Log in links for this page

DDS Citizen's Advisory Boards (CAB)

The CABs advise area/facility/regional directors on community needs and the quality of programs.

One of the cornerstones to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families with intellectual disability is the statewide network of Citizen Advisory Boards (CAB).  The CABs consist of self-advocates, family members, guardians, professionals, and other citizens who advise area/facility/regional directors on community needs and the quality of programs.  CAB members contribute to positive change through legislative advocacy, community education, other activities to acknowledge the work and partnership of direct care workers and families. CAB members are appointed by the DDS Commissioner to serve on the board. 

Table of Contents

Now Recruiting!

CAB recruitment graphic  reading: Make a difference, create positive change

Are you interested in creating positive change for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Massachusetts? Consider joining your local DDS Citizen's Advisory Board!

If you are a self-advocate, family member, guardian, professional or community member interested in legislative advocacy, community education, and other activities to enhance the quality of life for people served by DDS, please contact DDSinfo@mass.gov to learn more and join your local CAB.

What is a Citizen's Advisory Board (CAB)?

DDS has groups called Citizen Advisory Boards (CAB) across the state, as well as a Statewide Advisory Council (SAC). CABs and the SAC work to make things better for people with disabilities.

CABs and the SAC include people who have disabilities, family members, caregivers, professionals, and other community members.

Members give advice to the DDS Commissioner about what the community needs and how to improve DDS programs and services. They also help by talking to lawmakers and teaching the community about disabilities.

DDS CAB Meetings

Help Us Improve Mass.gov  with your feedback

Please do not include personal or contact information.