Community and Independent Living Supports for Children and Adults

  • The Federation for Children with Special Needs empowers families with children from birth to adulthood through assistance, training, and leadership development. They focus on education, early intervention, health care, transitions, and children in foster care and group homes, to support all children, especially those with disabilities, those at risk, and those with economic, cultural, or linguistic barriers.
  • Independent Living Centers are private, nonprofit, consumer-controlled organizations providing services and advocacy by and for people with all types of disabilities to support independent community living. With 11 ILCs throughout the state, the Center for Living and Working (https://www.centerlw.org/) in Worcester is closest to Grafton.
  • Finding Caregivers for People with Disabilities: The PCA Workforce Council works to ensure the quality of long-term, in-home, personal care by recruiting and training the personal care attendant (PCAs) workforce serving MassHealth (MA Medicaid) members, and a helps to connect PCAs and MassHealth members seeking to hire them.  
  • Rewarding Work  helps individuals and families hire caregivers and provides a free resource for those seeking work as caregivers.
  • REquipment is a durable medical equipment (DME) re-use program offering free refurbished wheelchairs, scooters, shower chairs and more to adults, children and elders living in Massachusetts.
  • MassMATCH  is the state's initiative to Maximize Assistive Technology in Consumer’s Hands. It is one of 56 state-level AT Act programs in the US. MassMATCH’s mission is to promote the use of assistive technology and assistive technology services to enhance the independence of people with disabilities, enabling equal participation in all of life's activities.
  • Genesis Club is a work-focused, community-based organization located in Worcester that supports adults living with mental health conditions to access meaningful employment, healthy lifestyles, safe housing, and education and to find genuine belonging, friendships, and purpose.
  • Kiva Center is the MA Recovery Learning Community serving the Central MA Area. Kiva Center offers peer support, training, advocacy, and policy change to assist individuals with their self-healing process related to trauma, emotional distress, and substance use experiences.