DDS/DESE Direct Support Services The Arc of Opportunity

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Contact Information

The Arc of Opportunity
Contact: Vanessa Adams, Director of Specialized Supports
Email Address:
Phone: 978-343-6662

564 Main Street Fitchburg, MA 01420
Area Served: Central

Map Location DDS/DESE Direct Support Services


The DESE/DDS program at The Arc is available to families who have been selected by the Department of Developmental Services and have received funding from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The DESE/DDS program provides additional supports for children with disabilities up to the age of 22. The program is designed to support families with the proper resources so that their child is able to remain in their family home and community. Families participating in the DESE/DDS program at The Arc have direct access to the DESE/DDS Director who will assist families with creating a DESE/DDS Support Plan (DDSP) for their child. The Director’s role is to work in collaboration with the family and the Department of Developmental Services to provide the most beneficial supports for the child. This collaboration is to ensure that there is a continuation of supports provided whether the child is at home, in school, or out in the community.

Service Types

  • Case Management
  • Family Support

Program Type

  • Independent Living

Populations Served

  • Developmental Disability
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Ages Served

  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service
  • Licensed By: DDS