Q: What is the Department of Developmental Services?
A: The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), known as the Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) prior to June 30, 2009, is the state agency responsible for assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. It 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." The Department has a central office in Boston as well as regional and area offices. You can find out more about DDS here.
Q: How do I find out if NWW provides the particular service I am seeking?
A: Contact Keavy Smith, Program Director, at (617) 964-6860, extension 21, or by email at ksmith(at)nwwcommittee.org
Q: How do I make a tax-deductible donation to NWW?
A: As NWW is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, your donation will be tax-deductible. You may donate on line. You may also print the donation form (Adobe Acrobat) and mail the completed form with your donation to the NWW Committee, 1301 Centre Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459. For questions about donations, contact Rachel Tetrault at 617-964-6860, extension 14, or by email at rtetrault(at)nwwcommittee.org.
Q: How do I apply for a job at NWW?
A: Please refer at our Employment Page for current job openings at NWW.
Q: How do I apply for an internship at NWW?
A: Please refer at our Volunteer and Internship Page for more information on internship opportunities at NWW.
Q: How do I become a volunteer at NWW?
A: Please refer to our Volunteer and Internship Page for more information on volunteer opportunities at NWW.
Q: Do I need to register in order to participate in NWW's Wednesday Night Drop-In?
A: No, however we do require that all participants submit an emergency contact form before attending. Please fill out the online emergency contact form or download the printable emergency contact form. This can be faxed to (617) 630-9132, emailed to Keavy Smith, Drop-In Director at ksmith(at)nwwcommittee.org or brought in person to Drop-In.
Q: How can I find out the current Wednesday Night Drop-In schedule?
A: Please refer to our Wednesday Night Drop-In page for the current schedule.
Q: What is the Arc?
A: The Arc is the largest national non-profit advocacy organization in the United States that works on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It has over 14,000 members who are affiliated through local and state chapters. You can find out more about the Arc at www.thearc.org.
Q: What is AAIDD?
A: The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is the largest professional organization working on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Until 2006 it was called the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR). You can find out more about AAIDD at www.aaidd.org.
Q: How can I learn more about intellectual and developmental disabilities?
A: Visit our resources page for more information.