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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  

The Charles River Center Announces New President, Anne-Marie Bajwa

Philip V. Robey, Chairman of the Board at the Charles River Center, has announced that Anne-Marie Bajwa has been selected as the organization’s next. . .


Freia David in the Boston Globe

Read the Boston Globe article about Freia David's retirement from McDonald's in Needham after 32 years. 


Watch "The Autistic Oath"

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


New Program: Adult Family Care

We are pleased to announce that the Charles River Center’s Adult Family Care program is up and running, and we are seeking referrals to the. . .



Ellie Bloom Special Olympics

10/01/16 @ 10:00 AM
DeFazio Park, Needham
The 28th annual Ellie Bloom Special Olympics will be held on Saturday,. . .