For the Public: Responding to an Active Shooter Crisis Situation created with the FBI

Warning: The initial sequence in this video may be disturbing to many.  

This video, recently produced by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, dramatizes an active shooter incident in the workplace. Its purpose is to educate the public on how to respond during such an incident.

All DDS employees are mandated reporters of abuse or suspected abuse involving physical, mental, verbal, emotional, financial, or neglect  - this can be done through the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) whose job is: To protect adults with disabilities from the abusive acts or omissions of their caregivers through investigation oversight, public awareness and prevention. The Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) operates a 24-hour Hotline to which citizens of the Commonwealth can report incidents of suspected abuse involving adults with disabilities by dialing 1-800-426-9009 or 1-888-822-0350 TTY.  Clicking here will take you directly to the DPPC Website:

DDS Webinars

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and CDDER are pleased to present a series of Webinars on important topics related to quality supports for people with intellectual disabilities.

Click below to access recordings of each Webinar along with the slide presentation and other materials.

Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER)

The Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER), based at the Shriver Center, provides valuable research, evaluation and training services in order to enhance the quality of supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disability.

Drawing on our extensive clinical, analytic and policy expertise, we work with developmental disabilities service agencies, tailoring our projects to meet individual client needs.

Find out more about our work, our projects, and our team:

Health Surveillance for Adults with Intellectual Disability

This grant-funded project developed an operational definition of "intellectual disability" to be used in health surveillance activities, as well as recommendations to ensure health surveillance activities are actually representative of this population.

Systematic Review of Interventions to Reduce Oral Health Disparities between Adults with Intellectual Disability and the General Population

This project studied the barriers to oral health care for people with intellectual disabilities.