These are two main state agencies that you should know about as your child approaches adulthood.
If your child qualifies, they can get support throughout their lifespan.
DDS - The Department of Developmental Services
For people with developmental or intellectual disabilities who need help to live independently or in a supported environment like a group home
Provides a range of services to help with life skills, in-home care, employment, housing, social connections and interacting with the community
If your child is blind, the Mass Commission for the Blind (MCB) will serve this purpose instead of DDS.
MRC - The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Helps people to live and work in the community
Includes job training and coaching, and other employment support
Works with young adults transitioning from school: starts at age 16
You'll connect with these agencies during the transition process. We'll tell you more later in the Guide. We'll also tell you how to find other support agencies.
Sources: DDS, MRC