Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you need additional information please contact Thrive Support & Advocacy at or call 508-485-4227.

What type of programs and services do you provide for individuals with developmental disabilities?

Thrive provides an array of activities and services to meet the needs of children and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their families. Our social and recreational offerings are the most comprehensive in Massachusetts, ranging from weekly social nights to international vacations, with ongoing activities nearly every day. We offer cutting-edge programs for youth and young adults with opportunities to meet new friends, try new experiences, and train to become community leaders. If you need help getting support for your loved one, we have the resources and guidance to set you on the right path. Are you looking for respite or assistance with a loved one who lives independently? Thrive will collaborate with you to fulfill those needs. We can also connect you with suitable resources throughout Massachusetts.

How can I receive services from Thrive?

Our youth and young adult initiatives, social and recreational experiences, and family support guidance are open to anyone in the communities we serve, 45 and growing. Other services such as residential placement, family and individual support, and respite benefits are available with a referral from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

How will I know if Thrive’s services are right for me or my family member?

The Thrive staff is committed to regularly going above and beyond for participants and their families. We strive to create an environment where families and their loved ones feel welcome and empowered. Email or call 508-485-4227 with questions or interests, and to connect with the appropriate staff member. We will provide guidance and recommendations to find the resources you need, either within the Thrive community or with a trusted provider.

Do you offer group homes for adults?

Adult group homes, or as we refer to them, community residences, are funded by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Vacancies, which open very infrequently, are filled by a referral from DDS.

What types of respite care services do you provide?

Thrive offers in-home and community respite care services to help individuals and families continue to live as independently as possible.

Do you offer recreational programs?

Thrive’s social and recreation program for people with disabilities is second to none. On average, we offer 25 social and recreational experiences every month, most include transportation. Activities range from social groups with like-minded interests, visits to museums, concerts or other venues, and even weekend getaways and international vacations. Because our activities are always evolving, if you cannot find something you like, make a suggestion, and we’ll look at organizing an experience around your interests. Thrive’s social and recreational programs foster feelings of belonging, accomplishment, and connection, and are open to all. To learn more about Thrive’s social & recreational experiences visit or check out our calendar of events at

Do you offer after-school programs?

Yes, our dynamic Thrive After School Community (TASC) serves individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities school-age through young adult. The group meets during the school year Tuesday through Thursday from 2:00-5:00 at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA. Participants are grouped by age, with the goal of providing an environment where children and young adults can be themselves, find their strengths, and have opportunities to shine while building self-esteem and social skills. To learn more go to

How do I find out more about employment opportunities at Thrive?

If you want to be part of an energetic team with a proactive approach that focuses on abilities, we welcome you to join our community. Go to for current employment opportunities.

How do I volunteer my time with Thrive?

We all know that by helping others, we help ourselves. Thrive has a dynamic range of volunteer opportunities that capture our strong spirit and proactive attitude of focusing on abilities and committing to support every participant to be the best version of themselves. Opportunities include large-group and one-on-one settings, one-time and ongoing options, and family or pet-friendly activities. There is something for everyone, and you will leave knowing that you made an impactful difference not only in your life, but also in the life of Thrive participants. To learn more go to

Who can I contact to find out what services are available for my family member?

To receive a prompt and personal response, reach out to Thrive at 508-485-4227 or email with details about your interests or questions.

What do acronyms related to developmental or intellectual disabilities mean?

ABAApplied Behavioral Analysis
ACAAffordable Care Act of 2010
ACOAccountable Care Organization
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
ASL American Sign Language
BCMABoard Certified Behavior Analyst
CBHIChildren’s Behavioral Health Initiative
CHIPChildren’s Health Initiative Program
DCFDepartment of Children and Families
DDSDepartment of Developmental Services
DESEDepartment of Elementary and Secondary Education
DMHDepartment of Mental Health
DPHDepartment of Public Health
DTADepartment of Transitional Assistance
EIEarly Intervention Program
EOHHSExecutive Office of Health and Human Services
FAPEFree Appropriate Public Education
FBAFunctional Behavioral Assessment
FCSNFederation for Children with Special Needs
FPLFederal Poverty Level
I.D.E.A.Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEPIndividualized Education Plan
ISPIndividualized Service Plan (22+)
LGBTQIA2SLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two Spirit
MCBMassachusetts Commission for the Blind
MCDHHMassachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
McKinney-VentoHomeless Assistance Act
MCOManaged Care Organization
MRCMassachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
PBSPositive Behavior Support
PQAProgram Quality Assurance
TANFTransitional Aid to Needy Families
TPFTransition Planning Form