Community Resources

Resources and Services, Blind and Low Vision

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
Western Mass: 800-332-2772

Provides homemaker services to legally blind persons under the age of 60 who have a serious medical problem in addition to their blindness that is preventing them from performing necessary homemaking tasks.

Resources and Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Springfield State Office Building
436 Dwight Street, Suite 204
Springfield , MA 01103

Contact: Pam Korzec
TTY/Voice: 413-788-6427

Stavros Center for Independent Living, Inc.
262 Cottage Street
Springfield, MA 01104-4002

TTY/Voice: 413-781-5555
Fax: 413-733-5473
Contact: lnettles@stavros.org

Services include:

  • peer mentoring for deaf and hard of hearing people
  • self-advocacy training
  • training on a wide range of independent living skills topics such as the use of assistive technology, communication skills, how to manage money for daily needs, how to find a job, how to find support groups, etc.
  • topical workshops for consumer education
  • access support and recreational groups and activities
  • loan of assistive communication equipment: TTYs, caption decoders, and one-to-one listening devices
  • information and referrals

Diocese of Springfield, Ministry with the Deaf
21 Maple Street
Chicopee, MA. 01020-2626
TTY/Voice: 413-592-4071
Fax: 413-592-8702

Disability Transportation

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA)

Paratransit Service: The PVTA provides ADA paratransit service for people with disabilities. This service provides a shared-ride, door-to-door van transportation for individuals with disabilities that prevent them from riding the fixed route bus service. PVTA provides paratransit service throughout the Pioneer Valley within 3/4 mile of a fixed route. The paratransit service runs on all days that the fixed-route bus service operates.

PVTA is dedicated to providing accessible public transportation to passengers in the Pioneer Valley. For more details, please contact the ADA Coordinator or read the following:

For information on becoming eligible for the ADA van service, please contact our ADA coordinator at:

Phone: 877-779-7882 extension 214
1341 Main Street, Suite 310
Springfield, MA 01103

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-727-5550
Fax: 617-626-7685

MCB issues photo card to eligible persons with vision impairments, which allows free travel on fixed route buses, trains and subway.

Academic Couching and Tutoring

Learning Solutions for Learning Success
243 King Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: 413-584-0265

The Learning Edge, Academic Assessment and Coaching for Collegiate Success
Dr. John Body
413-584-4781

Academic Coaching and Writing (ACW), for graduate students
Web-based service

Veterans

GI Bill Information
United States Department of Veteran Affairs
Phone: 888-442-4551

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Phone: 800-950-6264

Other Helpful Agencies

Office of Disability Employment Policy

Presidential Task Force on Employment of People with Disabilities

If you need referrals to services not listed here, contact AccessAbility Services and we can aid you in locating information.