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Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art Posted on Jul 18

Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art

Mary DeCesar recently stopped by the DDS central office to donate one of her drawings for our reception area. Mary works at Gateway Arts, a DDS contracted program. While Mary has become an accomplished artist, her life story is just as compelling. Born with an   …Continue Reading Department of Developmental Services: Finding Meaning Through Art

Memorial Service honors Belchertown State School Residents Posted on Jun 10

Memorial Service honors Belchertown State School Residents

Each year, family members, former residents of the Belchertown State School, staff and friends gather at the Warner Pine Grove Memorial Cemetery to honor those who had once resided at the facility, and have passed. The Warner Pine Grove Cemetery is the final resting place   …Continue Reading Memorial Service honors Belchertown State School Residents

Autism Awareness Month Posted on Apr 22

Autism Awareness Month

During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to supporting and improving the lives of individuals living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Under the Patrick Administration, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Autism Program has distinguished itself from many other national programs as the nation’s only   …Continue Reading Autism Awareness Month

Department of Developmental Services Comprehensive Energy Project Posted on Oct 3

Department of Developmental Services Comprehensive Energy Project

On Wednesday October 2nd, at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) hosted a ribbon cutting of the completed Hogan/Wrentham Comprehensive Energy Project at the Hogan Regional Center in Hathorne (Danvers). DDS Commissioner Elin Howe joined representatives of state agencies, the U.S. Department of Energy, utility representatives,   …Continue Reading Department of Developmental Services Comprehensive Energy Project

The Urban Youth Collaborative Program Celebrates 22nd Year Posted on Aug 9

The Urban Youth Collaborative Program Celebrates 22nd Year

In 1992, the Department of Developmental Services (formerly known as the Department of Mental Retardation) began an experimental 8 week summer program called the Urban Youth Collaborative Program. The UYCP is based on four principles: Expand the social and recreational activities for people with intellectual   …Continue Reading The Urban Youth Collaborative Program Celebrates 22nd Year