Autism Services

In response to a high need, Bridgewell is offers specialized programming to support the challenging behavioral tendencies of younger adults with autism that are transitioning from the educational system to adult services and are supported by the Department of Developmental Services.

Our service model focuses on the abilities of individuals and approaches service delivery as a partnership, respecting the needs and desires of each individual. This person-centered approach allows us to support and respect the people we serve, as well as to foster their independence.

Day Services

Bridgewell has three Rosewood Day Services programs that are specialized to meet the unique needs of younger adults with autism who are transitioning from the educational system to adult services. Primarily supported by the Department of Developmental Services and MassHealth, Rosewood Day Services provides a minimum of a 1 to 3 staff to individual ratio. All locations offer state-of-the-art classroom settings with a focus on health and wellness.

Bridgewell offers two Rosewood Day Services programs in Danvers and more recently, the Department of Developmental Services and families requested that Bridgewell open a third day program for young adults with autism in Billerica.

Employment Supports Program
At the Danvers program, Rosewood Day Services provides individual job development, placement and job coaching services. Each individual is assessed and a career plan is developed based on abilities and interests.

Community Based Day Supports Program
In Billerica, Rosewood Day Services provides unique programming for young adults with autism to acquire the skills needed to navigate their communities, including volunteer, recreation and social opportunities. The curriculum focuses on technology, physical fitness, community integration, functional academics and career exploration (or pathway) to employment through volunteer experiences.

Read more about Bridgewell’s Rosewood Drive program.

Read more about Bridgewell’s Day Services.

Residential Services

Since 2013, Bridgewell has opened several residences for young adults with autism. Our comfortable, single-family homes offer highly supportive environments where individuals can build productive, independent adult lives in the community. Our work supporting young adults with autism continues to grow with a new specialized community residence and new day program.

To date, Bridgewell has opened 10 new homes for adults with autism. The first program opened in Wenham in September 2013, followed by additional residences in Beverly, Topsfield, Peabody and North Andover. In June 2017, a new hybrid autism-medically intensive residence opened in Lynnfield.

Read more about Bridgewell’s Residential services.

Individualized Home Supports

Bridgewell staff assists with health care coordination, medication management, nutrition, household chores, financial management, community recreation, social participation and other life skills training and support. Each person’s support level is based on individual need and preference and can live with their family or in their own home.

Family Support Center

Opened in 2016, the Autism Family Support Center provides services to families from diverse cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds including those who are supporting an individual with autism. The Family Support Center’s purpose is to support families when they need it most, to provide resources for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities and their families to attain the highest level of support to positively impact their lives.

Read more about Bridgewell’s Family Support Center.