Massachusetts Act Early Campaign – Free “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Materials for Parents, Educators & Health Care Providers. Important information about healthy developmental milestones in young children, and are free and downloadable for families, early childhood educators and health care providers. These materials were developed by the CDC for the national “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” public awareness program, of which the Massachusetts Act Early initiative is the local state chapter. Where noted, the materials are customized for use in Massachusetts.
Family TIES of Massachusetts, the statewide, parent-run, information, resource, referral, and parent-to-parent network for families of children with disabilities, special health care needs, or chronic illnesses and is a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs.
Federation for Children with Special Needs, a non-profit, parent-run center that is home to many projects. Staff helps families, professionals, and others navigate systems of services and supports for children and youth with special needs.
PPAL the Parent Professional Advocacy League, is the Massachusetts chapter of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Provides provides leadership, advocacy, outreach, hope and support to families raising children with mental health needs.
Arc Massachusetts – An organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with specific developmental disabilities.
Community Gateway – An organization that provides families, individuals and professionals in the Central Massachusetts community with a gateway to quality local and worldwide disability resources and events.
Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change – A statewide, grassroots coalition of individuals with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and their families.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – A federal agency within the United States Department of Medicare and Medicaid programs and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a program that is expected to cover many of the uninsured children in the United States.
Family Voices Kids as Self Advocates (KASA) – An organization created by youth with disabilities to educate society about issues concerning youth with a wide spectrum of disabilities and special health care needs.
Family Voices – Consists of families from throughout the United States who have children with special health needs, as well as caregivers, professionals and friends whose lives have been touched by these children and their families.
Bright Futures – A national initiative to promote and improve the health and well being of infants, children and adolescents.
New England Regional Genetics (NERGG), Inc – A non-profit organization that serves as a consortium throughout New England for genetic service providers, representatives of the public health community, and individuals whose lives are affected by genetics disorders or have an expressed interest in genetics.
Mass Office on Disability – Provides free information, referral and advocacy services for people of any age with disabilities.
Adoptive Families Together – A parent-to-parent network providing support, education and information.