Independence College
Opportunity Awaits!

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the MA Developmental Disabilities Council’s Independence College.   Independence College is an education opportunity for people 18 years old or older that includes classes for people with disabilities to learn skills that will assist them in pursuing independence.   Students attend 3 required classes, choose 3 elective classes (from a list of classes), and have the opportunity to become actively involved in a project of their choice. In the Application Packet you will find the Information Sheet, Application Form, and Training Dates for each class. There are 2 dates and times for each of the trainings.  Students will be required to choose ONLY 1 of those dates that works best for them.   Training Dates for the Elective classes will be available mid-November. 

Application Packet  pdf format of Application Packet


View the Course Booklet pdf format of Course Booklet

Applications are due:  Friday, September 11th by 5:00 pm.

Application Submission:   Please submit via email to Lee Larriu, by Fax to 617.770.1987, or by mail to 100 Hancock Street, Suite 201, Quincy, MA 02171.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lee Larriu at 617.770.7676 ext. 118 or Ashley McAnespie at 617.770.7676 ext. 113

MDDC Staff Honored for Outstanding Performance

We are extremely proud to announce that two of our Council staff colleagues have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to their work on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Lee Larriu, Training Coordinator, has been selected as a recipient of the Commonwealth’s Manuel Carballo Award for Excellence in Public Service.  This award is the Commonwealth’s highest honor.  Under Lee’s leadership, the SALS program has tripled in size and scope, has received national acclaim, and is being replicated in other states.  

Andre Williams, Leadership Trainer, has been selected to receive a Craig Smith Self-Advocate Award, to be presented by Vinfen.  The award is named for Craig Smith, a tireless advocate and founding chairperson of Mass Advocates Standing Strong.  Andre was selected for his outstanding work and leadership in self-advocacy, and for being a superb role model for other self-advocates.

Please join us in congratulating Lee and Andre on these well-earned distinctions!

Took many steps to get here, but I have finally left

MDDC Council member Kate Ryan celebrates moving in to a place of her own for the first time.  Her article was recently published in the Boston Globe.  Read it here