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Last updated on August 13, 2015


HMEA affirms and promotes the values, dreams and potential of people with developmental disabilities through education, support and life experiences.

HMEA's Administrative Office is located in Franklin, MA, but our service area extends to over 110 communities in the State's Central, Southeastern and Eastern regions. We have a long history of providing innovative services in school, at work, at home and in the community and HMEA now serves 2,400 children and adults with developmental disabilities.

The following service offerings are individually designed to meet the unique needs of each person served and their family: Children's Services, Family Supports, Residential Services, Day Services.

Services are comprehensive, timely, cost effective and of high quality. We are proud of our competent, committed and caring staff and how we celebrate its diversity. Staff receive the training that they need to do their jobs well and experience an on-going opportunity for professional growth and advancement.

Originally incorporated in 1961, the organization was first known as the Wrentham Research Foundation. Located on the grounds of the Wrentham Developmental Center, its primary mission was to conduct research in the field of mental retardation. Studies included prevention, treatment, best practices and staff training. With the enactment of Chapter 766, special education services became its primary focus. The agency assisted public schools to develop appropriate programs and also directly provide services to children with significant challenges on the grounds of the institution.

In 1982, the agency relocated to Franklin, MA and was renamed Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA) after the renowned educator who was born in Franklin. "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity" was a phrase of Horace Mann and our Board President felt it was especially appropriate for a non-profit organization.

As people began to move from institutions because of the legislation of the Consent Decree, HMEA responded by opening its first community-based Day Services location in Attleboro and its first two residential homes in Mansfield and Attleboro in 1982. Today, over 550 people receive Employment, Day Habilitation and Residential Services.

In 1996, the agency began to work with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, primarily with a diagnosis of autism, in their homes and at school, through the collaborative Department of Mental Retardation/ Department of Education Project.

In 1997, Family Support Services became a reality at the Autism Resource Center, and through the "Home First", "Flexible Family Supports" and "Elders" programs.

1997 also saw the establishment of a Children's Services Division, which provides consultation and comprehensive support services for children as young as toddlers in Early Intervention and continuing through to assisting young adults transition into the workforce and community life. In 2006 the Darnell School for Educational and Behavioral Services opened its doors.

Presently, HMEA provides services to 2,400 children and adults with disabilities, and their families, in 110 communities in Massachusetts.

Contact person: Tracy Andryc, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: (508) 298-1429

 8 Forge Park East
Franklin, MA 02038
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 Directions: Rte 495 Exit 17 - Rte 140 Head west toward Bellingham on Rte 140 Go over Shane Cabino Memorial Bridge (which goes over RR tracks). Take next left at set of lights into Forge Park. Take 3rd left. . . (more)
Last updated on August 13, 2015

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