Families & Individuals Resources

Campaign for Disability Employment

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is a collaborative effort among several disability and business organizations that works to change attitudes about disability and employment. Here is a collection of helpful resources for jobseekers and employees.

Cape Cod Advocate

Cape Cod Advocate is an advocacy firm whose goal is to guide families through the education process for students of all ages with learning challenges and disabilities. Some of their services include reviewing files and records, interpreting evaluations, providing support during IEP and 504 meetings, developing IEPs and 504 plans, and assisting with transitions out of secondary school. They have many years of experience working with the Martha’s Vineyard school system.

CAST

Located outside of Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that created the Universal Design for Learning framework, now globally used to make learning more inclusive. They offer professional learning and workforce development opportunities as well as accessible materials and information around Universal Design for Learning.

Community Autism Resources

Community Autism Resources is a community services organization created to assist and educate families and professionals so that they can better meet the needs of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). They offer a range of resources, activities, trainings, and supports for individuals with ASD, families, and support professionals.

Daybreak Club House

The Daybreak Clubhouse offers people living with mental illness opportunities for employment, health and wellness, education and social and community engagement. Daybreak members are comprised of adults eighteen years or older with mental illness. The Clubhouse welcomes people interested in joining to call or arrange a visit. Clubhouse membership is voluntary, although a referral is required to be made by the member’s doctor.

Disability Emergency Preparedness

The Massachusetts Office on Disability offers emergency response resources and procedures.

Disability Law Center

The Disability Law Center (DLC) is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. DLC offers information, referral, technical assistance and representation regarding legal rights and services for people with disabilities as well as conduct trainings for community groups and other advocacy organizations.

Disability Services

Disability Services of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services provides supports to families and individuals with disabilities, across the lifespan. Disability Services programs include Daybreak Clubhouse, Island Employment Services, Family Support Center and the School to Employment Program (STEP).

DREAM: Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring

DREAM advocates for student rights, increased accessibility, social and policy change. They also provide support and mentorship to local campus disability groups and individual students. DREAM offers opportunities to connect with people and resources around disability on college campuses.

Dukes County Disability Affairs

Disability Services of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) provides supports to families and individuals with disabilities, across the lifespan. Disability Services programs include Daybreak Clubhouse, Island Employment Services, Family Support Center and the School to Employment Program (STEP).

Employment Rights

The Massachusetts Office on Disability explains the legal rights of individuals with disabilities within the workplace.

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