The latest version of the Family TIES of Massachusetts Directory of Resources for Families of Children and Youth with Special Needs is now available! View online or contact the Regional Coordinators at 800-905-TIES to get your copy.
We always welcome information about more community programs, especially from families. Just fill out our Directory Add form and mail or email to the address on the top of the form. Thank you for sharing with us!
(The Directory is available in PDF format only. You will need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™in order to view these pages. Acrobat® Reader™is available at no cost and can be downloaded by clicking here.)
This Directory is meant to be used only as a starting point for inquiry into community-based resources and state agencies that support families of children and youth with special needs. The inclusion of a program in this directory does not represent an endorsement by the Federation, nor does an omission represent any form of disapproval by the Federation.
Why do we do what we do?
FOR TWENTY YEARS, Family TIES of Massachusetts has provided a unique service for families and professionals supporting children and youth with special needs. Thank you to everyone whose contacts have kept our staff busy, listening and supporting emotional stories, digging for resources, and responding to opportunities to provide trainings and resources to the special needs communities of Massachusetts. Your requests help us to become a valued resource to our community.
Our parent-led program offers assistance as families search for resources and address their children’s physical, developmental and intellectual, and emotional and behavioral challenges. The Directory of Resources is a useful tool to identify community-based programs and government agencies that offer a wide range of supports for children and their families. We offer both paper and electronic versions, to expand circulation, and always welcome news about programs that we should add to a future edition of the Directory – to help other families, too. For more help in finding assistance, call our toll-free line to connect with a Regional Coordinator.
Through the unique lens of our experienced Parent Coordinators, we invite parents to share your concerns, process your emotional and strategic concerns, and hopefully realize that our mantra is true, you are not alone in your parenting experience. We are here to help you gather your strength, build your own skills and gain confidence in this journey, and develop strategies and plans to enhance your child’s life experiences. Equally important, parents come to appreciate their children’s joys and successes while we affirm that their energy and commitment are important influences for their families and their community.
Everyone who is parenting a child or young adult with special needs is encouraged to share your family wisdom, to benefit others, through our Parent-to-Parent and Share Your Voice! Parent Advisor Programs. You can help to brighten the road of parents whose children face similar challenges, and our funder, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, welcomes family perspectives as they design and refine programs that are responsive to our community of families.
Our Directory is divided into 5 sections:
Section 1: Resources by Topic lists programs by topic headers.
Section 2: Resources A-Z contains an alphabetic listing of all community programs.
Section 3: Early Intervention contains information about Early Intervention services; the
Family TIES website for an up-to-date listing of programs and their contact information.
Section 4: State Agencies contains contacts for state agencies supporting families.
Section 5: En Español y Em Português lists programs for Spanish and Portuguese families.
Special words of thanks to communities with whom we work closely: These include our agency, the Federation for Children with Special Needs; our funder and collaborator, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition; the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau; and Parent to Parent USA. Thanks, too, to many community-based organizations and state agencies that have offered opportunities to share in their activities to support families. The staff of Family TIES acknowledges that in supporting your families, we gain understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of our community’s experiences. Thank you.