Your gift is truly important to those served by MDS.
You can make a significant difference in someone’s life – right here, right now!
Thousands of people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorder in the Monadnock region have a lifelong need for support – getting proper medical care, finding a secure place to live, learning safe behaviors, finding appropriate work, and finding a community within which to create a meaningful life.
Monadnock Developmental Services makes sure those services and supports are in place so that people with disabilities can live and work in their communities. Just as importantly, MDS makes sure that each and every person receives quality services that encourage inclusion, participation and relationships.
Much of what MDS does is funded by Medicaid and the State of New Hampshire. However, emergencies and needs frequently arise for services or items that aren’t covered by such funding, things that are critical to making the lives of those we support more manageable, including:
Specialized equipment – to improve mobility and communication
Home modifications – to allow movement, participation and freedom
Respite emergencies – for when caregivers themselves need assistance
Emergency dental work - for adults who are only covered for extractions
Much-needed therapeutic activities
As you can imagine, the needs are important – and costly. Your contribution will go a long way toward helping buy medical items, provide home modifications, allow much needed extracurricular activities so that those with disabilities can find their place and make their own contributions in the best way possible.
With your help, and the help of families, friends and the community, we can take care of these critical needs so that those with disabilities can find a way to live more productive and meaningful lives.
Another way you can contribute is by shopping at AmazonSmile and a portion of your eligible purchase will go to MDS.
If you prefer, you can send your donation by mail to:
Monadnock Developmental Services
121 Railroad Street
Keene NH 03431
Thank you for your compassion and your generosity!
Interested in leaving a legacy for those who follow?
Click here to find out about Planned Giving at MDS.
How MDS Puts Your Donations To Work for Unmet Needs
Van Modification: A woman with a spinal disorder uses a wheelchair to navigate her life. To get her to and from appointments, activities, and family outings, the parents need to buy a larger van and then have it modified to fit her wheelchair. The family can buy the van, but can’t cover the full costs of the modifications, which cost as much as the van itself. This vehicle will provide long-term service for the family.
Specialized Movement Bed: A man with severe cerebral palsy requires 24-hour supervision with total care. As he ages, his care needs are increasing. Because he is in fragile condition, he spends much of his time in bed, and needs to be repositioned frequently. He has outgrown a custom-made bed from his youth. A used electric bed in mint condition is available immediately at a very reasonable price, but Medicaid will not fund used equipment.
Stair and Bathroom Modifications: The family of a young person with brittle bone disease has moved to a new home. Many modifications have been done to make the home more accessible so that the teenager can continue to live with the family. Medicaid won’t cover all needed bathroom and staircase modifications, which are critical for his safety and comfort. Much of the work will be paid for by the family but they need help with the last dollars to complete the project.
Adaptive Device: A middle-aged man with severe cerebral palsy has been using a positioning wedge to help keep his respiratory system clear. This wedge also prevents bruising, scraping and general discomfort for him. After eight years, this wedge is very worn and must be replaced, but it is considered an alternative device and is not covered by Medicaid.
Dental Work: An older man with an intellectual disability needs emergency dental work, both extractions and upper and lower dentures. He cannot eat properly with his dental problems, with resulting digestive issues. As a result he is losing weight and his health is failing rapidly. He lives with his sister and her husband, who has a terminal illness – the family is in a fragile state. Medicaid will pay only for extractions, not for dentures or reconstruction.
Lift System: A woman with a degenerative brain disease lives with her family, who are committed to keeping her with them as the disease progresses. Recently, the aging mother has become unable to lift her daughter to accomplish daily living tasks, including transferring her to the shower and for transportation. A lift system will help with these transfers so that this family can continue to fulfill their vision of having their loved one remain at home.