MDDC PWD Employment Photo Contest

Showcasing Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Making a Living in the Community

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council is inviting individuals with developmental disabilities to send photos of themselves working in the community. The purpose of this contest is to showcase the contributions individuals with developmental disabilities make in their workplaces and communities.  

This is MDDC's first photo contest! You don't want to miss this! Check out the details on the link above.

Free Developmental Disabilities Series in Western Mass

Attention educators, school boards, special education departments, parents and friends:

The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) and Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong are currently accepting applications for a free, nine-week leadership series at UMass Amherst beginning in October. The class will provide education, training, support and mentoring to adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities in Western Massachusetts. During the Self-Advocacy Leadership Series (SALS) program, instructors will help individuals improve communication, self-expression, teamwork and leadership. Each class focuses on a different aspect of leadership, increasing self-esteem and providing opportunities for students to meet new people and try something new.

The series is offered to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who live in Western Massachusetts. To participate, applicants must submit a short application by September 22, 2014. Seating is limited.

 download the application.

WHEN:           Classes begin October 2, 2014

All classes are Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Note: Applicants must be willing to attend and participate in all classes

WHERE:         University of Massachusetts Amherst

181 Presidents Drive

Amherst, MA 01003

Housing Training Grant

The MA Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased to announce the availability of grant funding for one $20,000 grant for a one year project on Alternative Housing Options for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Supporting People With Disabilities in Massachusetts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 88 children in America have an autism diagnosis, and these rates continue to rise. Seven years after high school graduation, one in three young adults with autism have no paid job, college or technical school experience, and another 500,000 children with autism will reach adulthood in the next decade.