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Day Habilitation  

Committed to helping individuals improve independence, the Day Habilitation program provides structured activities designed to increase functional skill development for those with significant cognitive, physical and medical disabilities.

The program is housed in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility in Needham that is completely accessible and meets all ADA standards. Program participants have use of:

  • Spacious group rooms
  • Wide corridors
  • Fitness and physical therapy rooms
  • A sensory room
  • A large cafeteria
  • Teaching kitchen
  • Terrace and raised garden

Individuals who attend the Day Habilitation program are under the supervision of trained professionals that include: nursing staff, a management team, physical, behavioral, occupational, and speech therapists.

Adults with developmental disabilities age 18 and older who qualify for MassHealth are eligible to participate in our Day Habilitation program. Our referral sources include the following: Department of Developmental Services, families and guardians, school systems and other programs.

There are no required fees connected with enrollment and participation in CRC Day Habilitation. 

Goals and Activities

Based on a team approach with individual input, a detailed plan is developed for each person.  These plans outline goals that will be worked on to improve skills and the person's physical well-being.

With the individual's interests in mind, the program offers:

  • Music therapy
  • Art
  • Cooking
  • Computer and iPad use
  • Gardening
  • Zumba
  • Exercise

Community outings are also incorporated into weekly schedules so that all can work on specific therapeutic objectives while having fun in the community. 

ACES (Adult Community Experiences and Services)

A program within Day Habilitation for those with autism, individuals in the ACES program use daily community experiences to learn life skills.  By volunteering multiple times a week with local nonprofits, individuals in this program are able to contribute toward improving the community while learning life skills. We have worked with the Dedham Food Pantry, Traveling Meals, and Ethos Elder Service, as as well as many other organizations. 


Charles River Center Day Habilitation is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). 





Please contact Rebecca Munro, Director of Day Services at or (781) 972-1078 for additional information about the Day Habilitation program.


 Reviewed & revised: 10/2021

Jessica in Day Hab