NameEmphasisDescription
Accredited Online Colleges and Disability EducationEducation – Higher EducationInformation about on-line colleges  and accommodations for people with disabilities
Administration on Developmental DisabilitiesFederal ResourceThe Administration on Developmental Disabilities(ADD) funds state councils in developmental disabilities to engage in advocacy, capacity building and systemic change activities on behalf of people with disabilities.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesDisability ResourceOn-line resource to access about intellectual and other disabilities.
Air Travel Service ProblemsSecurityTo file a complaint or to addresses concerns about airport security for passengers with disabilities.
American Red CrossEmergency ServicesThis organization fosters emergency preparedness.
ARC MassachusettsCommunity SupportsARC is an advocacy group founded by parents in 1954, representing 80,000 people with specific developmental disabilities and working cooperatively with state and private affiliates to provide services and support.
Architectural Access BoardState Resource; AccountabilityRegulatory agency within Executive Office of Public Safety developed to enforce regulations designed to make public buildings accessible and functional for safe use for persons with disabilities
Assisting People With Disabilities In a DisasterFederal ResourceAn organization whose mission it is to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.
Assistive Technology ExchangeDisability ResourceSite to facilitate transactions between residents looking for assistive technology devices and those who have assistive technology devices that are no longer needed.
Association of Developmental Disability ProvidersDisability ResourceProviding services and supports to individuals with disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, other developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries.
Center for Housing and New Community EconomicsHousingThrough a five year cooperative agreement with the Institute on Disabilities (IOD), the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) created a technical assistance center, the National Home of your Own Alliance. This was based on a belief that non-traditional streams of income and federal, state and local subsidies could be structured to support homeownership for people historically excluded from housing market.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
(scroll to Environ. Health Assessment, then to program name)
State Resource, Quality AssurancePrevention,screening,diagnosis and treatment of lead poisoning with the intent to eliminate sources of poisoning through research
Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationState Resource; Special EducationState Agency working with other Massachusetts school districts and other organizations to promote educational programs and services.
Department of Housing and Community DevelopmentState Resource; HousingState agency concerned with local issues and the community development of our cities and towns in Massachusetts
Department of Mental HealthState Resource; Rehabilitative ServicesThis department sets the standards for the operation of mental health facilities and community residential programs, provides clinical rehabilitative amd supportive services for adults with serious mental illness and children and adolescents with serious mental illness and children and adolescents with serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbances.
Department of Developmental ServicesState Resource; Rehabilitative ServicesOffers a wide array of services to more than 29,786 individuals, who may require assistance in job placement, transportation, residential services, treatment; monitoring and care through state-operated programs and contracts with more than 265 private providers.
Department of Public HealthState Resource; HealthPromotes healthy people, healthy families, healthy environments through compassionate care, education and prevention.
Department of Social ServicesState Resource; Child CareDedicated to permanency planning for the well-being of children who have been abused or neglected in a family setting. Family-based services; temporary out-of home care or alternate permanent situation, such as adoption, guardianship or independent living.
Department of Transitional AssistanceState Resource; Education; Public AssistanceFormerly known as the Department of Public Welfare. This is an agency responsible for administering public assistance programs for needy citizens of the Commonwealth.
Department of Workforce DevelopmentEmploymentInvests in Massachusetts business and employees through training and ensuring that MA. employers and workers are linked through a state network. Also provides economic data about Bay State to insure its future and provides between job assistance.
Developmental Screening Toolkit for Primary Care ProvidersDisability ResourceThis site is for primary care providers considering or planning to start screening children for developmental needs using a validated tool. Whether you know you should change but don't know where to start, or are still thinking about how this change could work in your setting, this website will help.
Disability Law CenterLegalThe Disability Law Center is a private, non-profit public interest law firm providing free Legal assistance and information to people with disabilities throughout Massachusetts.
disAbility.govDisability ResourceGeneral Information about Developmental Disabilities provided by the Federal Government.
Disabled Persons Protection CommissionLegalThe Disabled Persons Protection Commission's mission is to protect adults with disabilities from abusive acts and omissions of their caregivers through investigation, oversight, public awareness and prevention. Cooperates with DSS and Elder Affairs.
Disaster Preparedness for People with DisabilitiesDisaster PlanningDisaster preparedness planning and checklist.
Division of Health Care Finance and PolicyState Resource; HealthResponsible for health care information and pricing and regulatory functions, formerly known as the Rate Setting Commission, also administers the uncompensated care pool which reimburses hospitals and centers providing services for uninsured individuals.
Easter Seals MassachusettsDisability ResourceEaster Seals provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on disability services and resources, plus referrals to all Easter Seals services and a wide variety of agencies/organizations statewide offering help to people with disabilities.

 
Emergency Procedures for Employees with DisabilitiesEmergency ServicesEmergency procedures for employees with disabilities.
Employment IncentivesEmploymentThis organization provides information on employment incentives for businesses including tax credits, business loans and grants, vocational rehab services, assistive technology information and other financial advantages that will encourage businesses to employ people with disabilities.
Epilepsy FoundationDisability ResourceThe Epilepsy Foundation helps ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences, and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, educational advocacy and services.
Exceptional Parent MagazineDisability ResourceAn on-line resource magazine for parents and families of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.
Executive Office for Administration and FinanceState Resource; Policies and ProceduresProvides state agencies with reliable administrative services and expertise in fiscal policies, information, technology, procurement and human resource.
Executive Office of Health and Human ServicesState Resource; HealthProviding leadership and oversight to 15 state agencies. Effective leadership in delivery of health and human services that promote health and safety, independence and quality of life for individuals, families and communities.
Executive Office of Public SafetyState Resource; Public SafetyExecutive Office of Public Safety is the planning and management arm of the Commonwealth's public safety efforts.
Family Support NetFamily SupportThis is a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts in Boston in partnership with Department of Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, and (BMO's)
Federation for Children with Special NeedsSpecial EducationA center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families.
GoVoterVotingInformation and resources on voting and cognitive access for people with disabilities.
Governor's Commission on Intellectual DisabilityState Resource; AccountabilityThe Governor's Commission on Intellectual Disability was established to examine the quality and comprehensiveness of the Commonwealth's program of services designed to address the wide variety of needs of people with intellectual disability.
Health Care Resource GuideState Resource / HealthThis is a comprehensive compilation of the latest Internet accessible information for disease management and control.
HEATH Resource CenterEducation / TransitionThe HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.
 
IDEA PracticesDisability ResourceThe IDEA Partnerships are four national projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to deliver a common message about the landmark 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA legislation, litigation,best practices and more.
Impact NewsletterDisability Resource; ID/DDImpact is a quarterly newsletter published by the Institute on Community Integration (UAP) and the Training Center on Community Living, College of education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.
Information on Medicaid and the UninsuredMedicalFrom the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Institute for Community InclusionDisability Resources; Independent LivingSupports the rights of children & adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community.
Mass Access Housing RegistryHousingRegistry is a free program that helps people with disabilities find rental housing in Massachusetts. The Mass. Access Database keeps track of accessible and affordable apartments throughout the state and maintains information about availability.
Mass Advocates Standing StrongSelf-advocacyMass. Statewide self-advocacy organization
Massachusetts Commission Against DiscriminationState Resource; LegalTo ensure equality of opportunity by enforcing the Commonwealth's anti-discrimination laws, chapters 121B & 272 through the resolutions of complaints of discrimination in areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, services, credit and education.
Massachusetts Commission for the BlindState Resource; Rehabilitative ServicesMCB's mission is to work in partnership with legally blind individuals to reach their goals of independence, and to participate in their communities.
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of HearingState Resource; Rehabilitative ServicesA state agency mandated to provide leadership, coordination of public policies, and specialized services to ensure full and equal opportunities for the deaf and late deafened and hard of hearing persons.
Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities CouncilState Resource; Education; Disability ResourceTo provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion.
Federal Resource; Disaster Planning; Emergency ServicesAssisting people with disabilities in a disaster; providing assistance to people with disabilities, who, under normal circumstance, would need no assistance.
Massachusetts Community GatewayFamily SupportAn organization to provide individuals and families with local and worldwide disability resources, events and family leadership trainings.
Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC)Family Support/Legislative AdvocacyA statewide, grassroots coalition of individuals with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and their families. We believe that supports for individuals and families can be more flexible and better designed to respond to the actual needs people have. We are actively organizing families and individuals to use the power of our numbers to effect positive change.

 
Massachusetts Health Connector HealthTo provide affordable health care coverage for Massachusetts residents as part of health care reform.
Massachusetts Health CouncilHealthNon-profit, non-partisan statewide organization of more than 150 government and volunteer agencies, consumer and advocacy groups, professional societies and private corporations committed to improving and protecting the health of its citizens.
Massachusetts Office on DisabilityState Resource; LegalTo bring about full and equal protection of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. The Commonwealth's "Americans with Disabilities Act" coordinating agency.
Massachusetts Rehabilitation CommissionState Resource; Independent LivingMRC assists individuals with disabilities to live independently and go to work. It serves individuals with all types of disabilities except those who are blind, because they are served through MCB.
MasshousingHousingState Agency overseeing housing issues
MassHousing Partnership FundHousingThe Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund (MHP) is a self-supporting state agency that promotes more stable and diverse neighborhoods in cities and towns across Massachusetts through the development and preservation of affordable housing.
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Developmental Disability Council SupportNACDDC's mission is to provide support and assistance to member councils in order to promote a consumer and family centered system of services and supports for those with disabilities.
Center for Housing and New Community EconomicsHousingThrough a five year cooperative agreement with the Institute on Disabilities (IOD), the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) created a technical assistance center, the National Home of your Own Alliance. This was based on a belief that non-traditional steams of income and federal, state and local subsidies could be structured to support homeownership for people historically excluded from housing market.
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)EducationA national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Special focus is from birth to 22 years old.
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation ResearchFederal Resource; Disability ResourceNational leader in sponsoring leadership for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood.
New England ADA CenterDisability ResourceThe New England ADA & Accessible IT Center is one of ten regional disability and business technical assistance centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The Center is a project of Adaptive Environments, Inc., a nonprofit organization.
New England IndexDisability ResourceInformation on disabilities, technical services, information and referral services, and technical assistance on programs.
Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity State Resource; EmploymentThe Commonwealth of Massachusetts is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
State Resource; InsuranceThe MassHealth program provides comprehensive health insurance - or help in paying for private health insurance - to more than one million Massachusetts children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Office for Refugees and ImmigrantsState Resource; Refugees and ImmigrantsTo assist refugees in adjusting to life in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Offers programs, public advocates, coordination of state and federal services and works to make mainstream programs linguistically and culturally accessible.
Office of Child Care ServicesState Resource; Child CareInvests in children. Helps families improve the quality of child care.
Rewarding Work Resources, Inc.Personal Care AttendantsA web site for elders, people with disabilities, and family members to find qualified personal assistants. Free trials are available. This is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization that has been cited as a "Promising Practice" by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Special EducationState Resource; Special EducationHighlights issues and initiatives connected to Special Education
Statewide Emergency Telecommunication BoardState Resource; Emergency ServicesDial 911: save a life, stop a crime or report a fire.
Supporting Siblings of Explosive Children doc format of supporting_siblings_explosive_children.doc Disability Resource; Family SupportThe explosive child in a family receives the bulk of parental attention, leaving the needs of siblings largely unmet, causing them to act out, seeking attention and approval. These siblings need support so they can learn to express their complicated emotions in appropriate ways and develop into well-adjusted adults.
The National Center on Secondary Education & Transition (NCSET)Disability ResourceA new center on transition issues for youth with disabilities, funded by and a partner with the DOE and the Office of Special Education.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative ServicesFederal Resource; Special EducationSupport to parents and individuals, school districts and states in special education, vocational rehabilitation, and research.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentHousingDepartment of Housing and Urban Development was developed by the Act of 1965 as a cabinet level agency.
United States Department of JusticeFederal Resource;LegalRights and Americans with Disabilities Act Information Line: 1-800-514-0301 and 1-800-514-0383
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Federal Resource; EmploymentA resource of job opportunities, training, and information regarding equal employment.
   

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council.