The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.
An individual must have a diagnosed intellectual disability, autism, or closely related developmental condition.
A developmental delay means a substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition with a high probability of resulting in a developmental disability if services are not provided.
An individual must demonstrate severe functional impairments as defined by law.
Referrals for youth should be made no earlier than two years prior to his/her graduation or completion of school services. Referrals made through the school district are part of the 688 Referral process. Application to DDS is additional to a 688 referral.
This is typically done in the fall of junior year for those students scheduled to graduate on time. Others should be made two years before they turn 22.
Referrals are generally made by school personnel but may be made by a family member, the student himself/herself or another professional who is familiar with the student.
Once referred, students will complete the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) Assessment to determine what specific supports would match the student's needs.
DDS Worcester Office
24 Southbridge St.
Worcester, MA 01608
Transition Services Coordinator
(508) 792-6200 x104
(508) 792-6200 x117
Children's Service Coordinator
(508) 792-6200 x126