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Day Habilitation

New Bedford North Campus  • 19 Hawthorn Street New Bedford, MA 02740 • (508) 997-1757 x5


Kennedy-Donovan Center’s Day Habilitation Program is a therapeutic, community-based day program for adults with developmental disabilities located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Since 2008, our vital and vibrant program has provided therapies, developmental skills training, and assistance
with daily activities for adults in the context of a supportive and caring environment.


Participants in Kennedy-Donovan Center’s Day Habilitation Program are supported through positive behavioral practices. Participants focus on language development, social activity, safety, daily living skills, community living, and other areas.


Kennedy-Donovan Center’s Day Habilitation Program assists participants with access to an average of 12 community activities per month, such as visits to the park, library, grocery store, and Boys & Girls Club.


Each participant in Kennedy-Donovan Center’s Day Habilitation Program works toward individualized goals outlined in a personalized service plan. A dedicated team of developmental specialists, therapists, and trained aides works with each participant to reach goals that may include skill-building in a
variety of areas: sensory motor, gross motor, communication, socialization, independent living skills, effective development, and behavioral supports. Participants also benefit from a 1:4 staff to- participant ratio, making Kennedy-
Donovan Center’s ratio one of the lowest in Massachusetts. Each classroom of 10 is led by a developmental specialist and experienced aides who are trained in multiple courses each year, including: Positive Behavioral Interventions &
Supports; Safety-Care, a skills training focused on de-escalation techniques and behavior management; as well as CPR and first aid.


Participants in Kennedy-Donovan Center’s Day Habilitation Program receive on-site clinical supports from the following licensed professionals on a consultative basis: registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, physical therapists, occupational therapists,
assistant therapists, and speech-language pathologists. Participants have access to a wide range of assistive technology and therapeutic spaces, including iPads, communication books, picture symbols, talking photo albums, a sensory room, a physical therapy room, and more.

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Towns served: New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Marion, Mattapoisett, Wareham, Fall River, Westport, and adjacent towns.

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