A statewide network managed by UMasss Medical School of employers and collaborative partners that aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities.
Provides intensive in-home, residential and transitional services in various locations across the state.
Provides much needed mobility to people without insurance or other means, through recycling and refurbishing used electric power chairs and scooters.
Athletic programs uniquely adapted to accommodate people with a wide range of disabilities. All programs are custom tai- lored to the diverse needs of individuals and groups.
Nonprofit telephone information, referral and action service dedicated to resolving people’s problems.
Provides outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts state and urban parks for visitors of all abilities. Free admission to state parks for indi- viduals with disabilities.
Services homeowners and homebuyers. Education and work- shops are offered, as well as subsidies for income eligible fami- lies. USDA may provide financing for accessibility features.
Free legal services to income eligible individuals in the areas of Disability/ SSI, special education, housing, family law etc. For referrals, call 617-603-1700 or 617-371-1234.
Information and referrals, adult and parent support groups, kids group, lending library, advocacy services, newsletter, and physi- cian referral service.
Coordinates services to families who are affected by SIDS or other causes of infant mortality; 24-hr. counseling, home visits, parent support groups and parent-to-parent contacts.
Saturday respite care, transitional program, school vacation program, summer day camps and Camp Paul overnight camp.
Serving families with children diagnosed with cancer through financial grants. Can be used for medical expenses, items for the child with cancer or personal expenses such as rent and utility payments.
Grants to design beautiful yet functional rooms for children with disabilities or life-threatening illnesses, providing them with a safe, comfortable space to sleep, play, and live.
Offers workshops, educational, equipment, and financial resources to families of children with hearing loss. Provides spe- cialized early intervention services.
Provides financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer up to age 18.
Provides support to grieving young people and their families. Discussion groups are geared toward helping young people identify and share their feelings and begin the healing process.
Residential school for students with mental health issues, au- tism, developmental disabilities, and emotional and behavioral challenges, ages 6 to 22 years.
Promotes social acceptance through interactive programs, including iCARE (Introducing Children to Acceptance through Reading and Education), funding, and training.
A challenging curriculum of academic excellence for deaf stu- dents from infancy through high school.
Provides recreation and rehabilitation programs including physical therapy, occupational therapy, therapeutic riding, swim and aquatics, speech therapy, early intervention, day care, and Personal Care Attendants.
Private ski lessons at Jiminy Peak Mountain for Mono-ski, 3- or 4-track, and adaptive snowboarding for individuals who are visually or hearing impaired or have intellectual disabilities.
Provides information specific to the diagnosis, financial sup- ports, and advocacy efforts for those affected by insect-borne diseases; also hosts monthly support group in Sturbridge.
Answers the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages 3-18.
Statewide, for-fee service hosted by Arc of Massachusetts. Provides services in the areas of advocacy, brokering, planning, referral for individuals with disabilities and the elderly.
Surfing with Smiles gives the chance for those with special needs and abilities to learn how to surf for free.
Persons with disabilities are eligible for half-fare bus and train passes. For more information or to apply, contact your local transit authority.
Focuses on developing inclusive home and playground environ- ments as well as recreational activities for children of all ages and abilities; pre-registration is requested.
Network of trained special education advocates. Meetings open to parents and interested others. Will provide a listing of local advocates in private practice by calling their phone number.
A project of MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Edu- cation, providing educational advocates for children who receive services from the Department of Children and Families.
Innovative housing for adults with additional needs. Works with families to create and manage independent living situations, provides financial information, housing, recreation and work.
Spectrum for Hope provides funding or financial assistance to families who have multiple children with special needs for thera- peutic, educational, or recreational opportunities, etc.
Provides a range of support services, including New Parent resource packet, family activities, support groups, clothing and equipment sharing program, and health guide.
Committed to improving the quality of life for children with sen- sory processing disorder in the home, classroom and community.
A variety of programs include playground development, Am- bassador running team, and loaner equipment for vacation and short-term usage.
Provides custom-designed assistive computer technology to enable non-speaking children and adults to communicate with others.
Support organization for Trisomy 18, 13, and related disorders; offers support for parents who have children with chromosome disorder and education to families and professionals.
Supports, promotes and advocates for the success of Somalis as they arrive in Massachusetts; Adult literacy programs, orien- tation and acculturation, housing, employment services, legal assistance, healthcare information, and culturalsupports.
Donates Great Danes as service dogs to those with severe bal- ance and mobility limitations, and provides applicant training.
Supports programs throughout Massachusetts so that children with special needs can enjoy the world’s most popular game on a weekly basis.
Supports the academic, social, and emotional growth of stu- dents impacted by homelessness through tutoring, mentoring, and providing backpacks and school supplies.
Supports for people with Scleroderma, Raynauds, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Systematic Sclerosis and their families and friends, including emotional support, education, and research.
One-stop searchable directory of public, private, and accessible transportation options in Massachusetts. Ideal for seniors, peo- ple with disabilities, or anyone who doesn’t have access to a car. Website: www.massridematch.org
Creates healing environments in hospitals, communities, and homes for children and adolescents who are facing chronic illnesses, through a Wish program.
Led by Boston Children’s Hospital, Safe Kids implements evi- dence- based programs such as car-seat checkups, safety work- shops and sports clinics, to help prevent childhood injuries.
Local chapter of national organization that coordinates volun- teers to provide home repairs and renovations to low- income families with children with special needs.
Strives to recruit, train, and support volunteers who will support the needs of children in state custody through the educational advocacy process.
A durable medical equipment DME-reuse program managed by MA Rehabilitation Commission. Gives a second life to donated DME such as wheelchairs, adapted strollers, standers and gait trainers, shower chairs, and more. Offers refurbished devices at no cost.
Parent volunteers will call and provide information and support to families.
Provides a comprehensive and current list of Personal Care Attendants PCA-through MassHealth, or privately funded respite services for children and adults.
Statewide information and referral service for people facing hun- ger. FoodSource Hotline provides information in 160 different languages.
Supplies adults and children in need with a variety of support. We provide clothing, toiletries, gift baskets, career items, school supplies, blankets, toys, furniture, baby items, housewares, etc.
Provides safe, fun and socially empowering activities for people with special needs. Events include sporting activities, holiday parties and the “Special Needs Prom.”
Provides paid summer part-time work experience for visually impaired students ages 16-20.
Mass. Report Card allows parents to learn about local public schools, find out how well they perform, and compare them with other schools from across Massachusetts. The tool is available at:
Provides planning and trust management services to individuals with special needs throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
PAIR is nationally recognized pro bono model that provides free legal services to asylum-seekers and to promote the rights of detained immigrants.
Provides support and resources for families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender-expansive children, adolescents, and adults.
Offers individualized education programs for children ages 0-22 with blindness, visual impairment, and deafblindness, including additional disabilities.
Residential and day school for students with complex medical needs. Community recreation programs, after school and sum- mer day programs and hippotherapy.
A statewide network of families, local family support groups, and professionals who advocate on behalf of children and adoles- cents with mental, emotional or behavioral special needs, and their families.