Information of interest for persons with disabilities residing in, or visiting the State of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Disability Resources
Asperger's Association of New England (AANE)
AANE is committed to providing a supportive, understanding community for individuals, families and professionals throughout New England - www.aane.org
A nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning - www.cast.org
The Carroll Center for the Blind
The Carroll Center for the Blind, located in Newton, Massachusetts, is a private, non-profit agency which serves persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired - www.carroll.org
Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts (CPMA)
Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts exists to provide a continuum of community based services that supports the efforts of children and adults with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible in the least restrictive environment - www.masscp.org
The Federation for Children with Special Needs
Organized in 1975 as a coalition of parent groups representing children with a variety of disabilities, the Federation operates a Parent Center in Massachusetts which offers a variety of services to parents, parent groups, and others who are concerned with children with special needs - http://fcsn.org
The Arc of Massachusetts
The mission of The Arc of Massachusetts is to enhance the lives of individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families - www.arcmass.org
The Hydrocephalus Foundation, Inc. (HyFI) is a registered, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, educational resources and networking opportunities to patients and families affected by hydrocephalus - www.hydrocephalus.org
Statistics: Massachusetts Disability
- There are an estimated 821,000 people in the state of Massachusetts over the age of five who have a form of disability.
- Approximately 143,000 people with disabilities, or 2.5% of the state's population, experience difficulties with performing activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or moving around inside of their homes.
- There are around 455,000 people in the state who have a form of work disability, and 155,000 people with disabilities in Massachusetts who are employed.
- Around 26,000 people with disabilities in the state are unemployed, while 233,000 are currently not in the workforce.