Anyone who has had the opportunity to love a child knows that there is no greater
feeling than watching her learn, grow and develop. From the time a baby enters the world, parents dream of the possibilities in his future. For parents of a child with disabilities, these dreams are often replaced by feelings of anxiety and fears of the
unknown. All parents yearn for some certainty that life for their child will be happy
"At Abilities First, we are here to restore hope for these parents and offer a promise to their children for today, for tomorrow, for every day thereafter."
At Abilities First, we are here to restore hope for these parents and offer a promise to their children for today, for tomorrow, for every day thereafter. We may become friends during the preschool years as we partner with a child's home district to ensure the right start for their education and access to the best academic opportunity. Our friendship may develop as we provide an individual with disabilities a chance to work at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America or perhaps we meet the family of one of our seniors when they visit our neighborhood center.
No matter what, once our relationship begins, we are committed to a lifetime of support and care for their loved one with disabilities to assure that they live the best life possible.
With public funding for programs like ours becoming increasingly scarce, we diligently engage in multifaceted fund development initiatives, so that we can continue our long tradition of care to those who are impacted by developmental disabilities. We offer a broad range of giving options and recognition opportunities for those who are inspired to make a difference.
The Impact Of Our Work and Your Support in 2016
Our Work Training Center provided meaningful, paid work and life skills development to 173 people with disabilities and provided integrated job shadowing “work trials” to 22 individuals at local businesses.
Our Integrated Employment Services has helped over 60 participants secure employment through job development, is providing support services to 237 participants currently employed and 23 high school students in our School to Work Program. Their Supplemental Day Hab has 25 participants who learn daily life skills and in a social atmosphere.
Our Community Habilitation Department served 119 children and adults who either live at home with their families or independently in our community.
Why we need your support now
Abilities First, Inc. is committed to providing high quality education, vocational training, life skills development, therapy and exceptional housing options for people with disabilities. Through prudent financial management and the dedication of skilled and compassionate professionals, educators, and caregivers, we are able to provide the best services possible. However, we need your help to do more. Your donation to Abilities First will help fund the development of new and improved programs, upgrades and maintenance of our facilities, new equipment purchases, and the continued professional development of our dedicated and caring staff. Please send your gift today and join us in our commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.