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Among the strongest examples of Advocates’ commitment to helping individuals with disabilities lead better lives are our homes for adults with Prader-Willi syndrome. People with PWS, a complex genetic disorder, face behavioral issues, intellectual disabilities, and a constant urge to eat, often leading to obesity and other health problems.

Advocates residential programs are designed to meet the special and varied needs of individuals with PWS, prioritizing round-the-clock care and support while encouraging personal growth, community engagement, and a sense of belonging.

Our staff works with individuals to develop personalized meal plans and devise and monitor exercise and health regimens suited to their needs, in and out of the home. Environmental modifications and established routines and guidelines help to control food anxieties and caloric intake, such as locking pantries and adhering to scheduled meal times. These creative solutions within a group home setting have led to many Advocates residents experiencing success in their personal weight loss plans, as well as cutting down on visits to the emergency room or extended hospital stays.

In addition to creating a family-like community within each of our homes for residents and staff, Advocates actively provides multiple opportunities for individuals to explore talents and interests, to connect with their peers at Advocates and in the broader community, and to pursue a rewarding and fulfilling lifestyle.



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.

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