General Disability Resources
MRC (Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission)
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission assists individuals with disabilities to live independently and go to work. MRC is the agency of the Commonwealth responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Independent Living Services, and for eligibility determination for the SSI/SSDI (federal) benefits programs for Massachusetts citizens with disabilities.
MOD (Massachusetts Office on Disability)
The Massachusetts Office on Disability was created in 1981, under Chapter 6, Sec.185 of the Massachusetts General Laws. The purpose of the Office is to bring about full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. It works to assure the advancement of legal rights and for the promotion of maximum opportunities, supportive services, accommodations and accessibility in a manner which fosters dignity and self determination. MOD is the Commonwealth’s Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinating Agency.
MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)
The mission of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is to make transportation easy and accessible for all travelers. That is why there are so many options for persons with disabilities, from call-a-lift buses, to elevators, to kneeling buses, to commuter rail access and “THE RIDE.” The service descriptions available at their website should help you choose the most suitable service.
Adaptive Environments, Inc. was founded in 1978 to address the environmental issues that confront people with disabilities and the elderly. They promote accessibility as well as universal design through education programs, technical assistance, training, consulting, publications and design advocacy. AE also manages the New England ADA Technical Assistance Center, one of ten regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers across the United States, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
Mass Accessible Housing Registry
The Mass Accessible Housing Registry is a free program that helps people with disabilities find rental housing in Massachusetts, primarily accessible and barrier-free housing. The Mass Access database keeps track of accessible and affordable apartments throughout the state and maintains information about their availability.
DisabilityInfo.gov is the comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources. The Federal Government remains committed to ensuring that Americans with disabilities learn and develop skills, find meaningful work, and realize the promises of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This site is part of the New Freedom Initiative, a comprehensive plan that promotes the full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of American life.
Partners For Youth With Disabilities
Partners For Youth With Disabilities , Inc., is a nonprofit organization serving youth and adults with disabilities. Partners arranges supportive one-to-one relationships between youth and adults with similar disabilities. Its purpose is to provide disabled youth with role models who will enhance their self-esteem and give them greater confidence for facing their futures. In addition to providing role model relationships for youth, PYD sponsors recreational and educational programs throughout the year. These programs offer youth opportunities to discover their unique talents, abilities, and social skills.
Blindness and Low Vision
AFB (American Foundation for the Blind)
The American Foundation for the Blind is committed to leveling the playing field for the 10 million blind or visually impaired Americans. A nonprofit organization founded in 1921 and recognized as Helen Keller’s cause in the United States, AFB is a leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public.
ACB (American Council of the Blind)
The American Council of the Blind is the nation’s leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people. It was founded in 1961 and incorporated in the District of Columbia.
The Carroll Center for the Blind
The Carroll Center for the Blind serves the needs of blind and visually-impaired persons by providing rehabilitation, skills training, and educational opportunities to achieve independence, self-sufficiency, and self-fulfillment and by educating the public regarding the potential of persons who are blind and visually-impaired.
MCB (Massachusetts Commission for the Blind)
The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind is a state agency, established in 1906, to provide a wide range of social and rehabilitation services to legally blind Massachusetts residents of all ages. Agency services may address a number of varied needs of individual blind persons. The mission of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind is to work in partnership with legally blind individuals to reach their goals of independence and participation in their communities.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
MCDHH (Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), established by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter §191-197, Hearing is a commission, under the Executive Office of Human Services, which serves as the principal agency in the Commonwealth on behlaf of people of all ages who are deaf, late deafened, and hard of hearing.
MassRelay is a service designed for people who live or work in Massachusetts and either use a TTY/PC for phone conversations or want to communicate with someone who does.
NETAC (Northeast Technical Assistance Center) The Northeast Technical Assistance Center provides outreach and technical assistance to postsecondary programs in the Northeast serving individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. NETAC is one of four regional postsecondary education centers that provide technical assistance to postsecondary institutions across the nation. The four regional centers work collaboratively and are known as the Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet).
LD Resources is operated by Richard Wanderman, a successful adult who happens to have a learning disability. Much of the reason for his success is that he uses a variety of tools, including computers, to organize his life and express his ideas This site is a good resource of information for students with learning disabilities as well as those who teach and parent them.
LD OnLine is a service of The Learning Project at WETA, Washington, D.C., in association with The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities. It is one of the premiere sites on the web for information related to learning disabilities.
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
CHADD is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is affiliated with Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Boston University. The Center is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities by improving the effectiveness of people, programs, and service systems.
Please Note: These resources are provided as a service to the Boston University Community. Their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by Boston University or the Office of Disability Services. The degree of accessibility of these sites may vary