Provides information and assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to ensure equal access in the community.
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:
Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
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.
Similar to the Self-Advocacy Series but with more classes to choose from and the completion of an independent project.
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 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.
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.
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.
Links to webinars covering different aspects of Home & Community Based Services including settings, state transition plans, and person-centered planning.
Autism Society of America
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.
Information about recent legislative activity as well as Home & Community-Based Services available through Medicaid.
Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
A report written in response to a request for public comment from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011.
A resource for self-advocates, families, and professionals explaining the meaning of CMS’ “Community Rule.”
A guide for self-advocates providing the nuts-in-bolts of how to live in accordance with the spirit of the “Community Rule.”
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
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.
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.