TV Series To Examine Life During Transition

A new show focusing on the experiences of five young adults with intellectual disabilities is coming to television.

The documentary-style series “The Specials” follows real-life housemates Sam, Hilly, Lucy, Lewis and Megan over the course of four years beginning when they were between the ages of 19 and 23.

Friends since childhood, the group is seen as they go through the ups and downs of dating, job hunting and everyday life together in their home in Brighton, England.


Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School provides core support and facilities for cohesive, interdisciplinary research and research training to advance efforts to understand, ameliorate, and prevent intellectual and developmental disabilities.

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

UCEDDs work with these individuals, their families, government agencies and community providers to promote and enhance the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

The UMass Medical School UCEDD houses a range of programs and services, including:


We provide an informational resource on programs and services for people with disabilities in Massachusetts, and can offers solutions for government and nonprofit organizations nationwide through our technology development group.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

Our interdisciplinary training programs prepare advocates and clinicians to be leaders in the disability field.

For information about the Department of Developmental Disabilities please click here