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A leader in supporting people with developmental disabilities



Employment & Day Services

Assisted by job counselors, participants are placed individually or in crews within a variety of community businesses.


Residential Services

Charles River provides housing to adults with developmental disabilities in Needham, Newton, Wellesley, Natick and other MetroWest communities.


Family Support

Offering a broad range of recreational programs, advocacy services, educational seminars and a multitude of resources to children and families.


Day Habilitation

For adults with complex needs, we provide physical, occupational, speech and music therapies with full-time nursing supervision.

Featured News  

Freia David in the Boston Globe

Read the Boston Globe article about Freia David's retirement from McDonald's in Needham after 32 years. 


Watch "The Autistic Oath"

Meet Jon W.--creator, writer, designer, author and celebrity (and Charles River Center participant).We love his attitude! Youtube movie: 


Join the Charles River Riders

Join the Charles River Riders!  Join the Charles River Riders at this year’s Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 24th!  Ride 25, 50 or even. . .


New Program: Adult Family Care

We are pleased to announce that the Charles River Center’s Adult Family Care program is up and running, and we are seeking referrals to the. . .



Charles River Center 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

09/25/16 @ 11:00 AM
Charles River Center, Needham
5K RUN/1 MILE WALK  We hope you can join us on Sunday, September 25th. . .