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- A list of organizations which offer opportunities for patients and families to obtain low cost, rental and donated equipment, including recreational wheelchairs, assistive technology devices and power wheelchairs.
Resources links list
Accessibility & Recreation
- Disability Law Center, Inc.
11 Beacon Street, Suite 925
Boston, MA 02108
Client Assistance Program
Department of Education
- Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office
Department of Education
350 Main St
Malden, MA 02148-5023
Early Intervention Services (Infant and toddler)
- Early Intervention Services
Dept. of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Early Intervention Services (Ages 3 to 5)
PTI (Parent Training and Information Centers)
- Federation for Children with Special Needs
1135 Tremont Street, Suite 420
Boston, MA 02120-2140
Employment and Vocational support
- Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Student & Family Support Project
The WIOA Student & Family Support Project aligns with the objectives of the Federation for Children with Special Needs in supporting families and young adults to achieve their visions for life after high school. The Federation has set high goals for this project, aspiring to connect with 2,500 individuals per year. This will be achieved through the LINK Center website, call center, and the three statewide Transition Family Support Specialists and Outreach Team.
MassOptions is a service of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services which connects elders, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers with agencies and organizations that can best meet their needs for independent living supports. Trained specialists from MassOptions give you fast, personalized attention. All you need to do is tell them about yourself or what you need to live independently.
1.844.422.6277 (Specialist contact, 7 days 8AM-8PM)
- Golden Ridge Opportunities
Golden Opportunities For Independence's mission is to train and pair highly trained service dogs with people living with disabilities as a means to facilitate confident and independent lifestyles.
- Siblings Supports Project
Sibling Supports' national effort dedicated to life long concerns of brothers and sisters of people with special health concerns. There are 14 "sib shops" (support groups for siblings) located across Massachusetts.
Children's Medical Security Plan (CMSP)
Provides limited health insurance for uninsured children under age 19 based on family income and size. Some co-pays required.
- MassHealth CommonHealth Program
The CommonHealth program provides health care benefits to people with disabilities whose income is too high for to be eligible for MassHealth Standard. Monthly premium is based on an individual's income.
CommonHealth information (PDF)
- Kaileigh Mulligan Program
This program provides health insurance and services to children with disabilities as defined by Social Security Administration or Mass Title XVI, under age 19 who meet Nursing Facility Care criteria and whose family income is too high for MassHealth coverage. Family income is waived and the child's income and assets are considered for eligibility.
Kaileigh Mulligan Program information (PDF)
Social Security Administration definition of disability for children
- MassHealth Standard/CommonHealth Premium Assistance (MSCPA)
MSCPA provides financial assistance to eligible individuals covered by MassHealth Standard or MassHealth CommonHealth program and are covered by employer and COBRA health insurance.
Family Voices Brochure (PDF)
800-862-4840 (Information for families covered by MassHealth Standard/CommonHealth)
- Massachusetts Health Connector
The Health Connector is a resource for health and dental coverage from the state's leading insurers. The site offers tools to determine what plans cost savings people may be eligible for.
- MassHealth Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Program
The PCA Program is a MassHealth program that helps people with permanent or chronic disabilities keep their independence, stay in the community, and manage their own personal care by providing funds to hire personal care attendants (PCAs). The PCA consumer (the person receiving PCA services) is the employer of the PCA, and is fully responsible for recruiting, hiring, scheduling, training, and, if necessary, firing PCA
- Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF)
This program helps families bear the excessive financial burdens associated with the care of children with special health care needs and disabilities. CICRF is a payor of last resort. It provides financial assistance for Massachusetts families with children experiencing a medical condition requiring services that are not covered by a private insurer, federal or state assistance, or any other financial source.
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