Welcome from Commissioner Charles Carr
MassMATCH is the Commonwealth's initiative to Maximize Assistive Technology (AT) in Consumer's Hands. As you navigate your way through this website you'll soon realize that it is the culmination of a wonderful collaborative effort and shared vision. Eight state human services agencies worked with constituents to empower people with disabilities, and the general public, with access to affordable Assistive Technology (AT) and information. The collaborators were constituents who use AT, family members, AT professionals, and representatives from the following state agencies: the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (formerly DOE), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD), the Department of Developmental Services (formerly DMR), and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs--Office of Long Term Care (EOEA).
As a person with a significant disability who has used some type of AT for most of my life to live and work as independently as possible, I truly appreciate having all of the AT information and resources available in Massachusetts in one easy to use location. MassMATCH will soon become the one place anyone needs to go for all of their AT needs regardless of your age or disability status.
Whether you need information or advice, want to take out a low interest loan to purchase equipment or modifications, or swap a piece of equipment, you're just a few mouse clicks away. It's all here. All you have to do is have the time and interest to start looking. If you're like me, you will be amazed at the rich array of AT resources we have in this state.
I hope you find MassMATCH beneficial to you, your family and friends as you discover how assistive technology can truly level the playing field for all of us throughout the lifespan. I know that you'll come back time and again as your life needs change. Be sure to spread the word so that as many people as possible can benefit from this tremendous collaborative effort.
Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission