Adult Day Services

Abel Therapeutic Day Habilitation Center

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To All Arc Day Habilitation and Lifeworks Members: The Boston Marathon may be postponed until September but the Day Habilitation Marathon is moving forward! The Arc of South Norfolk Day Habilitation program wants to invite you to join our Marathon Challenge. Attached you will find the marathon announcement, a data tracking sheet and a map of the Boston Marathon route showing each mile marker. Anytime someone walks, strolls or exercises for 20 minutes you earn a mile on the marathon route, 10 minutes earns you a half mile and so on! We recommend that you print off a map and data sheet for each participant and start your way to the finish line! You can show progress by highlighting each mile completed to show progress. Upon completion, you will not only earn the bragging rights that you completed the marathon but a true self accomplishment. We will also honor all the marathon participants once we return to program! (Keep your data sheets!) Feel free to e-mail with any questions or for any additional guidance. On your mark, get set, GO! Diane and the Arc Day Habilitation Team

The William F. Abel Therapeutic Center is a dynamic and progressive day program that provides individually tailored services for a diverse group of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our community includes persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, sensory and mobility impairments.

Our Mission
Our primary mission at the program is to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families are celebrated, empowered and offered unlimited opportunities to achieve their highest potential.  The philosophy of our program is based on a person-centered, involved, integrated program of activity, community inclusion, health and wellness as well as skill development and medical support.

The William F. Abel Therapeutic Center and Arc Connections Program offers:

Health and Wellness programs

  • Formal exercise and walking groups
  • Volunteer opportunities including Meals on Wheels
  • Cardiovascular Fitness, including a Wii fitness program
  • Fully accessible garden with a meditation fountain
  • Sensory room

Education and Artistic Instruction including:

  • Skill development to stimulate and encourage the growth of each individual
  • Gardening program
  • Nutrition Education
  • Meal preparation in a large, accessible, fully-equipped kitchen
  • Technology use and training
  • Artistic Expression
  • Music Appreciation

Community Exploration

  • Weekly community volunteer programs
  • Recreational outings
  • Inclusive community programs
  • Grocery shopping
  • Exploration and enjoyment of our local and surrounding communities
  • Beautiful locations; William F. Abel Therapeutic Center is just 15 minutes to Boston, located in bustling suburbs southwest of Boston in a beautiful learning environment.  Senior Connections Program is located in a store-front, open and airy location in downtown West Roxbury.

Therapeutic Supports
Our program provides a full range of medical and therapeutic programs including a highly trained nursing staff, a physical therapy program, speech therapy, occupational therapy and a behaviorist to provide behavioral therapy and supports.  An essential part of our program is integrating therapeutic supports into the daily programs of each individual we serve.

How can I inquire about the William F. Abel Center and the Senior Connections Program?
This is the easy part.  Just call our center and ask for our Director/Associate Director.  We can schedule a formal tour or just an informal visit.  During this visit you can take a tour and meet our staff while learning  more about the programs.  Come and experience the joy and community of the William F. Abel Center and the Senior Connections Program!

The Arc of South Norfolk is accredited by CARF.  A CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback and serving the community. 
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