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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Family Services, Human Services

Mission: HMEA''s mission is to fulfill people''s natural needs for independence, respect, productive employment, and civic involvement. We affirm and promote the values dreams and potential of people with Autism and developmental disabilities through education, support and life long experiences.Recognized statewide as a service innovator, the agency is known as a pioneer of supported employment services for individuals with disabilities and a leader in resource and referral service to families with autistic children HMEA manages and supports 36 residential homes and nine employment and day ,habilitation programs throughout the state. HMEA provides services to over 2500 people in 110 communities in central and southeastern Massachusetts some of whom have spent the better part of their lives in state institutions. Recently, HMEA has gone back to its roots by providing transitional services to students graduating from high school.

Target demographics: 3800 children and adults with autism and other disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3800 children and adults

Geographic areas served: 110 Mass and RI communities

Programs: HMEA provides 1. Residential services through shared living, supported living, roommate matching and 24 hour support programs for severely challenged MR/DD adults; 2. Employment/Day services for severely challenged MR/DD, autistic, or behaviorally disordered adults through Day Habilitative Programs, Community based Day supports, supported employment and competitive employment programs; 3. Family Support Services to families with children with autism, children with high intensity medical needs, children with intensive case managemnent needs and children with elderly caregivers; 4. Children's Services including early itervention for children with autism, in-school or in-home supports for children with autism or PDD and trasnsitional services, school to work programs.

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