Official Title: Disability Services
The vast majority of state-funded services for children with disabilities are funded by the special education program of a child's local school district. There are also other specific programs, such as early intervention programs for the youngest children or health insurance for children with disabilities. (See the Children's Budget common thread on Children with Disabilities). There are, however, a few additional state-supported programs for children with disabilities within the human services agencies. In particular, state programs are essential for supporting the transition from special education to adult services.
There are limited services for young children with disabilities funded through the Department of Developmental Disabilities. These services are primarily available to children with intellectual disabilities and with autism spectrum disorders.
For young adults graduating from special education, there are transition services provided through the Department of Developmental Services, the Mass. Rehabilitation Commission, and the Mass. Commission for the Blind.
Disability Services includes the following programs:
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- Early Ed & Care
- Early Ed Access
- Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative
- Early Education and Care Provider Rate Increase
- Income Eligible Child Care (Child Care Access)
- Income Eligible Wait List
- Supportive and TANF Childcare
- TANF Related Child Care
- Tax Break for Child and Dependent Care Costs
- Tax Break for Daycare Expenses
- Tax Break for Dependent Under 12
- Early Ed Administration
- Quality & Targeted Programs
- Early Ed Access
- Human Services
- Child Welfare
- Disability Services
- Food Assistance
- Juvenile Justice
- Public Benefits
- Common Threads