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Welcome to the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Learning and Development Website

Valarie Whiting, PhD 

Valarie Whiting, PhD 

DDSLearning is a free learning resource. DDS supports individuals who have developmental disabilities such as ASD, ABI, PWS, SMS, ID or DD and others. Our goal is to build a central, accessible, and useful tool that can assist people to locate and participate in learning opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.  DDS MA Regulations

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The “Focus"  website is a resource of the MCB/DDS Partnership Project for Orientation & Mobility/Low Vision Services, a cooperative effort between the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services
Read more about MCB/DDS Services and Resources.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has prepared this language access video to outline the Department's commitment to providing universal access for all individuals, seeking to participate in services, programs and activities. 

SNOW CANCELLATION POLICY READ CAREFULLY

If a state of emergency with office closures is not in effect for the area,  please check the regional training calendar for the Region where the event is held for information about event/training cancellations. If state of emergency is in effect, training is cancelled.

New Employee Orientation (NEO)

BOTH CHECKLISTS BELOW MUST BE COMPLETED FOR MANDATORY TRAINING REQUIREMENTS. ADDITIONALLY SERVICE COORDINATORS MUST COMPLETE THE 5-DAY SCI ORIENTATION.

           Click on the PACE logo

           Click on the PACE logo



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The information on this site remains the property of The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) or the person who created it.  You may use this information without further permission so long as all materials reproduced or otherwise used acknowledge the author(s).  No materials may be sold for more than the cost of reproduction without the explicit consent of The Department.  Where effective use of the materials requires training, do not use or support their use without the required training being provided. (For example, providing facilitator training without having successfully completed the course for facilitator trainers.)  Training information can be obtained from any Regional Learning and Development Director.  If materials provided are adapted, expanded, or translated, a copy of the resulting materials should be reviewed by a trainer prior to use and must be provided electronically to The Department via Valarie.Oresto@state.ma.us and may be shared at their discretion.