Vocational Ventures Coastal Connections, Inc.

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Contact Information

Coastal Connections, Inc.
Contact: Judi Cogswell, Director
Email Address: jcogswell@coastalconnections.org
Phone: 978-388-1119 xX111

35 Water Street Amesbury, MA 01913
Area Served: Northeast

Map Location Vocational Ventures


Coastal Connections, Inc is a private, non-profit agency providing supports and services to individuals with disabilities through several day programs.  Our mission is to assure that everyone has full access to the rich resources in the local community so that they can live, work and play in the community.  Our agency is committed to lifelong learners and the key administrative staff is all certified teachers which assure that a progressive curriculum is in place and all people are addressing learning skills in all environments.

Vocational Ventures serves nearly fifty-five individuals with mild to moderate cognitive delays.  These individual participate in a rigorous weekly schedule that includes functional academics, community based volunteer sites, public transportation training, fitness 4 days per week at the local YWCA and many community service projects.

Petalworks serves 45 individuals with multiple special needs.  Most individuals have severe cognitive delays as well as orthopedic or medical conditions that impact learning.  The program day is focused on a series of learning stations that include such options as fitness, arts and crafts, book clubs, computer skills, walking clubs, social language and domestic skills.   The focus of programming at Petalworks is to maximize individuals' strengths while involving them in functinoal activities that teach real life skills..  All individuals are expected to participate to maximal ability in all activities

Coastal Connections offers an evening Academics for Living program every other week from September through May.  Individuals work in small groups on functional reading, math and computer skills.  Referrals for this program come through the local DDS area office.

Coastal Connections offers day habilitation through the Division of Medical Assistance, Community based day supports through the Department of Developmental Services and Individual support options

Referrals to Coastal Connections originate at the local DDS area office.

Service Types

  • Job Skills
  • Job Training
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Skills Training
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Day/Work Activity
  • Jobs

Populations Served

  • Autism Spectrum
  • Birth Defects
  • Blind
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Disability
  • Epilepsy/seizure Disorder
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Disability
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Scoliosis
  • Speech Impairment
  • Spina Bifida

Ages Served

  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Medical Needs
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Accredited By: Commission for the Accrreditation of Rehabilitation Facililties (CARF)
  • Fees: MassHealth, Personal Funds
  • Licensed By: DDS