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Disability Agencies


Massachusetts Office on Disability

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH)

Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

Disability Law Center

DisabilityInfo.org


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Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD)

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is the state advocacy agency for people with disabilities. MOD's goal is to make sure that people with disabilities have the legal rights, opportunities, support services, and accommodations they need to take part in all aspects of life in Massachusetts. MOD helps people of all ages. MOD services are free.

For MOD contact information and details about MOD services, see Massachusetts Office on Disability on MassResources.org.


Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) helps people with disabilities find employment and live independently. The MRC serves Massachusetts residents age 18 and older. The MRC helps people with all types of disabilities except blindness. Legally blind residents can get services from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

Local offices:

  • MRC Vocational Rehabilitation Office
    359 Main Street
    Worcester MA 01608
    Telephone: Voice: 508-754-1757; TTY: 508-767-9265
    Web site: Worcester Vocational Rehabilitation Office

  • Worcester County Center for Living and Working
    (Independent Living Center)
    484 Main Street, Suite 345
    Worcester, MA 01608
    Telephone: 508-798-0350
    Web site: Center for Living and Workin

For complete MRC contact information and details about MRC services, see Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission on MassResources.org.


Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)

The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) provides rehabilitation and social services to legally blind Massachusetts residents of all ages. These services help the legally blind live independently as active members of their communities. The MCB keeps a confidential register of all legally blind people in the state and contacts everyone on the list to offer support services.

Worcester office:

  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind - Worcester
    390 Main Street, Suite 620
    Worcester, Ma 01608-2111
    Telephone: 508-754-1148 or 800-263-6944

For complete MCB contact information and details about MCB services, see Massachusetts Commission for the Blind on MassResources.org.


Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)

The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is the state government agency that works on behalf of Massachusetts residents who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The MCDHH serves as an advocate to make sure that deaf and hard-of-hearing residents have the same access to information, services, education, and other opportunities as the hearing population.

Regional office:

  • MCDHH - Central Massachusetts Regional Office
    2 Foster Street, Second Floor
    Worcester, MA 01608
    Telephone: Voice/TTY: 413-788-6427; Video phone: 866-948-4360
    Web site: MCDHH Central Regional Office

For complete MCDHH contact information and details about MCDHH services, see Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on MassResources.org.


Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH)

The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health is the state agency that oversees treatment programs, support services, regulations, and public policy for Massachusetts residents with mental illness. The DMH serves adults with long-term or serious mental illness, and children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. Residents must file an application and get DMH approval before they can get services.

Regional office:

  • Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) - Worcester
    305 Belmont Street
    Worcester, MA 01604
    Telephone: Voice: 508-368-3838; TTY: 508-752-0127
    Web site: DMH Worcester Office

For complete DMH contact information and details about DMH services, see Massachusetts Department of Mental Health on MassResources.org.


Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is the state agency that provides support services to Massachusetts residents with intellectual disabilities. The DDS works with many provider agencies throughout the state to offer services to adults and children and their caregivers.

Worcester office:

  • Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services - Worcester
    24 Southbridge Street
    Worcester, MA 01608
    Telephone: 508-792-6200

For complete DDS contact information and details about DDS services, see Department of Developmental Services on MassResources.org.


Disability Law Center (DLC)

The Disability Law Center (DLC) is a private non-profit law firm that gives free legal assistance to Massachusetts residents with disabilities who have been discriminated against because of their disability. The Disability Law Center helps people of all ages, with all types of disabilities.

The DLC provides legal help with problems such as discrimination, abuse or neglect, or denial of services, when they are related to a person's disability. Services include information and referral, technical assistance, legal representation for individuals and groups, and advocacy.

For DLC contact information and details about DLC services, see Disability Law Center on MassResources.org.


DisabilityInfo.org

The DisabilityInfo.org web site helps people with disabilities, their families, and service providers find disability-related resources in Massachusetts. DisabilityInfo.org is maintained by New England INDEX, a nonprofit technology group, that collects information from over 100 disability organizations in Massachusetts and consolidates the information on DisabilityInfo.org for easy access.

For more information, see DisabilityInfo.org on MassResources.org.

 
 
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