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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  

How the Charles River Center helped one family

Stephen, who was diagnosed with autism at an early age, was ready to leave school and start his life as a young adult.  Find out from his. . .


How Wings for Autism Helped the Fitzpatrick Family Take Their First Family Vacation

Dear Wings for Autism Team,   It’s been a couple of weeks now since we returned from our family trip to New Orleans in August with our son Sean.  Dave. . .


What Is Adult Foster Care and Is It Right for You?

Adult Foster Care is a program that is designed for those who would like to live in a family setting in the community with an approved caregiver. Caregivers. . .


Charles River Residents Assemble Care Packages for Troops

Eddie Wencis, Residential Cluster Director, knows firsthand how important mail call can be.  A Navy Seabee for eight years before coming to Charles River, Eddie was stationed. . .



Charles River Center 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

09/24/17 @ 11:00 AM
Charles River Center, Needham
5K RUN/1 MILE WALK  We hope you can join us on Sunday, September 24th. . .