Finding Community

Diversity: Living in the Boston Area

Resources for Faculty with Disabilities and Their Families

MIT is committed to providing effective accommodations for all members of the MIT community and visitors with a disability. Confidential consultations are available with the Human Resources manager of disability services, with the MIT Work-Life Center, MIT Medical and the MIT Adaptive Technology Information Center.

Here are links to services MIT provides as well as other useful links to Massachusetts resources that might help you or family members navigate life with a disability.

MIT Services

Human Resources Disability Services

Consultation with manager about disability services, including obtaining accommodations for those with physical and emotional disability issues (Sharon Clarke: 617-258-0617 or
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MIT Work-Life Center

Consultation on education and community services for children and adult family members with special needs.
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MIT Libraries: Services for People with Disabilities

Information retrieval services, research assistance, adaptive equipment.
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MIT Adaptive Technology Information Center (ATIC)

Information technology resources and services for MIT community members and visitors with disabilities.
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Telephone Services for People with Hearing or Speech Disabilities

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MIT Medical's Mental Health Service

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Massachusetts Resources

Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and DeafBlind Resources

Provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
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Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Programs and services.
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Federation for Children With Special Needs

Boston-based: services, information and links for parents.
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Information and resources on mental illness.
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Disability services and information, sponsored by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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The DRM Regional Resources Directory: Massachusetts

Sponsored by; guide to disability resources on the Internet.
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Disability-specific information for people with disabilities residing in Massachusetts.
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Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities

Very responsive to concerns of Cambridge residents and visitors with disabilities; also provides information, referral, coordination and technical assistance to public and private entities interested in providing access to people with disabilities.
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Institute for Community Inclusion

Offers training and clinical and employment services; does research, consultation and community outreach to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities at school, work, home and in the community.
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Recreational, Cultural and Transportation Resources

Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation's Universal Access Program

Outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts state parks for visitors of all abilities.
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Massachusetts Office of Travel: Traveling With Disabilities

Search for accommodations, activities and events that are accessible; also has links to camps and outdoor/indoor activities for children with physical and cognitive disabilities.
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Coolidge Corner Theatre: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Series

A monthly film group at a theatre in Brookline.
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Piers Park Sailing Center

Has an adaptive sailing program; located in East Boston.
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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority: Accessible Services

Accessible services, stations and buses.
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Accessible Cambridge Taxicabs

Call 1-888-872-6721 for a wheelchair-accessible taxi, 24/7.
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