Supporting Families

Supporting Families

supporting families

Across Massachusetts, more than 18,000 families are caring for a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability in the home. More than 9,000 of these family members are adults. Families are struggling to meet the needs of their loved ones, with tremendous investments of their family resources.

Caregiver support means 24/7 oversight of one’s child or adult family member.  If there are significant intellectual and physical impairments or serious behavioral needs, that care may mean overnight support.

Helping families to be strong and resilient pays off for our community and businesses with long-term cost savings. Providing effective Family Support services can be 75% – 80% less expensive than out of home placement. Families in Massachusetts represent 60% of the individuals served by DDS yet family support funding is only 3.5% of the DDS budget.

“Supporting Families” is a collaboration of The Arc of Massachusetts, Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change, Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts, and Massachusetts Developmental Disability Council. To get involved by sharing your family story click here.

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“Supporting Families” is a collaboration of The Arc of Massachusetts, Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change, Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts, Autism Speaks, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress,Special Olympics, and Massachusetts Developmental Disability Council. 

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