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Disability Rights and Services

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This section provides resources regarding the rights and services for those individuals with a range of physical and/or mental disabilities. With respect to mental disabilities, this section provides resources for individuals with cognitive impairment, developmental disabilities, autism, head injury, mental health diagnoses, and behavioral/emotional/social difficulties.

This section has information regarding the rights of individuals with disabilities, such as the right to be free from discrimination and abuse. It also has information regarding accessing supports and services for such individuals from public and private entities, such as accessing services from the Department of Mental Health or the Department of Developmental Disabilities (formerly the Department of Mental Retardation).

This section covers adults and minors. It addresses issues facing individuals living in the community and those living in educational placements, treatment facilities, and other institutional settings.

The editors of this section are Deborah Filler (dfiller@gbls.org) and Jennifer Honig (jhonig@mhlac.org).

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Questions and Answers About Guardianships of Adults/ Incapacitated Persons

05/12/2021 - VLP
Brochure:  Questions and Answers About Guardianship of an Adult in Massachusetts English brochure Spanish brochure

Federal Poverty Guidelines - 2021

01/19/2021 - MLRI
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Guidelines for Attorneys in Massachusetts: Representing Sexual Assault Survivors with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

01/03/2020 - Victim Rights Law Center
These Guidelines are a framework for attorneys representing victims with I/DD. The Guidelines aim to address the needs of survivors with I/... Read more

2019 Family Support Program Manual and Guidelines

03/25/2019 - DDS
This manual provides comprehensive information about the array of different family support services, includes helpful resources, and... Read more