Community-based Service Provider Resources
Family Support Directory 2017
This is a directory of all vendors that serve children and adults with developmental disabilities who live with their families. It is available on line at; http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dmr/reports/family-support/family-support-directory.pdf
194 West Street #9, Milford, MA 01757
Sally Mueller, Area Director
Autism Support Centers
Advocates, Inc. /Autism Alliance of Metro west
14 East Central St.
Natick, MA 01760
New England INDEX
This website offers a free database to search for information in a wide range of categories related to supports and services for children and adults with disabilities at no cost. Categories include programs and services, physicians, dentists, consultants and equipment.
Easter Seals Center for Assistive Technology
Easter Seals offers assistive technology training and loan programs to schools and individuals. The closest center is in Worcester, MA. For more information, contact:
Easter Seals Headquarters,
484 Main St, 6th Floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Transition Assessment Resources
The resources listed below provide information about transition assessments and training around transition.
Transition Coalition website
This website provides online training modules including best practices related to transition, transition assessment, models of success, and tools and resources to support students as they transition from school to adult life—all are FREE!
Another website that provides online training and resources related to transition.
Specific Assessment Tools:
Transition Planning Self-Assessment Inventory:
Brigance Transition Skills Inventory
Career Interest Inventory:
ISEEK Career Cluster Interest Survey
NEXT Move Career Interest Inventory
There are many other assessment tools to assess academic, social and vocational skills. Safety and risk assessments are also available. It is important for the IEP team to assess all areas of suspected need as the student approaches the transition from school to adult life. For a list of transition topics to consider, see http://www.fcsn.org/pti/topics/transition/tools/handouts/8_transition_topics.doc
Self-Advocacy & Youth Leadership Resources
One important change as students move from high school to adult life is the shift from parent / team decision-making to the student being responsible for decisions. Even when a student has a legal guardian or shares decision-making with an adult, many of the daily decisions and responsibilities for adult life will rest with the student. This is why all students with disabilities need to be taught how and when to share information about them, and how to make good decisions on their own.
Fortunately, there are many research-based curricula and opportunities for developing youth leadership and self-advocacy skills. Here are some of the skills that students and IEP teams should discuss:
- how to complete applications & how to gather & share needed information with employers on applications & during interviews;
- how to maintain business appropriate dress, talk & social conduct in the workplace;
- how to solve problems & receive critical feedback from an employer / co-worker; and,
- how to complete work-related tasks and self-evaluate the quality of one’s work accurately.
- how to complete academic work thoroughly and independently (including homework!);
- how to ask & get answers to questions about academic work appropriately (including homework);
- how to ask for help when needed and receive help appropriately;
- how to request accommodations and to explain how specific accommodations help with learning;
- whom to talk with when learning problems arise; and,
- how to work effectively with groups of peers.
- how to develop and maintain friendships;
- how to plan social activities for oneself & for others;
- how to use the Internet (including email & IM / chats) for communication & research;
- how to manage emotions effectively;
- how to navigate dating and romantic relationships effectively;
- how to say no;
- how to care for children, parent, and interact safely & appropriately with children;
- how to get from one place to another;
- how to budget money and manage a bank account (and ATM or credit card);
- how to manage a schedule and plan time; and,
- how to apply for services from adult service & community service agencies (DDS, MRC, Mass Health, SSI, housing assistance, food & fuel assistance, etc.).
Here are some resources & curricula that can help with building these skills:
- Whose Future Is It Anyway? A planning, decision-making & self-advocacy curriculum. http://www.ou.edu/education/centers-and-partnerships/zarrow/transition-education-materials/whos-future-is-it-anyway
- Childhood Meets Adulthood:A fantastic, on-line resource for self-determination training, chatting, and connecting for youth with all kinds of disabilities. There are also links for parents and educators that include a TON of tools, resources, and information. http://www.youthhood.org
- Kids as Self Advocates: A wonderful grassroots movement that supports teens with disabilities to take leadership in their own lives & decision-making, and encourages school and community leadership. A great organization for students to join and get involved in. http://www.fvkasa.org/index.php
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
PYD's goal is to create a world where young people with disabilities will be able to live with dignity and pride in who they are, and to lead self-determined lives filled with purpose. To make this happen, we build the skills and abilities of young people with disabilities, and increase the inclusivity of workplaces, organizations, and communities. https://www.pyd.org/
- Easter Seals Youth Leadership Program - Easter Seals Youth Leadership Network is a place for youth and young adults, between the ages of 14 and 26, to find peers and mentors with disabilities who can relate to the unique challenges of growing up with a disability. https://www.easterseals.com/ma/our-programs/youth-services/youth-services.html
- Youth Advisory Council for Special Olympics- A State YAC is a group of youth comprised of members with and without intellectual disabilities from across the state. This group works together throughout the year to educate, motivate, and activate youth to become agents of change in their communities and advocate for the respect, inclusion, and acceptance of all people, regardless of abilities. The State YAC uses a wide variety of tools to communicate effectively, such as e-mail, conference calls, Face book, state summits, and state rallies. The goal of the State YAC is to reach out to other youth to help carry out social justice for all people. https://www.specialolympicsma.org/
Parent Training Resources
Mass Families Organizing for Change
Mass Families is an organization that provides parent training, supports legislative advocacy, and offers a state-wide network of families who have children with disabilities of all types. Their Family Leadership Series is one of the most comprehensive parent trainings in the state, and it is offered at no cost and respite for children with disabilities is provided. Once families complete this training, they can apply for scholarships to attend conferences and workshops, purchase materials, and cover respite expenses for other trainings. For more information contact:
PO Box 61
Raynham, MA 02768
Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
MDDC offers up to $500 for students with developmental disabilities or family members who support a child with a developmental disability to attend any training or conference of their choice. Applications for Consumer Empowerment Funds are available at https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-developmental-disabilities-council
100 Hancock Street
Second Floor, Suite 201
Quincy, MA 02171
Parent / Professional Advocacy League
Providing hope for children with mental health needs, and their families through education, advocacy, outreach and support. The Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) is a statewide family organization dedicated to improving the mental health and well being of children, youth and families through education, advocacy and partnership.
51 Union Street
Worcester, MA 01608
The Federation for Children with Special Needs
529 Main Street, Suite 1M3 Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 236-7210, (800) 331-0688 (in MA)
Fax: (617) 241-0330
Another fantastic parent training resource! See www.fcsn.org for training info.
Guardianship & Estate Planning Resources
The following information provides brief explanations about the transfer of rights and options for supporting decision-making for students with disabilities if this is needed.
National Guardianship Organization
General information about guardianship.
Transfer of Rights Information
From Massachusetts: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/advisories/11_1.html
Adaptive Driving Evaluations
There are many students with disabilities (including physical and cognitive disabilities) that have been assessed and gotten their driver’s licenses. Two important steps in this process are getting an adaptive driving evaluation to determine whether the students has the potential to drive safely, and finding a driver’s education program that can accommodate students with disabilities.
If a student has completed an intake with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and getting reliable transportation to and from work is part of his or her vocational goal, Mass Rehab can pay for the adaptive driving evaluation to determine whether driving a car is a possibility, and possibly pay for the driver’s education classes as well. Below are resources for driving evaluations and driver’s education that are experienced in working with students with a wide variety of disabilities:
- Adaptive Driving Program provides on the road assessment and training in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 250 Milton Street, #LL002, Dedham, MA 02026, 781-329-6656 Contact Person: Mark or Tricia Whitehouse.
- Driving Solutions LLC provides in-home clinical assessment and coordination for on the road assessment and training. 8 Marshall Road, Reading, MA 01864 508-878-9583, drivingsolutionsforyou.com, Contact Person: Judy Romano, M.S., O.T.R. /L.
- Teacher’s Driving Academy- Classes held at Milford High School and the Milford Youth Center.
P.O. Box 2205
Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone: 877-TDA-DRIVE (877-832-3748) or 774-203-3245 for direct connection to TDA
General Email: email@example.com
- Labonte’s Auto School
130 Cedar St., Milford, MA 01757
Phone: (508) 699-9390
Travis Roy Foundationoffers individual grants to help those with spinal cord injuries. The funds can be used to upgrade and maintain equipment, including vehicles. Contact: 617-619-8257.
MassMatch provides funding opportunities for assistive technology. It also offers programs including device training and equipment loans. Contact: 617-204-3851.
Metro West Transit Authority:
The MWTA provides a bus from Milford to Framingham and back. Only runs first thing in the morning to Framingham and back once in the afternoon. Schedule for the bus is on the link below.
37 Waverly St,
Framingham, MA. 01702
Phone: 508-935-2222 | Toll Free: 1-888-996-9782 | Fax: 508-935-2225
Housing Options & Resources
Students who are planning to attend post secondary education settings need to decide where they plan to live while attending school. Some colleges provide housing in dorms. Transition programs that teach independent living skills typically offer housing as part of the program. Some students plan to continue living in their family’s home while pursuing post secondary education.
All students with disabilities should be aware of the following resources for which they may qualify to assist with housing expenses:
Section 8 Housing: A federal rent subsidy that can be used to pay a significant portion of monthly rent in a qualified apartment. Students from Milford can explore this subsidy, as well as the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, http://www.mass.gov/hed/housing/rental-assistance/mrv.html and other subsidized housing programs by contacting the Milford Housing Authority at 45 Birmingham Ct, Milford, MA (508) 473-9521.
- IEP teams can provide assistance to secure & complete applications for housing services. For more information about Section 8 and other housing assistance, see http://www.massresources.org/pages.cfm?ContentID=3&pageID=2&Subpages='yes'&SecondLevelDynamicID=375&DynamicID=374
- Housing Search Guide for People with Disabilities: This guide includes information about sources of funding for paying rent, buying a home, or modifying an existing home to provide housing for a person with a disability. There are also detailed instructions about what information to collect and how to apply for different funding programs in Massachusetts.
- Social Security Income: Students can use up to 75% of their social security income to offset the cost of room & board, regardless where they are living. It is important for students who may qualify to learn more about Social Security Income when they turn 17 ½ years old, as eligibility requirements may allow students who were ineligible as children to qualify for SSI as disabled adults. To learn more, see http://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices/#a0=0
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance: About MAHA
Through our grassroots organization of tenants, homebuyers and homeowners, we fight for both public and private sectors to increase their support for affordable and sustainable homeownership. When MAHA challenges banks, insurance companies, mortgage companies, developers and elected officials to do more, low and moderate income buyers and owners can see the results.
1803 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02124
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: 617-822-9100
By fax: 617-265-7503
Massachusetts Public Housing Agency Contact Information:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development: HUD in Massachusetts