About Us

INDEX Staff

 

INDEX helps people with disabilities find the information they need. We collect and keep up-to-date information on programs, providers and services in Massachusetts that have something to offer to people with disabilities. INDEX is a project of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 

Mission

INDEX’s mission is to improve the lives of people with disabilities and those that serve them by providing information and referral; technical assistance; training; online education; and technology services.

INDEX provides, to the public for free, information about programs, providers, and services for people with disabilities living in Massachusetts.

INDEX recognizes that accurate information is a basic prerequisite for making informed decisions. We use our expertise in information technology, our experience in the field of disabilities, and our long history of collaborating with disability-related, non-profit and state agencies to provide people with disabilities and their families the necessary information they need to maximize their independence and productivity in our community.

Funding

INDEX was founded in 1986 with grants from the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council. Since that time, INDEX has been continuously funded by state agencies of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services as the primary comprehensive resource for information on disabilities in Massachusetts. See a list of our current- and former funders.

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Massachusetts Network of Information Providers

 

INDEX coordinates a state-wide information system known as the Massachusetts Network of Information Providers for People with Disabilities. The MNIP provides a connection to a local source of information and referral to people with disabilities; their friends and families; and professionals working with them. The MNIP also supports the collaboration of its members in solving information and referral problems.

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network

INDEX, as part of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, is one of four organizations that form the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network. The network promote self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The network partners accomplish this mission through advocacy, education, research and dissemination of information.

Technical Assistance for Nonprofits

INDEX Technical Services builds and hosts web-based applications and online-learning solutions, all accessible to people with disabilities, for nonprofits and government agencies in Massachusetts and throughout the United States. Read more about these services on the INDEX Technical Services website.

Staff

Our staff are dedicated to providing disability-specific information to everyone. We have extensive backgrounds in human services and/or information technology. Contact us for help.


Meet Our Great Team


John Rochford

Program Director

John Rochford

Derek Chaves

Director of Technology

Derek Chaves

Angelica Aguirre

Project Associate

Angie Aguirre

Mabelys Rodriguez

System Administrator

Mabelys Rodriguez

Viet Do

Web & Database Developer

Viet Do

Bradley Botkin

Technical Project Manager

Bradley Botkin

Martha Ventura

Information Disseminator

Martha Ventura

Ranjana_Verma

LMS Administrator

Ranjana Verma

Ben Amankwata

DevOps Engineer

Ben Amankwata

Audrey Huntley

Information Acquisition Coordinator

Audrey Huntley

Terri Farrell

Project Director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center

Terri Farrell

Amy Weinstock

Director of the Autism Insurance Resource Center

Amy Weinstock

Melissa Maslin

Research Associate

Melissa Maslin, MEd

Betty Suydam

Information Coordinator

Elizabeth Suydam

Lena Riccardi

Project Coordinator UMass CANS Training Program

Lena Riccardi