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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 (DDS) provides supports to over 43,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder across the Commonwealth. The agency's mission is to create innovative and genuine opportunities for these individuals to participate fully in, and contribute meaningfully to, their communities as valued members.

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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