Education & Advocacy

Navigating the System

JSDD support and community educational programming is designed to help families navigate the system and become the strongest possible advocates for their family member(s).

Towards that goal, JSDD works collaboratively with the MetroWest ABLE a coalition of partner agencies to provide workshops that give families the tools they need. In the past, topics have included transition to adulthood, estate planning, assisted employment, guardianship, sibling support and working with the state’s Division of Developmental Disabilities to obtain services.

In addition, JSDD actively participates in a grassroots advocacy network both locally and statewide through professional and volunteer associations. This growing coalition monitors legislative initiatives and coordinates activities to keep the needs of individuals and families coping with developmental disabilities on the community agenda.

Make a difference in the lives of men and women with developmental disabilities by supporting JSDD through your tax-deductible donation.

Our JSDD Legacy Society is a group of individuals who are committed to ensuring that people with developmental disabilities continue to be supported in a dignified and inclusive way.

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Without the help of these institutions and organizations, JSDD could not provide the support and services over the last three decades.

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There are many ways to support JSDD.

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Who we are

At JSDD, the expectations for quality extend beyond what services and supports may be available to what life fulfilling experiences are possible. Our philosophy supports the notion that there are no limits to those possibilities. We have developed opportunities over time through a dynamic process of establishing relationships with the agency’s residents and WAE Center members. Unexplored interests, ideas, prospects for learning, continuing education and creativity are constantly evolving and emerge as our remarkable staff and the people we support get to know each other and share experiences.

What we do

Ability is the focus of all efforts in supporting the men and women we serve. We are delighted and inspired each and every day by the insights, revelations and creative energy that emerges when respectful relationships for the gifts and talent of every individual are considered. Learning and creativity occur organically as people share themselves and develop friendships and help each other to grow.