Resource Links

Local Transportation

  • Brockton Area Transit Authority provides fixed route service connecting neighboring communities and the Central Business District in Boston, as well as major industrial parks, three colleges, medical facilities, shopping centers and area commuter rails. BAT’s paratransit service known as Dial-A-Bat provides transportation to disabled and elderly persons throughout BAT’s service area as well as to medical facilities in Boston.
  • Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority provides comprehensive quality public transportation services to meet the mobility needs of people throughout 26 member communities. In addition to mass transit, GATRA provides the Dial-A-Ride curb to curb services for senior and disabled residents within their 26 member communities for a nominal fee.
  • Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority offers accessible rail and bus mass transit to many of IA’s towns. THE RIDE, the T’s Paratransit program, provides door-to door transportation to eligible people who cannot use general public transportation because of a physical, cognitive or mental disability. The Ride is available in a couple of IA towns.

Independent Living Links

Advocacy Groups

  • ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.
  • American Association of People with Disabilities is the country’s largest cross-disability membership organization, organizes the disability community to be a powerful voice for change – politically, economically, and socially.
  • DRDF – Disability Research and Design Foundationbelieves that the society needs to be conductive in order to be inclusive and universal. It is the environment that renders people disabled and not the medical impairments. They are a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Rights is a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses through changes in policy and law.
  • Mental Health Rights M-Power – Nothing About Us Without Us – is a Massachusetts member run organization of mental health consumers and current and former psychiatric patients. They advocate for political and social change within the mental health system, the community, city, and statewide.
  • Disability Law Center, Inc. is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts. DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities.
  • Disability Policy Consortium of Massachusetts is an organization of disability rights activists who share a common goal of equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities.

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