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Community Resources

Community ResourcesDisability Lifespan Solutions focuses on helping families of loved ones who have a wide range of disabilities navigate through the various services available to them. 

We are pleased to list the following organizations and websites as a public service.

The following resources are not endorsed by Disability Lifespan Solutions or JF&CS and this is not an exhaustive list. If you would like to add or edit any information, please contact us.

Community Resources

Guardianship

Exceptional Lives
Guides designed for Massachusetts families of children and adults with disabilities to help those family members thrive. These are especially helpful for those navigating a process for the first time.

Massachusetts Guardianship Association
Information and resources for individuals, family members, and professionals about guardianship and conservatorship.

Massachusetts Guardianship of Adults & Conservatorship Forms
All forms necessary to petition for guardianship and conservatorship.

Housing

3LPlace
3LPlace empowers young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities to reach their individual potential, to follow their passion, and to live meaningful lives in the community.

Cape Cod Village
A campus-style residential community that is integrated into the wider Cape Cod community.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

Jewish Family & Children's Service
Supported housing programs offer a range of options for adults with disabilities who want to live as independently as possible while enjoying community involvement and pursuing individual goals.

Specialized Housing, Inc.
A condominium model for individuals who can function somewhat independently and whose behaviors can be managed with the level of staffing agreed upon by the family.

Step By Step Supportive Services
Step By Step meets weekly with individuals in their home (including dormitories) to provide support. They also have a residential setting on Beacon Street in Brookline that provides studios and one-bedroom apartments.

Supportive Living, Inc.
Develops appropriate and affordable supportive housing, provides lifelong physical, cognitive, and social fitness through wellness programs, and fosters research aimed at improving the lives of those affected by brain injury.

Mental Health

Department of Mental Health (DMH)
You may apply for mental health services through DMH that enable individuals of all ages to live, work, and participate in their communities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for those affected by mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health
The lead federal agency for research on mental health disorders.

Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological testing is a great starting point for families with a newly diagnosed child and a resource for families beyond initial diagnosis. 

Nonprofit and National Organizations

The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP)
ADDP is committed to enhancing political financial, and educational health of member organizations that serve people with disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

The Association of Retarded Citizens
The ARC is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
Information on disorders, resources, and organizations that can provide additional support.

Special Education Law

Federation for Children with Special Needs
Provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. They are committed to listening to and learning from families and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

Wright's Law
Wright's Law provides accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

State/Government Resources

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Official Website
Information about Early Intervention, Special Education, IEPs, Transitions, and more can be found under the Childhood & Adult Education. Information about Massachusetts health insurance and how to apply can be found under Health & Safety. Transportation & Recreation provides information about obtaining a handicapped placard.

Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
DDS offers services for adults with disabilities, specifically those who have autism.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
DOE is responsible for public education at the elementary and secondary levels. It is governed by the Massachusetts Board of Education.

Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Publications and videos that explain what the ADA is, who is considered a person with a disability, who must comply with the ADA, and who to contact about the ADA.

MassHealth

MassHealth can pay for programs like Adult Family Care (AFC), Personal Care Assistants (PCA), work rehabilitation and day programs, and so much more.

Official website for Disability Information
Resource for finding specialty providers and services.

Social Security
Applying for social security benefits will help your loved one be more independent as an adult.

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