Day Habilitation Center

BFAIR’s CARF Accredited Day Habilitation Center located in North Adams, provides adults and students with disabilities individualized services utilizing a medical model including clinical, physical, occupational and speech therapies as well as on-site nursing care and community integration options. Training areas include culinary arts, fine and gross motor development, sensory integration, expressive therapy, communication, behavior management, self-advocacy, self-preservative, safety skill development, community integration and self care.

A strong emphasis is placed on community participation and volunteerism. BFAIR is in partnership with Community Access to the Arts (CATA) which provides such as folk performing, accordion playing, line dancers and singers. This has proven to be very beneficial for community participation and therapeutic goals such as movement and gross motor activity. In 2009, the Day Habilitation program expanded and incorporated accessibility features for people with physical disabilities.

Volunteerism includes regular projects as well as seasonal and one time endeavors. Examples include Adopt-a-Site rest area clean-up, The Salvation Army, grocery shopping through the Adams Council for Aging, craft activity for the North Adams Downtown Celebration, Rotary Club Holiday gift wrapping and making Easter baskets for people living at Louison House.

The Day Habilitation Center also provides visits to community access destinations which include visits to the Adams Senior Center, Bennington Deer Park, library, Catskill Game Farm, Butterfly Sanctuary, Yankee Candle Factory and Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees. Our Day Habilitation Program is nationally accredited through CARF, The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

For more information please contact our Director of Day Habilitation Services Theresa Gelinas at 664-9382 x 36 or