About Us

Our Mission

Valley Educational Associates’ specialized professionals strive to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.

About VEA
Valley Educational Associates, Inc. became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1982 to provide empowering vocational training and employment services to adults with developmental & intellectual disabilities. We believe every person has a special skill and talent to share with the community.

Historically, institutions like the “Belchertown State School for the Feebleminded” closed which created a gap in services for adults with developmental disabilities in Western Massachusetts. Valley Educational Associates started with a small, eight-person program and now serves over 85 individuals in three beautiful program facilities throughout Western Massachusetts.

We offer community-based day services (CBDS), vocational program with professional development and a supported employment (SE) structure. Within these programs, we offer:

  • Provide social/leisure groups within a community based day center and local day trips
  • Assist individuals with obtaining and excelling on the job at various businesses in the community
  • Offering volunteer opportunities for individuals to make a real impact in their neighborhoods
  • Uplift individuals in their professional journeys and help them achieve their goals

Our program sites serve the Chicopee, Springfield, and West Hatfield communities. Valley Educational Associates is committed to seeking employment opportunities and providing meaningful day programs for the individuals we serve!

Office of Quality Enhancement

Valley Educational Associates is proud of the ten survey and certification reviews with The Office of Quality Enhancement (OQE) within the Office of Quality Management. We have received nine consecutive Certifications with Distinction. Only a few agencies in the state of Massachusetts have been able to claim this outstanding record. Our work is infused with pride, quality and compassion for the people we serve.