Elder Caregivers of People with Developmental Disabilities -- $40,000

The Lutheran Social Services of New England (LSS/NE) has received a grant for a project to conduct outreach, develop resource materials, educate elder caregivers of people with developmental disabilities about support services, and implement strategies for media exposure about services to elder caregivers. The Elder Caregiver Outreach (ECO) Program will identify senior citizen caregivers and educate them about the support services that are available within the Worcester community.
Grant # 98-3(1)(5)
10/1/99 to 9/15/00
(multi-year grant)
Massachusetts Human Services Coalition
37 Temple Place, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-482-6119
Council Program Specialist:
Deirdre Whelan

Disability Budget Analysis -- $55,000

The Massachusetts Human Services Coalition (MHSC) is analyzing the proposed State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2001 Budgets' effects on disability programs and on people with disabilities. The analysis is widely disseminated to policymakers, organizations, people with disabilities and family members.

Grant #98-4(3)(5)
Institute for Community Inclusion
Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-355-4788
Council Program Specialist:
Wayne Perry

Partnership Project -- $15,000

The Partnership Project is designed to build the capacity of grassroots minority organizations to develop and enhance supports and services for individuals with disabilities and their families. A key component of this organizational capacity is the "mini-grant" program. The "mini-grant" program is designed to give grassroots minority organizations:
  • Technical assistance to incorporate the inclusions of individuals with disabilities within their organizations' governing structure and activities.
  • Integrate disability-related principles and activities within their organization's Mission and Strategic Plans.
  • Provide the technical assistance and motivation to apply for federal, state and local funding to develop consumer-run disability supports and services.

Grant #98-5(1)(6)
(multi-year grant)
Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc.
20 Ballard Road
Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: 978-687-4288
Council Program Specialist:
Wayne Perry

Resource Assessment Study of Career Development Programs for Students with Developmental Disabilities - $50,000

The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. (NILP) is conducting a statewide assessment study that analyzes school based career development systems(CDs). They are also creating a directory of model school systems including the components that make them successful. NILP's assessment will include recommendations for improving school systems for the benefit of transition age students with developmental disabilities.

Grant # 04.CS.I
11/01/04 to 08/31/05
Massachusetts Human Services Coalition
37 Temple Place
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: 617-482-6119
Program Specialist:
Peggy Freedman

People First: Disability Analysis of the State Budget-$60,000

The Massachusetts Human Services Coalition will produce a disability analysis of the state's proposed budget for 2006 at different stages of the process (i.e., budget proposals of the governor and of the House of Representatives, "critical choices" for the Joint House/Senate Conference Committee, and the governor's veto message). The budget analyses will assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and advocates to work for public policy and services that support the independence and full community inclusion of people with disabilities. The analyses will also educate state legislators and policymakers about how the proposed budget will impact the lives of people with developmental disabilities. This year, the project will address agency programs that help keep people with disabilities out of institutions; and will provide its analyses via internet as well as hard copy.

Grant #04.CS.A
10/01/04 to 9/30/05
CLASS, Inc.
1 Parker Street
Lawrence , MA 01843
(978) 975-8587 (ext.1227)

MDDC Program Specialist:
Margery Freedman

Latino Leadership and Support Network-$20,000

This project will create a supportive service network for Latino families with children with developmental disabilities and develop Latino leadership and peer advocates in the city of Lawrence around issues of children with developmental disabilities. The family-centered approach to the program is critical because of the value and strength of many Latino families. Family members of children with developmental disabilities will gain information about the special education and adult systems as well as receive specialized training on effective advocacy. In addition, the project will help build a support network for families within the Latino community by giving them access to specific expertise within the disability community as well as support services such as mental health, health care, child care and the like. Family members will also be recruited to participate on the project's advisory committee as well as on parent advisory groups for the Lawrence school system.






This information is provided by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council.