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Massachusetts Organizations and Associations

ARC Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind provides services to blind citizens of the Commonwealth, enabling them to lead Image of blind resident playing the flutemore fulfilling and independent lives. The Commission offers vocational rehabilitation, independent living social services, home care and respite assistance, radio reading programs, resource information, community systems advocacy, and residential and day services.

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services provides assistance in job placement, transportation, housing, or intense levels of treatment, monitoring and care. DMR provides these services through state-operated programs and with 265 provider agencies across the state.

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity, and inclusion.

Family Resources

The Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association

Exceptional Parent Magazine

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center

Greater Plymouth ARC

Institute on Community Integration to improve the community services and social supports available to individuals with developmental and other disabilities, and their families throughout the United States and abroad.

Learning about Intellectual Disabilities and Health St. George’s, University of London. Excellent resource for articles about health and a variety of topics.

Mental Health Matters User-friendly directory for mental health professionals, consumer, and their families.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities

National Organizations

AAIDD, American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for articles in the field of developmental disabilities.

Autism Speaks

Best Buddies International headquarters that links volunteers and people with mental retardation.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Guide We share information about therapies and treatment, the causes of CP and support for those with this disorder.

International Special Olympics

Learning Disabilities Association of America non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities.

National Federation for the Blind

NORD - National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

The ARC, a national organization.

Visual Arts Resources

Neighborhood Center of the Arts provides adults withdevelopmental disabilities an opportunity to grow to thebest of theirabilities through the arts and community integration.

NIAD the National Institute of Art & Disabilities, provides an art program that promotes creativity, independence, dignity, and community integration for people with developmental and other disabilities.

Parents Helping Parents A parent directed Family Resource Center for families having children with special needs. They have an excellent BBS with resource information and some good links to general parent support sites.

Passion Works Studio supports collaborations between artists with and without developmental disabilities.

VSA Arts creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. An affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.