Family Support


  • The United Arc provides a flexible array of services for families that care for or include a family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities .
  • Funded through The Department of Developmental Disabilities with additional funding from Bete Foundation.
  • Support Services Centers provide an array of support and are available to families caring for a family member who meets eligibility criteria with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
  • Services are offered by staff working out of Family Support Centers in Greenfield and Athol, MA. Primary supports offered are service navigation, support in how to obtain services, information and referral, family trainings and support groups, community connections, social / recreational opportunities, educational and service advocacy.
  • Families prioritized by DDS may also be able to access short-term financial assistance to pay for goods and services that benefit the individual with a disability.
  • Additional supports include AWC/DESE and Intensive Flexible Family Support Services (IFFS).