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A leader in supporting people with developmental disabilities



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  

Watch "The Autistic Oath"

Meet Jon W.--creator, writer, designer, author and celebrity (and Charles River Center participant).We love his attitude! Youtube movie: 


Farm to Fork Dinner Sold Out

We are thrilled with the response!  The inaugural Farm to Fork Dinner to benefit the Charles River Center's Horticulture Program and the Needham Community Farm. . .


Join the Charles River Riders

Join the Charles River Riders!  Join the Charles River Riders at this year’s Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 24th!  Ride 25, 50 or even. . .


Adult Extended Day Now in Natick

The Adult Extended Day Program is a fun and active social and skill building group for adults 18+ who live in the Middlesex West Area.  This. . .

Charles River Center Event


Charles River Center 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

09/25/16 @ 11:00 AM
Charles River Center, Needham
5K RUN/1 MILE WALK  We hope you can join us on Sunday, September 25th. . .