Special Education School

New Bedford 19 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 (508) 992-4756 ext. 4

Kennedy-Donovan Center School (KDC School) is a Chapter 766-approved private day school that serves the towns of Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

We provide the highest quality special education services to students, ages 3 through 22, with autism, developmental delays, multiple disabilities, neurological disorders, physical disabilities, behavioral challenges, and  medically-fragile.

Certified special education teachers and therapists plan each student’s individual program to match their developing abilities while encouraging each to reach his/her maximum potential.  Individual and small group instruction utilizes a variety of strategies, materials, activities, and experiences to challenge and motivate the students to develop their cognitive, motor, communication, social, emotional, vocational, and self-help skills.

Students at KDC School are supported in developing positive skills and behaviors.  Staff are trained in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as well as Safety-Care, a skills training focused on de-escalation techniques and behavior management.

The KDC School educational team includes a Board Certified Behaviorial Analyst (BCBA) to help support students’ with diverse behavioral needs.


Students have access to a wide range of assistive technology;  including iPads, communication books, picture symbols, talking photo albums, as well as access to therapeutic spaces such as a sensory room and a physical therapy room.

Students at KDC School have access to a variety of community-based learning activities such as visits to the library, grocery store, parks, zoo, YMCA, and the Boys & Girls Club, as well as activities with students from local schools. KDC Transportation provides transportation to and from school for our students as well as for community outings.

Serving the towns of south eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

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