Developmental Services

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Developmental Services for adults with disabilities in Massachusetts

Adults with developmental disabilities at Advocates find a supportive community where they can live, work, learn, and play in accordance with their own goals, interests, and needs. Within all of our programs we emphasize personal choice and support individuals in leading productive, fulfilling lives of their own design.

Services

Residential Services

Advocates residential supports for adults with developmental disabilities provide not only a home but also a place in the community. Advocates group homes offer a welcoming, comfortable and safe environment and a sense of family among the residents and staff. Individuals are encouraged and supported in achieving their personal goals, connecting with friends and family, and pursuing their interests at home and out-and-about. Away from home, individuals participate in a wide range of educational, recreational, and social activities at Advocates and in the wider community.

In addition to 24-hour staffed group homes, we offer Shared Living, supported living for adults who live independently in the community, and Adult Family Care for families caring for loved ones at home. 

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Day & Employment Services

Located at our new renovated Life Skills & Learning Center in Ashland, Mass., our Day & Employment Services provide a multitude of opportunities to learn, grow, and participate in community life.

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Self-Advocacy

At Advocates, we actively promote the principles of self-advocacy and encourage opportunities for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to make choices about their own lives and supports, to develop leadership skills, and to connect with other self-advocates. We employ a self-advocacy coordinator, an individual with an intellectual disability, to coordinate self-advocacy activities and to educate staff and individuals at Advocates and in the community about the rights of people with disabilities.

To learn more, contact Anne Fracht, self-advocacy coordinator.

Eligibility

Advocates Developmental Services serve adults with developmental disabilities. Age requirements vary by program. Programs are funded by the Department of Developmental Services, MassHealth, and other state agencies. Private pay opportunities may be available. Please contact our staff to discuss your situation and needs.

Featured Stories

MaryAnn: Staying Active in the Community

MaryAnn is one of the many individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities or autism who attend our Life Skills and Learning Center in Ashland. She has gained confidence from the communication, job, and social skills she has learned there.

Friend of mine.

For years, Chandra moved from one living arrangement to another, struggling to find the right support.

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