Promoting independence and maximizing potential

Day Programs for Adults with Disabilities

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Specialized Groups Or Career Services

Communitas offers Day Program Services in Wakefield, Woburn and Beverly. Our Day Programs for Adults with Disabilities supports adults with developmental disabilities and Autism, and provides a large number of activities designed to promote life skills. Program sites have a variety of models that are person-centered and work towards independence. We bring positive behavioral approach to assist in developing personalized goals that are based on each individual’s needs. These goals are continuously measured, reviewed and implemented by both our professional staff teams and clinical therapists. 

Our culture is passionate, upbeat and positive; every person is valued and encouraged to meet their maximum potential through classroom and community-based activities. All environments are clean, safe and supervised by a professional team of experienced and qualified staff

Encouraging Creative Expression

We have a dynamic approach to learning by thoroughly engaging and allowing for individuals to express themselves in many creative ways. Activities include participation in dancing and movement, photography and painting, craft and jewelry design, and video making. All individuals who attend our day programs can be a part of various art initiatives that include both individual and collaborative pieces of work showcased each year at our Annual Art Show.

Members of our Woburn Day Program created a short video – Individuals in this program share the importance of art and creative expression.

Tailored to Individual Needs

We have multiple service models that provide activities to focus on each individual’s needs. Each service model is dynamic and serves as a series of stepping stones to meet goals and reach potential.

Activities are measured and reviewed regularly to ensure that they are progressive and emphasize social and safety skill development.

Specialized Groups

Life Choices

Of our Communitas Day Programs for Adults with Disabilities, the Life Choices Model is one of our most popular. Available at all three program sites, the Life Choices model focuses on Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) where individuals can work on life skills relating to safety and social skill development. Participants can also participate in Service learning and volunteering opportunities, making this model both community and classroom based.

The Lighthouse Group

Our older adult group is known as the Lighthouse Group; built around sustaining skills acquired throughout life. The Lighthouse model incorporates mobility supports, personal care, community outings and weekly activities to practice motor skills (memory games and physical movement such as dance and exercise.) Although this is catered for an older population, we accept younger adults into this program as well.


There are several Autism Programs that exist within Communitas Day Services. There is our Voyage group in Wakefield and Journey group in Woburn; these Autism Programs are varied and usually have a more structured schedule of activities with an emphasis on communication and sensory needs. The use of technology, sign language, verbal prompting, hand on hand techniques and picture boards can all be used to assist in learning. Individuals with more intense autism or higher needs may also be supported by supplemental supports via D.D.S.

The Upward Program

The Upward Program specializes in those who have autism without a developmental disability. This is a one-of-a-kind Autism Program, where those who attend program participate in designing both their program environment as well as the preferred activities of learning. Staff assist in mentoring participants to make life and skill decisions and enhance their social skills. The Upward Program provides opportunities to network socially, develop friendships and create new relationships. In some instances, volunteering and work opportunities may be included.

Career Services employment - Day Programs for Adults with Disabilities

Promoting Independence with Career Services

Career Services are provided for individuals with developmental disabilities who are interested in job opportunities, volunteering, internships and/or exploring vocational options. Communitas partners with community businesses who offer work opportunities in Group Supported Employment.

One-on-one coaching and support is available for individuals who are work-ready and gainfully employed.

Integrated Groups

Integrated Groups are designed to provide supports to those who prefer the option of attending our Day Program’s Life Skills learning, as well as opportunities to participate in vocational services.  This model incorporates a split schedule throughout the week, so individuals can participate in both Life Skills and Career Services. The Career Services component of our Integrated Groups model provides four areas of supports that are interchangeable and can be used as stepping stones to progress with vocational skills.

Individual Supports

One-on-one coaching and support are available for Individuals who are work-ready or gainfully employed. One-on-one job seeking and coaching takes place using personal profile career plans. When an individual is successful in finding paid employment and sufficiently skilled at their position, supports will fade out – but oversight of progress will continue to be monitored for overall work support and potential re-training needs.

Community Based Day Support

Community Based Day Support (CBDS) is available for those who are interested in learning about vocational opportunities. This includes visiting job-sites, vocational skill-building, and gaining community connections. Examples include certified training opportunities in money management at a well-known bank, or developing safety skills in the home provided by local firefighters at a Sheriff Department.  

Group Employment

Our Group Employment Program supports a number of individuals in paid employment opportunities with staff on-hand to support group-based work. Communitas has partnerships with a number of companies that provide Group Employment opportunities to our Communitas Career Services. 

Some of our employers include: