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Community Based Day Services (CBDS) is a program that offers opportunities for participants to enjoy a wide range of community activities. Our team members support individuals as they develop and improve social, vocational, and life skills. We emphasize skills related to job and career preparedness, in addition to core educational groups. We match participants with volunteer sites and program activities according to their interests and strengths, while providing opportunities to pursue new goals. Community Based Day Services gives individuals opportunities to explore and learn while contributing to their community and developing positive relationships.

CBDS is located at Advocates Life Skills & Learning Center in Ashland, MA, although activities take place primarily in the community environment.

Program Activities

  • Art and music groups
  • Community trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Field trips
  • Gardening
  • Health and fitness
  • Job readiness training
  • Money management
  • Safety skills training
  • Science groups
  • Social groups
  • Volunteering


Adults with developmental disabilities ages eighteen and older who qualify for services from the Department of Developmental Services may be eligible for CBDS. Private pay opportunities are available. Please contact our staff for more information.


Advocates Day Services for Developmental Services is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).