The Martha’s Vineyard Special Parents Association has changed its name to Vineyard Independence Partnership.

Founded in 1983, the organization is a partnership of individuals with disabilities, their family members, and friends working to promote social activities, support independent living situations, encourage accessibility in the community, and advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

The partnership, a volunteer-operated nonprofit corporation, welcomes new members. The group meets every other month throughout the school year.

The first meeting of the 2007-2008 season will be Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. For details, call 508-693-5453.