Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder. Promotes research and support programs for individuals and families living with autism.
The human services agency started as an orphanage and now provides multi-disciplinary programming and services throughout Massachusetts. Details on programing in Service section.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) offers services and supports for individuals with intellectual disabilities and children with developmental disabilities. DDS offers residential supports, services for families, respite care and transportation services.
Provides assistive technology devices and training for both functional living and educational exercises.
Part of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the Shriver Center conducts both research and instructional programs on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The instructional programs have built curriculum for graduate certificates for professionals working with the IDD communities. The Center has also created a self-paced, 10-module learning program on Applied Behavior Analysis (see Resources and Video sections).
A joint project with the Federation for Children with Special Needs and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, they serve as an information and support network for families with children who have special needs, offering trainings, parent workshops, and information resources on a cornucopia of issues.
Provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. This includes family and professional development trainings, along with advocacy campaigns (see Training section for more detail).
A design firm offering education, research and consulting services with the purpose of implementing inclusive design for day-to-day living. They have built an extensive database of first-person accounts on the challenges of living with “physical, sensory or cognitive functional limitations.” They also house the New England ADA Center (see below).
Guided by Jewish values, Jewish Family & Children’s Service cares for people at all stages of life who seek support, guidance, and a purposeful, independent life. Their programming focuses on serving vulnerable populations including children and adults with disabilities.
One of ten regional centers in the ADA National Network, they provide information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.” It is not a regulatory or government entity but sponsors online training specific to the ADA lists, field training, and workshops.
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Utilizing people-first language, Opportunities for Inclusion, provides all matters of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Programming not only includes community events but specific services like Day Habilitation to encourage individuals’ inclusion and independence. Links to this service, and others, will be in the Basic Living Needs section.
Sponsors a series of competitive games to engage individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They connect people to others in their neighborhood and around the world. They also offer mentorship programs, health & wellness events, and community events.
Promote use of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. They produce workshops and network events for disabled communities as well as with professionals who work with these communities, including the annual Assistive Technology Conference of New England. Read more information on the 2018 conference, or view a list of recent events.
A nonprofit dedicated to advocacy and community support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their families.
A coalition of 15 non-profits, their website offers advice, community support, and research access to parents whose children face developmental and/or learning disabilities.
Charity ID Number: 61-1735737
You’re With Us is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a Department of Developmental Services (DDS) service provider that creates inclusion opportunities for young adults with disabilities. The program identifies and trains college clubs, groups, and teams to welcome individuals with disabilities into their groups as they are. You’re With Us connects its mentors, employees, and participants to info guides, training, and support materials from several community partners, service providers, and nonprofits.