Massachusetts Autism Resources

Each state sets eligibility ages for services to children and youth with disabilities.
For current information concerning this state, please contact the office listed under
STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Special Education Services.

See Massachusetts Web Resources


STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:  Special Education Services. STATE VOCATIONAL
Rehabilitation Agency.
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Planning Council.
DISABILITY 
Organizations
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN ages 3 through 5.  STATE VOCATIONAL
Special Needs Programs
DISABILITIES
Advocacy  Program
UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED
Programs  
 
EARLY
Intervention System.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
HEALTH
for children and youth.
CLIENT ASSISTANCE Program. TECHNOLOGY RELATED
Assistance.
PARENTS  Training and
Information Project.
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
Health 
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
with Special Health Care Needs.
PARENT-TEACHER
Association (PTA)

 
 

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION

Marcia Mittnacht, Executive Director
Educational Improvement Group
Department of Education
350 Main St
Malden, MA 02148-5023
            (617) 388-3300      

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITES:
AGES 3 THROUGH 5

Elisabeth Schaefer, Administrator
Early Learning Services
Department of Education
350 Main St
Malden, MA 02148-5023
            (617) 388-3300      

PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES:
AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2

Ron Benham, Director
Early Intervention Services
Dept. of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
            (617) 624-5070      

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AGENCY

Elmer C. Bartels, Commissioner
MA Rehabilitation Commission
Fort Point Place
27-43 Wormwood Street
Boston, MA 02210-1606
            (617) 727-2172      

OFFICE OF STATE COORDINATOR OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Judith Klimkiewicz, Administrator
School to Employment
Department of Education
350 Main St
Malden, MA 02148-5023
            (617) 388-3300      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY

Marylou Sudders, Commissioner
Department of Mental Health
25 Staniford St
Boston, MA 02114
            (617) 727-5600      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Joan Mikula, Assistant Commissioner
Child-Adolescent Services
Department of Mental Health
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
            (617) 727-5600      

STATE MENTAL RETARDATION PROGRAM

Philip Campbell, Commissioner
Department of Mental Retardation
160 North Washington Street
Boston, MA 02114
            (617) 727-5608      

STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL

Daniel Shannon, Director
MA Developmental Disabilities Council
174 Portland Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
            (617) 727-6374       ext. 100;             (617) 727-1885       (TTY)

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

Tim Sinclair, Acting Executive Director
Disability Law Center, Inc.
11 Beacon Street, Suite 925
Boston, MA 02108
            (617) 723-8455      

CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Barbara Lybarger, Director
Client Assistance Program
MA Office on Disability
One Ashburton Place, Room 1305
Boston, MA 02108
            (617) 727-7440      ;             (800) 322-2020       (In MA)

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

Deborah Allen, Director
Division for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
            (617) 624-5070      

STATE AGENCY FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Charles Crawford, Commissioner
MA Commission for the Blind
88 Kingston Street
Boston, MA 02111
            (617) 727-5550      

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

Barbara Jean Wood, Commissioner
MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
210 South Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
            (617) 695-7500      ;             (617) 695-7600       (TTY)
            (800) 882-1155       (V, in MA only)
            (800) 530-7570       (after-hours emergency V/TTY, in MA only)

DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Attention Deficit Disorder
To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either:Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)
499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33317
            (954) 587-3700      
            (800) 233-4050       (Voice mail to request information packet)
URL: http://www.chadd.org

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
P.O. Box 972
Mentor, OH 44061
            (216) 350-9595      
            (800) 487-2282       (Voice mail to request information packet)
E-mail: NATLADDA@aol.com
URL: http://www.add.org

Brain Injury
Massachusetts Brain Injury Association
Denholm Building
484 Main Street, #325
Worcester, MA 01608
            (508) 795-0244      ;             (800) 242-0030       (in MA)

Cerebral Palsy
Michael Ripple, Executive Director
United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston, Inc.
71 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02172
            (617) 926-5480      

Epilepsy
William Murphy, Executive Director
Epilepsy Association of MA
59 Temple Place, Suite 550
Boston, MA 02111
            (617) 542-2292      

Learning Disabilities
Annemarie Carpenter, President
Learning Disabilities Association of MA
1275 Main St
Waltham, MA 02154-1762
            (617) 891-5009       (T-W-Th, 9-2 pm)

Mental Health
National Mental Health Association
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2971
            (800) 969-6642      

Barbara Cantrill, Executive Director
MA Alliance for the Mentally Ill
295 Devonshire St.
Boston, MA 02210
            (617) 426-2299      

Mental Retardation
Leo Sarkissian, Executive Director
Arc Massachusetts
217 South Street
Waltham, MA 02154
            (617) 891-6270      

Speech and Hearing
David Russell, President
MA Speech-Language-Hearing Association
518 North Main Street
Randolph, MA 02368
            (617) 986-8177      ;             (800) 898-8177      

Spina Bifida
Spina Bifida Association of MA
336 Grove Street
Waltham, MA 02154
            (617) 239-1919      

OTHER DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Richard LaPierre, President
MA Easter Seal Society
484 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
            (508) 757-2756      

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAM

William E. Kiernan, Director
Institute for Community Inclusion UAP
Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
            (617) 355-6506      ;             (617) 355-6956       (TTY)Philip R. Reilly, Director
Eunice Shriver Center UAP
200 Trapello Road
Waltham, MA 02154
            (617) 642-0238      

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE

Judy Brewer, Project Director
MA Assistive Technology Partnership
MATP Center; Children’s Hospital
1295 Boylston Street, Suite 310
Boston, MA 02215
            (800) 848-8867       (V/TTY, in MA only);             (617) 355-7820      
            (617) 355-7301       (TTY)

PARENT TRAINING & INFORMATION PROJECT

Richard Robinson, Executive Director
Federation for Children with Special Needs
95 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
            (617) 482-2915       (V/TTY);             (800) 331-0688       (In MA)
E-mail: fcsninfo@fcsn.org
URL: http://www.fcsn.org/

PARENT-TO-PARENT

Kimberly Molle, Family Support Coordinator
Greater Boston Association for Retarded Citizens
1505 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02135
            (617) 783-3900      Rosalie Edes, Director
Families Ties
c/o MA Dept. of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
            (617) 624-5070      

Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change
P.O. Box 50
Raynham, MA 02768
            (800) 406-3632      

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

Barbara Bailey, President
Massachusetts Parent-Teacher-Student Association
99 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02154
            (617) 646-6771      


Massachusetts Web
 

Civil Liberties 
ACLU of Massachusetts 
Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN-TV) 
Massachusettes Music Industry Coalition Consumer Protection 
Better Business Bureau 

Family and Parenting  
Family Center 
Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts 
Florence Crittenton League 
Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation 
Parents Without Partners, Metro West Chapter 
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts 
WarmLines Parent Resources

Disability Information 
Asperger’s Association of New England 
Arc – Massachusetts 
Fidelity House, Inc. 
GLMHRA Dream Connection     
New England Index 
Shriver Center 
South Norfolk County Association for Retarded Citizens 
Special Olympics Massachusetts 
Toward Independent Living and Learning, Inc. (TILL) 
Triangle, Inc. 
Very Special Arts Massachusetts 
WORK, Inc
Job Training and Workplace  
Partners for Empowering Neighborhoods (PEN) 
SCORE – Northeast Massachusetts 
WORK, Inc Computers and Technology  
Boston Computer Society 
Computer Resource Access 
Massachusetts Tech Corps 
Way.Net 

Education  
Junior Achievement of Western Mass., Inc. 
Massachusetts Tech Corps 
The Option Institute 
Partners for Empowering Neighborhoods (PEN) 
 

Children and Youth 
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampden County 
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Inc. 
COMPASS (Community Providers of Adolescent Services, Inc.) 
Concilio Hispano de Cambridge, Inc. 
Junior Achievement of Western Mass., Inc. 
Massachusetts Campaign For Children 
Santa Clauss Anonymous 
Wediko Children’s Services Community  
Massachusetts State and Local Government 
Family Life Support Center, Inc 
American Red Cross – Hampshire County Chapter 
Search and Rescue Association (SARA) 
Health 
Asperger’s Association of New England 
Associates for Human Services 
Hospitality Program 
Huntington’s Disease Society, Massachusetts Chapter 
Hydrocephalus Foundation, Inc. 
Joslin Diabetes Center 
Latino Health Institute 
Lipton Center Comprehensive Mental Health Center 
Lymphedema Support Group of Greater Boston   
Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. 
Polly’s Place
Homelessness, Housing and Poverty  
Boston Rescue Mission 
Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) 
Family Life Support Center  . 
Habitat for Humanity on Martha’s Vineyard   
Saint Francis House 
South Shore Habitat for Humanity 
Spare Change 
Food Bank Central 
Party For Purpose
Recovery, Addiction, and Abuse 
Community Providers of Adolescent Services, Inc (COMPASS) 
MEDA (Massachusetts Eating Disorder Association, Inc. 
NAMES Project Southeastern Massachusetts 
New England Learning Center For Women In Transition (NELCFWIT) 
Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts
Community Service (Volunteering) 
Boston Cares 
People Making a Difference through Community Service 
Sheffield Kiwanis Club 
Special Olympics 
Winchester Tobacco-Free Youth Center


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