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About the Department of Developmental Services

Learn more about the Department of Developmental Services and the resources it offers.

The Department of Developmental Services provides supports to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Supports are designed to promote meaningful participation and inclusion in all aspects of community life.

The Department serves over 32,000 adults and an additional 9,000 children across the state to assist in transitions from school to adult life and to provide support for individuals through an individualized, person-centered approach.

Services are coordinated through 23 Area Offices and 4 Regional Offices across the state. Services are provided through contracts with non-profit agencies and through two self-directed service options. The Department monitors services through a variety of quality management systems.


We have 28 DDS offices across Massachusetts to serve you.

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