Community Life

Massachusetts Office on Disability

Provides information and assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to ensure equal access in the community.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

In addition to free travel training, more available elevators, and low floor buses, the MBTA also provides the following to make public transportation more accessibile:

Reduced Fares

The Ride

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council

Self-Advocacy Leadership Series

A 10 week training program for people with developmental disabilities to learn about self-advocacy while enlarging social networks and honing communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.

Independence College

Similar to the Self-Advocacy Series but with more classes to choose from and the completion of an independent project.

Council Empowerment Funds Program

A grant program providing up to $250 for people with developmental disabilities and their families to attend disability related conferences and classes in Massachusetts.

Autism Housing Pathways

Autism Housing Pathways provides guidance to families looking for housing for their loved ones. Services include workshops on housing models and state funding as well as assistance with filling out applications.

Boston Center for Independent Living

A collection of online resources from the Boston Center for Independent Living which provides information and referral, peer mentoring, skills training, and individual advocacy to clients with all types of disabilities.

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) National Resource Center

Provides comprehensive information about state-run and federal ABLE Savings Accounts Programs which enable account holders to set money aside without impacting their disability benefits. Includes webinars, comparison charts, testimonials, and guidance in opening and managing an account. Home & Community Based Training Series

Links to webinars covering different aspects of Home & Community Based Services including settings, state transition plans, and person-centered planning.

Autism Society of America

Autism Friendly Business Challenge

Originally launched in 2016, the Autism Friendly Business Challenge offers best practices for different types of businesses to better serve patrons on the autism spectrum. A list of autism friendly companies are provided as examples.

Public Policy Page

Information about recent legislative activity as well as Home & Community-Based Services available through Medicaid.

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Keeping the Promise: Self-Advocates Defining the Meaning of Community Living

A report written in response to a request for public comment from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011.

Toolkit for Improving Home and Community-Based Services

A resource for self-advocates, families, and professionals explaining the meaning of CMS’ “Community Rule.”

Accessing Home and Community-Based Services: A Guide for Self-Advocates

A guide for self-advocates providing the nuts-in-bolts of how to live in accordance with the spirit of the “Community Rule.”

Community Living Summit Resources

A compilation of insights and ideas about community living derived from self-advocates at a 2018 Community Living Summit.

Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

Think Work! Community Life Engagement Pages

Links to a series of briefs detailing best practices for ensuring that people with developmental disabilities are fully included in their communities outside of working hours.

Autism Speaks

“Out in the Community” Page

Links to advice and resources divided into the following categories: Recreation, Travel, Going Out to Eat, Safety in the Community, Your Religious Community, Holidays and Celebrations.

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