Basic Living Needs and Services Information

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Cambridge Family & Children’s Service, Developmental Disabilities Programs

617-876-4210 x4259 | Contact: Brenda Beaton

  • Agency with Choice (AWC)
    Helps provide skills training and support services to adults living with their families; families are encouraged to be involved in collaborating and even supervising professional caregivers working in the home.

  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)/Department of Developmental Services
    Assists children living at home who require intensive levels of educational support in school and the community.

  • Intensive Flexible Family Support Services (IFFS)
    Services offered to families with a DDS-eligible child, aged 3-18, classified with a need for intensive case management. Flexible funding can also be made available for short-term needs or avoiding out-of-home placement.

  • Specialized Home Care
    A residential alternative for adults who are unable to live at home.

  • The Family Support Center
    Offers a wide range of flexible services to support families caring for a child or an adult with a developmental disability.

Cerebral palsy is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options, and support to help those affected by this condition.

Provides contact information for therapists and case managers on speech therapy, home health agencies, outpatient treatment and more.

One Beacon Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 | Phone: 617-742-0820 | Fax: 617-742-3953

Assists individuals with one or more disabilities in securing housing. Run by the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association.

DTA Phone Line: 877-382-2363  | DTA Document Processing Center Fax: 617-887-8765

DTA has resources that simplify the process of conducting business and day-to-day living. Learn how to submit documents to us or download the DTA Connect app. Find other support services like disability access, work training programs, and domestic violence services. Our support services can help you on your journey towards self-sufficiency.

MDSC provides information, networking opportunities, and advocacy for people with Down syndrome and their families, educators, health care professionals, and the community-at-large.

Opportunities for Inclusion Services serve children, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the community, utilizing a person-centered planning approach. We provide quality, flexible programs and services to maximize independence, foster inclusion, promote self-advocacy and build community connections.

Services include Adult Family Care, Day Habilitation, Employment, Community Based Day Supports & Transitions, and School to Work Transitions Program.

LINK connects families, professionals and individuals with disabilities who are of transition age (14-26) with information, supports, and services to achieve students’ future visions.

Copy of the most current guide is available here in English and Spanish; view a schedule of various training workshops.

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