From information about disability resources and an Assistive Technology (AT) loan program to a free a screening tool that can be used to identify individuals that might have a learning disability, counselors and Americans with Disabilities (ADA) coordinators should find these websites from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education useful.
The U.S. Department of Justice provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through a toll-free ADA Information Line. This service permits businesses, state and local governments, or others to call and ask questions about general or specific ADA requirements including questions about the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
ADA specialists are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (eastern time) except on Thursday when the hours are 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m..
- People who are born into the Deaf Community, and whose first native language is a signed language, not a spoken one, are "culturally deaf." Most of them are physically deaf as well. Some of them are born-deaf or became deaf at a very young age. Some of them are hearing people born into all-deaf families, and even though they can hear, even though they speak a spoken language, their first language was a signed language, not a spoken language. Learn more about deaf culture and services or deaf, late-deafened, and hard of hearing individuals.
Learn about the variety of services -- such as information on assistive technology, religious services, and hearing ear dogs -- offered to deaf, hard-of-hearing, and late-deafened citizens of Massachusetts.
The Developmental Disabilities Council provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity, and inclusion.
Here you can find information on disability services by type of disability, programs for reporting and preventing abuse, and information on assistive and rehabilitative technology for those with severe disabilities.
Through this site, Americans with disabilities, their families, veterans, educators, employers, and others are connected to thousands of resources from federal, state, and local government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.
New resources are added daily across 10 main subject areas: benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology, and transportation.
Most guide dog schools require mobility and orientation training before actually training with a guide dog. The Orientation and Mobility Department provides individualized training programs within a blind or visually impaired person's home, neighborhood, workplace, and community. Learn about the types of training provided, explore guide dog schools, and more.
Massachusetts offers various programs that foster independent living for people with disabilities of every age. Find out what an independent living center is, who is eligible, how to apply, who to contact, and how to find a living center near you.
- Learning disabilities are problems that affect the brain's ability to receive, process, analyze, or store information. These problems can make it difficult for a student to learn as quickly as someone who isn't affected by learning disabilities. Learn about the different kinds of learning disabilities, including those that also involve Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (LD/ADHD). Also learn about behavioral and neurological conditions that often accompany the LD/ADHD diagnosis.
Here you’ll find useful information specifically geared toward the blind and visually impaired. This includes information about employment services, vocational rehabilitation services and training, independent living services, deaf/blind multi-handicapped services,orientation and mobility services to help bring the disabled person back to independent travel, specialized services for children and elders, and more.