The North East Educational and

Developmental Support Center

Education, Training & Support For Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

The North East Educational and Developmental Support Center (Needs Center) provides education, training and support to individuals with developmental disabilities to assist them to live meaningful lives, as independently as possible.

Meet Our Team

Diane Firicano

Diane Firicano

Kerlande Pharo

Kerlande Pharo

Real Support. Real People.

You have two hands. One to help yourself, the second to help others

Residential Services

Residential Services

The NEEDS Center offers residential services and supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as challenging and at-risk behavior. We currently operate 11 group residences within the following seven communities: Billerica, Boxford, Haverhill, Methuen, Revere, Tewksbury, and Topsfield Massachusetts. These spacious single-family homes are contracted with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS). Each group residence serves 2-

Day Services

Many individuals with developmental disabilities require specialized support to achieve community inclusion. The NEEDS Center’s Day Support programs provide individualized support for adults of all ages, including those with complex needs. These programs combine medical monitoring, including nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, with daily living skills training and active community involvement.

Reviews From Parents

“I want to thank everyone involved in the Special Olympics this past weekend, from organizing to actually working with my son on Saturday and Sunday. Thank you for your commitment to improving the lives of adults with disabilities. It was a wonderful time!”

“Once again, thank you (especially) as well as the entire NEEDS housestaff. It was extraordinarily difficult, but necessary, for us to find an alternative living arrangement for our son – and we feel fortunate to have been introduced to the NEEDS Center and comfortable with our choice to entrust you with his care. Our hopes and dreams for him are to be as independent as possible while enjoying a fulfilling work and personal life style — and we feel he is with an organization that will help with these goals while still providing a kind, caring and respectful home experience.”

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