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Local Service Agencies
State of Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
DDS is dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities. Click for an introduction of services available through DDS.
Use this directory to find the DDS office closest to you.
Seven Hills Foundation
Seven Hills Foundation provides exceptional integrated clinical, educational and community based supports to children and adults with disabilities.
Seven Hills Locations
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
MRC is responsible for vocational rehabilitation services, community living services, and eligibility determination for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
Applications for Disabled Parking are available at all branch locations, at the Medical Affairs office, Haymarket branch; and online. Complete the application and have it certified by a medical professional.
Massachusetts RMV FAQ
In Massachusetts, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are combined into one program called MassHealth. Call to enroll.
Kaileigh Mulligan Waiver
Enrollment Center 1-800-841-2900
The Kaileigh Mulligan Program provides MassHealth services and benefits to certain children with severe special needs who are over the income standards for MassHealth eligibility and require the same level of ongoing nursing and medical needs as a child living in a pediatric nursing home or hospital. There are currently 198 children enrolled in this program. To enroll, call the Mass Health Enrollment Center and ask for Kaileigh Mulligan; or talk to your child’s hospital social worker or case manager.
Early Intervention in Massachusetts (EI)
EI is a statewide, developmental service provided to families of children ages birth through 3. Children may be eligible if they have developmental difficulties due to disability or if typical development is at risk. Call to apply.
Tanya Milette, ED.M, Special Education Advocate
From goals and objectives to evaluations and reports, from IEP meetings to visiting potential placement options; the world of Special Education can be overwhelming for parents. Tanya Milette, Special Education Advocate is here to help you help your child.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education accommodates children between the ages of 3 and 21 in the public school system. Check with your local school district for information specific to your area.
Conservatorship is a legal proceeding in which an individual or agency (to be known as the “conservator”) is appointed by a court to be responsible for a person who needs assistance in daily living. Check with your child’s high school or your county Superior Court Probate Office for information on Self Help Clinics. This process should start 6 months before the 18th birthday.
Massachusetts Court System
The Massachusetts Court System website has information on guardianship for individuals with disabilities.
Transition to Adult Services
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can help with transitioning your child to post secondary opportunities. This transition should begin no later than the first IEP after the student turns 14.
A Family Guide to Transition Services in Massachusetts
Therapy ( PT, OT, Speech, Hippotherapy and Aquatherapy)
Dr. Alycia Berg, MS, CCC-SLP
Boston Children’s Hospital (Waltham). She books months out but is worth the wait. She is excellent with eye-gaze technology and knows Rett syndrome very well.
Tanya Scott, MS, CCC-SLP
Provides private AAC and SLP services. Tanya also consults with schools and scan help new teachers program the Tobii. Tanya is TERRIFIC. She also works closely with Alycia Berg at Children’s.
Karen Veilleux PT, DPT
Karen is a Pediatric Physical Therapist with Emerson Center for Rehabilitative & Sports Therapies in Concord. Emerson Hospital just opened a brand new pediatric facility with a therapy pool. Karen has been instrumental in directing us toward things we needed like orthotics .firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Law Center of Massachusetts (DLC)
Boston 1-617-723-8455 Northampton 1-413-584-6337
The DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities.
Rare New England
RNE aims to bridge the gap between patients and families, clinics and clinicians, and the many resources available to them by existing government programs, advocacy organizations and patient groups, and state agencies, in the New England area.
DDS Family Support Centers
Services are offered by staff working out of Family Support Centers in Greenfield and Athol, MA. Primary supports offered are service navigation, information and referral, family trainings and support groups, community connections, social/ recreational opportunities, educational and service advocacy. Families prioritized by DDS may also be able to access short-term financial assistance to pay for goods and services that benefit the individual with a disability.
Elizabeth Bostic, The Parent Coach, LLC
1-617- 592 -3852
Elizabeth was instrumental in helping us through the IEP process and getting our daughter into her local public school rather than a substantially separate special needs school she was at before. Elizabeth has a great non-confrontational approach and was able to help everyone at the table come to agreement on what’s best for our daughter!
Minute Man ARC Early Intervention (Concord, MA)
Minute Man Arc is the agency of choice for children and adults with disabilities in our region, providing a community of innovative, lifelong care. We achieve this by delivering exceptional therapeutic services, meaningful employment, supportive living opportunities, recreation, and active community involvement.
Nick Grigorieff ABC Certified Prosthetist, Orthotist, CPO
Orthotics, braces, etc. in Concord, MA. Concord Orthotics and Prosthetics. Nick is absolutely fantastic. Has great recommendations and is very helpful.
A Family Guide to Transition Services in Massachusetts