Here are some helpful links. If you have any others to add please contact us.
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).
Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN)
Provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.
What we’ve learned: This organization works closely with state agencies and local organizations with one goal in mind. Helping families get empowered. FCSN is very active in our state and a must to save as a favorite, check back often as they offer educational workshops, a yearly conference in Boston and free consultation around the law of educational advocacy.
Family TIES of Massachusetts
One of many programs under the FCSN, all coordinators are parents with special needs. Family TIES offers free workshops on how to stay organized with the mounds of papers revolving the educational world. They offer resources and referrals throughout the state of Massachusetts. Family TIES is the central directly for Early Intervention.
What we’ve learned: These coordinators are connected throughout the state and can guide families directly to resources and can make direct referrals which can alleviate a lot of stress for families. Family TIES also can match parents to other parents facing similar challenges. The facet of information that Family TIES has to offer is second to none. They are funded by the Department of Public Health and work hand in hand in collaboration. Well known for their free resource guide with resources throughout the state, national and locally. Their website always has the most current version of their directory, but as a parent you can call to get a hard copy mailed.
Department of Public Health
The Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs works with families, providers, and others to support children and youth with special health needs ages birth to 22 and their families. This includes children and youth with chronic medical, physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions. They can help provide continuity of care for your family member.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
Programs funded by the Social Security Administration that provide benefits to eligible individuals with disabilities.
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.
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
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.
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.