Employment Training & Support

Lifeworks Job Development Brochure 2021

Lifeworks has successfully placed 100s of individuals in community-based employment with an exceptional retention rate of over 85%. Lifeworks provides ongoing job training and placement services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism living in greater Boston and suburbs.

We offer a variety of assessment and vocational training services at our Norwood and West Roxbury Training & Fulfillment Centers. Career and work goals are based on the interests, goals, skills and abilities of each individual.

Our full-time Job Development Manager is responsible for working closely with each individual to develop an appropriate job search and placement process.


  • Build collaborative partnerships with families, friends, and communities
  • Ensure a continuum of person-centered supports and choices
  • Advocate for the protection of human and civil rights
  • Develop and retain exceptional, supportive staff
  • Provide visionary leadership that is actively engaged in defining future standards of supports
  • Sustain sound stewardship to advance mission, financial, and organizational integrity

Program Offerings

  • Competitive employment in the community
  • Group employment and mobile work crews
  • Paid contract work in our Employment and Training Centers
  • A combination of any of the above

Click here to see our Job Development Brochure 2021



Several times a year we feature a 9-week “World of Work” (W.O.W.) Training program.

The W.O.W. program helps participants identify their skills, translate talents and hobbies into jobs and develop self-confidence. These ‘soft skills’ are necessary for anyone, but especially someone with a developmental disability, to successfully transition from school or a workshop setting to community-based employment. To see the complete curriculum for the World of Work Training program please click here.

Lifeworks accepts requests for its employment programs from a variety of sources, including:

  • The Department of Development Services (DDS)
  • The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
  • Individuals being served, their families or other agencies who may represent the individual

Contact Us

When a referral is accepted for consideration, we invite you to spend two weeks at one of our Training & Fulfillment Centers. All requests for employment services should be sent to one of our program Directors:


Call us 781-762-4001 or fill Out the form below for More Information

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Our Adult Day Services Programs offer individually tailored services for a diverse group of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Our community includes persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, and sensory and mobility impairments. dayprograms@lifeworksarc.org

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Autism Support Center

Lifeworks provides support to more than 900 families through our Autism Support Center.  The family Autism Support Center at Lifeworks helps individuals and families navigate available autism-related services, provides workshops and caregiver training, training for self-advocates, and offers enriching social and recreational activities.   autismsupportcenter@lifeworksarc.org Autism Support Center:  Primarily Serving Families...

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Adult Autism Support Center

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