PLAN of MARI Helpful Resources

Helpful Resources

We hope this page is a repository of helpful links as you search for local and national special needs and disability resources.
We appreciate our partner organizations who are also doing great work to ensure disabled individuals and the families of individuals with special needs lead the best possible, highest-quality of life.

 

National Resources

 

Legal

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
https://www.naela.org/

Advocacy

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
http://www.agbell.org

American Council of the Blind
http://www.acb.org

Disabled American Veterans
https://www.dav.org

Easter Seals
http://www.easterseals.com

The Epilepsy Foundation
http://www.epilepsy.com

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
https://www.nami.org

National Down Syndrome Society
http://www.ndss.org

National PLAN Alliance
http://nationalplanalliance.org/

United Cerebral Palsy
http://www.ucp.org

 
Government

Social Security Administration
https://www.ssa.gov

Medicare
https://www.medicare.gov

MassHealth
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/masshealth

 

Massachusetts Resources

 

Legal

Disability Law Center, Inc.
http://www.dlc-ma.org

Massachusetts Advocates for Children
http://massadvocates.org

Massachusetts Bar Association – Lawyer Referral Service –
https://www.masslawhelp.com/

Massachusetts Guardianship Association
http://www.massguardianshipassociation.org

Mass Legal Help
http://www.masslegalhelp.org/disability

MassNAELA
https://massnaela.com

Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
https://www.vlpnet.org

 
Advocacy

Asperger/Autism Network (AANE)
https://www.aane.org/

Best Buddies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
https://www.bestbuddies.org/mari/

Carroll Center for the Blind
https://carroll.org/

Cardinal Cushing Centers
https://cushingcenters.org/

Northeast Arc
https://ne-arc.org

Special Olympics Massachusetts
https://www.specialolympicsma.org/

The ARC of Massachusetts
http://thearcofmass.org

Centers for Independent Living
https://www.mass.gov/independent-living-centers

Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change
http://mfofc.org

Smile Mass
https://smilemass.org/

 

Government 

Executive Office of Elder Affairs
http://www.mass.gov/elders/healthcare

Executive Office of Health & Human Services
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/masshealth

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
https://www.mass.gov/contact-the-attorney-generals-office 

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
http://www.mass.gov/mcad

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-commission-for-the-blind

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-commission-for-the-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/housing-and-community-development

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
http://www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/oversight-agencies/mddc

Massachusetts Downsyndrome Congress
https://mdsc.org/

Massachusetts Office on Disability
http://www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/oversight-agencies/mod

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-rehabilitation-commission-0

Massachusetts – Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Waiting List
http://www.section8listmass.org

 

Rhode Island Resources

 

Legal

Help RI Law: Rhode Island Legal Services
https://www.helprilaw.org/

Rhode Island Legal Services
http://www.rils.org/contact.cfm

RI Elder Info
https://rielderinfo.com/legal-help-for-seniors-in-ri/ 

 
Advocacy

Advocates in Action Rhode Island
http://www.advocatesinaction.org/

The Autism Project
https://theautismproject.org

The ARC of Rhode Island
https://thearc.org/chapter/the-arc-rhode-island-family-advocacy-network/

The Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island, Inc.
https://biari.org/

Community Provider Network of Rhode Island (CPNRI)
https://www.cpnri.org/

Down Syndrome of Rhode Island
http://www.dssri.org/

Disability Rights Rhode Island
https://drri.org/contact-us/

In-Sight
https://in-sight.org

Leading Age RI
https://www.leadingageri.org

New England ADA Center
http://www.newenglandada.org
Hotline: 1 (800) 949-4232 (V/TTY)

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
https://w3.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/index.html

Ocean State for Independent Living
http://oscil.org/

Rhode Island Advocacy for Children
https://riadvocacyforchildren.org/

Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families
https://www.riccf.org/

Rhode Island Parent Information Network
http://www.ripin.org/

Rhode Island Rights and Access Coalition
https://ridrac.org/

United Way of Rhode Island
https://www.uwri.org/2-1-1/

 
Government 

Rhode Island Attorney General
http://www.riag.ri.gov/

Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council
http://www.riddc.org/

Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)
https://eohhs.ri.gov

The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH)
https://bhddh.ri.gov

Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging
https://oha.ri.gov

Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS)
https://dhs.ri.gov

Office at Rehabilitation Services (ORS)
https://ors.ri.gov

Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (RICDHH)
http://www.cdhh.ri.gov

Rhode Island Housing Assistance Information (HUD RI)
https://www.hud.gov/states/rhode_island/renting

Rhode Island Office of Veterans Services
https://vets.ri.gov

 

Resources for Seniors

 

Information on Aging In Place, Living Your Best Possible Life With Disability, Caregiving, and More
https://liftandcaresystems.com/resources

Guide to Home Modifications to Prevent Falls
https://www.bigrentz.com/how-to-guides/guide-home-modifications-prevent-seniors-falling

Handling Debt for Older Adults
https://www.annuityfreedom.net/financial-literacy/seniors-debt/

Fall Prevention
https://acl.gov/FallsPrevention

How to Safely Pick up a Senior After a Fall
https://www.agingcare.com/articles/pick-up-a-senior-after-a-fall-170447.htm

Legal Guide for Seniors
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-resources-considerations-seniors-special-needs

COVID Resources for Seniors
https://www.ncoa.org/ncoa_acf/covid-19-resources-for-older-adults/

Bathroom Modifications for Seniors and People with Disabilities 
https://www.saniflodepot.com/pages/bathroom-modifications-for-seniors-and-people-with-disabilities