Group Reach III

AVC is deeply committed to bringing communities together to provide high quality services to children, families, and our region


REACH Program Services

REACH   64 Holden Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 (508)841-1562 Fx: (508)841-8753

                    Karen Laskey, Director of Satellite Programs       Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The REACH program is comprised of 3 classrooms that are housed in age appropriate schools within our member districts.


REACH II (ages 9-13), Trottier Middle School in Southborough


REACH III (ages 14-16), Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough


REACH IV (ages 17-19), Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough


The program is 180 days and closely follows the school districts calendar with the addition of a 24 day, six week, Monday-Thursday summer program


A certified Intensive Special Needs teacher, skilled Paraprofessionals, and a Registered Nurse comprise our classroom teams. A low student to staff ratio is maintained along with a small class size.


Services include communication therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision services, music therapy, assistive technology, and heath care. Animal assisted activities have been introduced to Reach II, III and IV this year. 

Embedded therapies consist of consultative program development including staff training, mentoring, therapeutic handling techniques, transfer training as well as equipment evaluations and ongoing student evaluations. The goal of therapy activities in the classroom is to enhance the student's ability to access their education.


A Transdisciplinary approach is utilized to develop student's access and entry-level skills to the Mass Curriculum frameworks through the use of Unique Learning Systems. There is a strong emphasis on the development of communication, motor, and social skills across environments and throughout the day. Age appropriate life skills and transition skills are also addressed with students. Our students participate in the MCAS Alternate Assessment in which data and evidence is collected and complied into a portfolio


Transition/Resource Fair
AVC holds a resource fair each spring at our main offices. The purpose of the fair to make families and districts aware of the resources/supports that are available to our students. Some of the resources/agencies that have participated over the last 4 years are: Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Department of Developmental Services, Seven Hills, TILL inc., Easter Seals assistive tech loan center, Nonotuck Resource Associates, Greater Marlboro Programs, Autism Housing Pathways, Department of Mental Health, Work Inc., Justice Resource Institute, Center for Living and Working


AVC's family success partnership provides a monthly workshop for parents. Topics have included SSI, MassHealth, and Guardianship. Click here to view Monthly Workshop Calendar.


Perkins Partnership
The Perkins School for the Blind Training Center and AVC have partnered over the past two years to provide professional development to: special educators, teachers of the visually impaired, OT's, PT's. Training topics have included Adapted Physical Education and Independent Living Skills.

Click here to learn more about Perkins School for the Blind Training Schedule.

Please click here to view the Reach Brochure