Brain Injury/General Information
- Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts http://www.biama.org - Home page for the Brain Injury Association of MA, offering information, support groups, education, and advocacy.
- Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) http://www.biausa.org/ - Home page for the National Brain Injury Association.
- The Whole Brain Atlas http://www.med.harvard.edu/AANLIB/home.html. An especially good resource for acquired brain injury.
- National Institute of Health http://www.nih.gov/
- Disability Law Center of Massachusetts http://www.dlc-ma.org/ DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities.
- Mass Legal Help http://www.masslegalhelp.org/disability
- Massachusetts Office on Disability. http://www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/oversight-agencies/mod/
The primary mission of the MOD is to ensure the full and equal participation of all people with disabilities in all aspects of life by working to advance legal rights, maximum opportunities, supportive services, accommodations and accessibility in a manner that fosters dignity and self-determination.
- National Health Law Program http://www.healthlaw.org/ Excellent site, includes detailed information about federal health policy, especially Medicaid and Medicare. Great links.
Public Benefits / General Assistance
- Department of Transitional Assistance http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dta/ The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, or DTA, is the state agency which administers all state-funded emergency programs such as food stamps (SNAP, fuel and cash assistance)
- Mass Options https://www.massoptions.org/massoptions/ A resources that links elders and individuals with disability to the resources they need to live independently.
- Housing and Economic Development http://www.mass.gov/hed/economic/eohed/dhcd/how-to-obtain-housing-assistance.html This reference guide, provided by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is for Massachusetts residents seeking information on housing for low and moderate income families and individuals.
- MASSCAP Massachusetts Association for Community Action Agencies http://www.masscap.org/agencies.html CAAs provide emergency assistance to people in crisis; address the causes of poverty through programs that fight unemployment, inadequate housing, poor nutrition, and lack of educational opportunity; and provide training in advocacy skills
- Independent Living Centers in Massachusetts http://www.masilc.org/membership/cils
Independent Living Centers are typically non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their
families and communities.
- Medicare http://www.mass.gov/anf/employee-insurance-and-retirement-benefits/status-changes/medicare-1.html Medicare is a federal health insurance program for retirees age 65 or older and certain disabled people. Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital care, some skilled nursing facility care and hospice care. Medicare Part B covers physician care, diagnostic x-rays and lab tests, and durable medical equipment. Medicare Part D is a federal prescription drug program.
- Medicare Rights Center. http://www.medicarerights.org The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.
- Medicaid / MassHealth http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/masshealth/ In Massachusetts, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are combined into one program called MassHealth. MassHealth members may be able to get doctors’ visits, prescription drugs, hospital stays, and many other important services at little or no cost.
Special Education Guidelines
- Helpful resources for Parents from the Massachusetts Department of Education. -http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/parents.html
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post – 9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. For more information visit www.hfotusa.org or call 508-823-3300.
Obtain information by calling (617) 204-3852 or toll-free (in Massachusetts only) 1-800-223-2559. TTY: (617) 204-3817. Or send an e-mail to SHIPU@MRC.state.ma.us.
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission