DDS Autism Waiver Program
Open Enrollment Period – October 16th-31st 2023
The Autism Waiver Program is provided by the Autism Division of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). This program provides one-to-one interventions to help children with autism who exhibit severe behavior, social and communication problems through a service called Expanded Habilitation, Education (intensive in-home services and supports). This service occurs in the child’s home or other natural settings under the supervision of trained clinical staff and is available for a total of three years.
The Autism Waiver Program also provides related support services such as community integration activities and respite. At the conclusion of the three years of intensive services, a child may access supplemental services that meet the child’s needs and help with the transition out of the intensive Autism Waiver Program until the child’s 10th birthday.
In order to participate in the Autism Waiver program, children must be under the age of 10, reside in Massachusetts, and have a confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
How to Apply:
To apply for the Autism Waiver program, click on an application link below.
Autism Waiver Application – Englishhttps://www.mass.gov/doc/awp-2023-open-request-application-english/download
Autism Waiver Application – Spanishhttps://www.mass.gov/doc/awp-2023-open-request-application-spanish/download
Please note – In order to apply, you’ll need your child’s date of birth, social security number, and MassHealth ID number. Applications must be postmarked and submitted during the open enrollment period, October 16-31, 2023. Applications received before or after this period won’t be accepted.