Developmental Services

Helping individuals achieve their goals and reach for their dreams.
 

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.

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.