Day & Employment Services

Providing a path to self-exploration and growth for adults with disabilities.

Day Habilitation and Employment Services for people with developmental disabilities in Ashland, MA.

We place tremendous value on providing individuals with disabilities a multitude of opportunities to learn, grow, and participate in their communities. Through our Day and Employment Services at the Life Skills & Learning Center, Advocates staff partners with adults who have disabilities and their families to customize experiences and activities uniquely suited to each person’s interests, skills, needs, and goals.

Whether it’s by continuing education, improving overall health and wellness, giving back to the community, finding employment, or exploring new hobbies, Advocates’ Day and Employment Services encourages adults with disabilities on a lifetime path of self-exploration and development.

The Center houses fitness facilities, sensory rooms, vocational training spaces, and more. But we also bridge a connection to the community, partnering with libraries, arts groups, local businesses, and other organizations, for even more opportunities for individuals to lead active and fulfilling lives – on their own, or with family and friends.

Eligibility

Advocates Day & Employment Services are open to adults with disabilities age 18 and older. Services may be funded by Massachusetts state agencies including the Department of Developmental Services, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, MassHealth, and others. Private pay opportunities are available. Please call our staff to discuss your needs.

 

 

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

Related News/Updates

Life Skills & Learning Center May Update

An Update from Advocates Life Skills and Learning Center 

 

Welcome spring and warm sunshine! Recently, even more friends joined us back at Advocates Life Skills and Learning Center! As of April, 65% of our members have returned to in-person services. Those participating in remote services are highly encouraged to join our daily Zoom programming. It is always good to see friends!

Eight new staff members recently joined the day services team, and we're excited to have them on board! As more friends join us in person, we are working closely with our recruitment team to highlight day services job openings.

With the warmer weather, exciting opportunities are on the horizon! We are eager to start tending to our community and program gardens, volunteering at Unity Farm, and having more fun day excursions.

Many individuals in our employment program have returned to work, while others are beginning new adventures. To help our friends stay educated about COVID-19 protocols, we're offering a new training program focused on social distancing, mask wearing, best ways to greet and interact with peers, and more.

We continue to work closely with our funders and sister agencies to secure the future of day services. We don’t anticipate changes to our social distancing requirements any time soon, thus not allowing for many more friends to rejoin us on site. Remote services will likely end at the end of 2021, when the state of emergency is complete. With enhanced funding for day services concluding at the end of May, we appreciate any outreach and advocacy to express the continued need for additional funding to continue to provide day services and support the staff that care for your loved one.

 

 

Sincerely, 

Elizabeth Bardasz
Senior Director of Developmental and Brain Injury Day Services

 

Life Skills and Learning Center April Update

We continue to provide on-site services to more than 100 people, with our remaining friends participating in remote services, including virtual and in-person home visits. We are thrilled to share that 90% of Day Services staff have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Read on for the latest news, events, and resources.