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The Community Adult Program (CAP)
is a CARF accredited day support program serving individuals over
the age of 22 with significant medical and complex learning needs and
is funded through the Department
of Developmental Services (DDS)
and Medicaid. Typical program participants include individuals
with pervasive developmental
delays, autism, seizure disorders
and limited communication abilities.  

School Hours:

  • Daily program hours are from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. The program is in operation 52 weeks a year.

Patricia Mason
Program Director
Community Adult Program
40 Pond Park Road Hingham, MA 02043
Fax 781-740-4068

Patricia has been the Director of the Community School & Adult Programs since July, 2002. She has 25 years experience in the field serving infants, children and adults with special needs in public, private and residential settings. Patricia is a program reviewer for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Prior to coming to the Collaborative, she coordinated the DeafBlind National Graduate Teacher Preparation Program at Boston College. She is currently adjunct faculty at Bridgewater State University, Lesley University, Northeastern University and Endicott College.

Marie Miklaszewski
Program Coordinator
40 Pond Park Road, Hingham, MA 02043
Fax 781-740-4068

Marie brings to the program over 40 years of experience both as a health care professional and a parent of an individual with developmental needs. Marie has served the DDS community in a variety of roles: working as a specialized home care provider, a nurse, a member of the Board of Directors of the South Coastal Area DMR, and as a parent advocate/advisor for school aged programs. Currently, Marie works closely with the Department of Developmental Services as a member of the South Shore Health Care Committee, is a member of the Parent Advisory Council for Vinfen Corporation and is active with the Quality Assurance Committee for residential housing inspections for DDS.


Visitors to the CAP program will immediately note its cheerful and well maintained physical site. The building is completely handicapped accessible, allowing participants to fully utilize all areas of the building including the Community Adapted Library, Accessible Greenhouse, outdoor patio, cooking areas, laundry facilities, office and classroom areas.

Services Offered

Each program participant has an individualized weekly schedule which allows for a variety of therapeutic experiences such a simple meal preparation/cooking activities, gross motor work, commercial art, language enhancement groups, sensorimotor exploration, self-help activities, vocational and service learning groups and greenhouse activities. The program has extensive on-site access to technology as well as the Boston College Eagle Eyes Program. Program participants are supported throughout the program day to utilize various assistive technologies such as voice output communication aids and computer assisted instruction to support communication opportunities.

The CAP program has a high staff to participant ratio (1:4) to ensure appropriate access to learning activities. There is a full time nurse on site who acts as the program Health Care Supervisor. OT, PT and Speech and Language services are provided on a consultative basis. Additionally program participants enjoy weekly music and recreation therapy groups.

The SSEC Community Adult Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities: CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers. Organizations must consistently implement and meet high standards to receive each 3 year accreditation.

The CAP program works closely with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS)  to coordinate smooth transitions and ongoing individualized support plans development.

Autism Component
The adult program has an Autism component servicing young adults with ASD. This program is highly structured using consistent visual supports and other best practices to support people with Autism. Communication skills are a focus with ongoing instruction in independent daily life activities. They have a variety of leisure opportunities as mentioned above. They can often be seen using the treadmill and engaging in many other gross motor activities.

Suggested Resources

DDS Eligibility 


Autism Waiver Services

ARC of the South Shore  


75 Abington Street, Hingham, MA 02043 | Phone: 781-749-7518 | Fax: 781-740-0784