Developmental Resources

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) - Voice (617) 770-7676. Providing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity, and inclusion.

Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - South Coastal Area Office, Voice (781) 337-2165, TTY (781) 337-0701. Formerly the Department of Mental Retardation (DMR). Specialized services and supports for adults with intellectual disabilities and children with developmental disabilities.

Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress - Provides information and resources to parents, professionals, self-advocates and all people who wish to gain a further understanding of Down syndrome. Parents First Call program is a volunteer, state-wide group of trained parent mentors available 24/7 to listen, share, answer questions, and provide valuable information. For immediate information and/or to speak to someone through the Parents First Call Program, please call 800-664-MDSC (6372) or e-mail our Family Support Director.

South Shore Association for Retarded Citizens - The Arc of the South Shore is guided by a mission to provide the highest quality services and advocacy for children and adults with cognitive, physical, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Contact the ARC at 781-335-3023.

Friendship Home - Contact Friendship Home at 781-659-8202. Friendship Home enriches the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing quality respite and support services in a safe and cariin environment.

South Shore Support Services - Contact South Shore Support Services at 781-331-7878. South Shore Support Services, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing supports to people with developmental disabilities. We serve people from all segments of the community and do so in a manner that respects cultural diversity.        

Cardinal Cushing School and Training Centers - Contact Cardinal Cushing Centers' Hanover campus at 781-826-6371, Contact Cardinal Cushing Centers' Braintree campus at 781-848-6250. Cardinal Cushing Centers provides individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders of varied ages, opportunities to discover the benefits of a supportive and vibrant community. We are proud of our nationally recognized opportunities for learning, working, living and playing together. Caring and engaging, at every stage of life - from school age, through adulthood and the elder years.