We are a statewide nonprofit organization established in 1983 that advocates on behalf persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, such as autism, and on behalf of their families and guardians. 


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The March 2019 COFAR Voice  

Our March 2019 issue of The COFAR Voice newsletter is now online, with stories about:

  • Our priority bills in the new Massachusetts legislative session, including a bill to require the posting of comparative online information by DDS about group home providers,
  • The reunification of a developmentally disabled woman with her father and sister after three years of isolation by DDS,
  • Our call for the adoption of safeguards in a bill that would authorize Supported Decision Making in the state,
  • A new academic paper that details the failure of successive governors of Massachusetts to heed key advice from the late U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro,

and much more.

You can find the new newsletter here and on our newsletters page.  

We’ve updated our Advocacy Guide

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system in Massachusetts, or if you simply want more information about matters relating to the care of your loved ones in the system, we hope our Advocacy Guide can help. In it, you will find both tips and advice on care and services, eligibility issues, Individual Support Plans, guardianship, and other issues.

COFAR constructed this guide as part of our mission of providing advocacy information and advice to families and guardians of those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, wherever they may live.

As of March 2016, we have updated the Guide to reflect changes in DDS regulations, and have added new information on issues ranging from guardianship to getting SSI and Medicaid benefits.

You can access the updated Guide by  clicking here.  We welcome your feedback!            

COFAR is affiliated with The Wrentham Association, and nationally with VOR.