The mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and their families. They fulfill this through advocacy for community supports and services that foster social inclusion, self-determination, and equity across all aspects of society.
In August 2014, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted landmark legislation Ch. 226 of the Acts of 2014, the “Autism Omnibus Law”. The statute established the Autism Commission as a permanent entity and is comprised of 35 members. The Commission is charged with making recommendations on policies impacting individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and individuals with Smith-Magenis syndrome.
The Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of society. As practitioners, researchers, and teachers, we form partnerships with individuals, families, and service agencies. Together we advocate for personal choice, self-determination, and social and economic justice.
MassFamiliesis a statewide, grassroots coalition of individuals with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and their families. They believe that supports for individuals and families can be more flexible and better designed to respond to the actual needs people have. They are actively organizing families and individuals to use the power of our numbers to effect positive change.
Massachusetts Advocates for Children is a nonprofit children’s advocacy organization in downtown Boston. They work with students, families, communities, and at the policy level to remove barriers to education for children across Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strongoperates statewide and runs five individual regions as well. They have various groups, committees, task forces, that facilitate their members to advocate, develop leadership skills, and foster social connections.
Under federal law (P.L. 106-402) the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council is mandated to work with and educate policymakers and the public about key policy issues that impact people with DD and their families.
Works to ensure the full and equal participation of all people with disabilities in all aspects of life by working to advance legal rights, maximum opportunities, supportive services, accommodations, and accessibility in a manner that fosters dignity and self-determination.
Connect with us:
To schedule a one hour consult please contact Andrea Morris, Director of Family Supports, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 978-373-0552 ext. 211.
For Bilingual support please contact Elizabeth Beltran, Family Support Navigator at email@example.com 978-373-0552 ext. 217.
Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm, by appointment only.
Extended hours are offered on the first and third Wednesday of the month via zoom from 5pm until 7:30pm, by appointment only.