Advocacy & Support

For information on medical interpretation rights and laws, please contact Timothy J. Moriarty, Manager, Baystate Health Interpretor & Translation Services at 413.794.2502.

Other resources for medical interpretation:

The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, and their professional partners and communities.

Family TIES of Massachusetts is a statewide information and parent-to-parent support project for families of children with special needs and chronic illness. Central directory for Early Intervention information and referrals.

Parent-to-Parent Program is a program to bring together parents facing similar challenges in raising their children with special needs. Receive a phone call from a trained parent individually matched to you and your child’s situation.

Mass Family Voices is a parent-run network of families, friends, and professional partners brought together by the common concern for children and youth with special health care needs. Information centers, online listserv, topical conference calls, workshops and conferences, technical assistance related to MassHealth, health care financing and services, improving access to care, and more.

Mass Family Voices Listserv is an active online forum of family members and friends speaking out and sharing information to support children with special health care needs. Post questions and review daily message and responses from others with common experiences.

The Consortium (Western Massachusetts Training Consortium) provides education, support, and advocacy for people living with disabilities.

The Support Network for Families of Western Massachusetts (Holyoke) provides support, information, and advocacy for and by parents of children with mental health special needs. Join support groups. get funding to attend workshops and conferences, participate in legislative advocacy and DMH advisory boards.

PAL- the Parent/Professional Advocacy League is the Massachusetts branch of The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and is a network of parents and professionals promoting a strong voice for families of children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs. PAL advocates for supports, treatments and policies that enable families to live in their communities in an environment of stability and respect.

Community Resources for People with Autism assists families, individuals, schools, and agencies in Western MA with information and support for children with autism. English/Spanish-speaking advocates.

Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC) provides advocacy and leadership training for those in pursuit of high quality individualized community support for people with disabilities and their families.

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council provides information, training, referrals, and advocacy to provide opportunities for people with disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity and inclusion.

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