Opportunities for Developmental Disability Reform

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Sponsored by the Massachusetts Office on Disability, grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to successful applicants to remove barriers and create or improve accessible features for persons with disabilities. Planning Grants will also be awarded to assist applicants creating or updating a Self-Evaluation or Transition Plan required under Title II of the ADA.

Eligible applicants include any town or city in the Commonwealth.


This Fellowship allows an individual to work on a self-designed project and learn about disability policy, services, and advocacy. Massachusetts residents with a developmental disability who have finished high school are eligible. The Gopen Fellow works primarily at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) in Dorchester and occasionally at the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) in Quincy. On average, they work 20 hours/week and earn a $20,000 stipend.

  • Vocational Evaluations with a 10-day turnaround for reports/recommendations

  • Job training and employment services for those with Developmental Disabilities)

  • In-depth training options as well as refresher courses

  • School to Work services for students age 14 and over

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