Resources for the Disabled Community


  • Town of Marblehead ADA Grievance Procedure (.pdf)
  • Marblehead Council on Aging
  • Anchor to Windward, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing the full potential of adults with developmental disabilities that stem from early childhood and result in cognitive delays within the I.Q. range of 75 to 95. Anchor to Windward provides social and recreational programming, in-home support services, and daily living skills training.
  • Marblehead Special Education Parent Advisory Council is a resource for families and friends of special education students to network, exchange ideas, and work collaboratively with teachers and administration.


Employment & Equal Rights



  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires telecommunications carriers to provide telecommunication relay services for people with hearing or speech impairments 24 hours a day. In addition, the ADA requires that State and local governments businesses and nonprofit organizations that serve the public communicate effectively with people who have communication disabilities in a manner to insure that such communication is equally effective as communication with people without disabilities. The ADA imposes a number of other requirements relating to effective communication. See


  • The Ride - MBTA's door-to-door shared ride para-transport service.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Taxis -
  • Massachusetts Automobile Tax Exemption.M.G.L. c. 64H, §6(U). Exempts certain disabled persons from the sales and use tax on motor vehicles purchased for personal use.
  • Massachusetts Gas Station Law.M.G.L. c. 94, §295CC.Every gas station owner offering motor fuel for sale from both full-service and self-service pumps shall dispense fuel from the self-service pump for any owner-operator of a motor vehicle bearing handicapped person or disabled veteran number plates. The gas station must display signs in a prominent location stating its compliance with the provisions of this law. The Americans with Disabilities Act also directs gas stations assist people with disabilities.
  • Massachusetts Disabled Parking Plate/Placard Law. Public and private parking areas that are used by the public are required to reserve designated parking spaces for vehicles that have a disabled parking plate or placard or a disabled veterans plate, including spaces for wheelchair vans with adjacent cross-hatched spaces which allow access to the van for a wheelchair via a ramp. It is a violation to park in these designated spaces without the plate/placard and to park in the cross-hatched area. Qualified disabled persons may apply to the RMV to obtain a disabled placard or license plate. See Disabled plates/placards entitle holders to park in designated spaces, make use of the gas station law, and park at parking meters for an unlimited amount of time free of charge.

Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation

  • Challenge Unlimited - Employing horses in a working farm environment, Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm provides beneficial therapy for people with a wide range of physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities.
  • Lafayette Nursing Home - long term nursing care and short-term in-patient
  • Spaulding North Shore Adaptive Sports Centers - offers adaptive sports and recreational activities to children and adults with disabilities. Programs are delivered under the supervision of Spaulding clinicians and adaptive sports professionals.
  • Journey Forward- Journey Forward, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those with spinal cord injuries or disability. Provides an intense, exercise and research based program working to recover some of the most basic daily functions and benefits for its clients. Journey Forward is a member of the NeuroRecovery Network - see
  • Project Walk-exercise-based paralysis recovery center, located in Stratham NH and other locations.


  • Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation-non-profit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy.
  • Disability Policy Consortium
  • United Spinal Association, Greater Boston Chapter -dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with a spinal cord injury or

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