People who have a disability (temporary or permanent) that prevents them from using traditional public transit.
If you’ve had a medical emergency, your licensed healthcare provider can request thirty days of The RIDE for you that starts immediately.
Out-of-town visitors with disabilities may also be eligible to use The RIDE.
Norwood Council on Aging Bus:
Must be 60+
Requests for rides must be placed at least 24 hours in advance
Provides regularly scheduled trips to grocery stores
Bus is wheelchair accessible
Norwood Council on Aging Medical Van:
Requests may be made a MINIMUM of 3 days prior
The van is run on a first come, first serve basis
Rides are only available to certain towns
**Medical van is NOT wheelchair accessible.
Check out these and more at the Norwood Senior Center !!
The Town of Norwood Recreation Department provides a vast array of recreational fun for all ages! Check them out HERE for all the details!
Challenger Sports - Challenger is a seasonal sports program curated for children with a wide range of abilities aged 7 and up from all over the region. No experience necessary, no limitation too great. Children with intellectual, physical, emotional, and behavioral challenges can all enjoy being part of a team in this relaxed, supportive environment. Check them out HERE for more info!
Morrill Memorial Library
The Morrill Memorial Library provides tools and technology to help patrons with low-vision access books, the web, and other library resources. Learn more HERE.
The Morrill Memorial Library provides home delivery free of charge to Norwood residents who are unable to come to the library due to special needs, illness or disability. We can deliver specific books that you have requested, or our librarians can select books or DVDs for you matching your interests or favorite authors. Learn more HERE.
Early Childhood Development
Early Intervention - Massachusetts Early Intervention is a program for infants and toddlers, age birth to three (3) years old, who have developmental delays or are at risk of a developmental delay. Learn more HERE.
Norwood Schools Student Services (SEPAC) - The Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) has been active for many years in Norwood. Each school district is required under Massachusetts General Law to have a parent advisory council. Learn more HERE.
Support and Services
MassHealth PCA Program - The PCA Program is a MassHealth program that helps people with permanent or chronic disabilities keep their independence, stay in the community, and manage their own personal care by providing funds to hire personal care attendants (PCAs). Learn more HERE.
MassMatch Assistive Technology Program - MassMATCH is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's initiative to Maximize Assistive Technology (AT) in consumer's hands. Learn more HERE.
ReQuip (DME reuse program) - REquipment is a durable medical equipment (DME) re-use program offering free refurbished wheelchairs, scooters, shower chairs, and more to adults, children, and elders living in Massachusetts. Learn more HERE.
Norwood Food Pantry - Open Saturdays from 9:00AM-11:40AM
Located at 150 Chapel Street and open to Norwood and Westwood residents. Learn more HERE.
SNAP (Formerly Food Stamps) - Supplemental Food Assistance Program. Learn more HERE.
Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - The Department of Developmental Services provides supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, to enhance opportunities and allow everyone to become fully engaged members of their communities. Learn more HERE.
Mass Commission for the Blind (MCB) - MCB serves individuals in Massachusetts who are legally blind by providing access to employment opportunities and social rehabilitation with the goal of increasing independence and self-determination. Learn more HERE.
Mass Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) - MCDHH provides accessible communication, education, and advocacy to consumers and private and public entities so that programs, services, and opportunities throughout Massachusetts are fully accessible to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. Learn more HERE.
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission - The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) helps individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. MRC is responsible for Vocational, Rehabilitation, Community Living, and Disability Determination for federal benefit programs. Learn more HERE.