Abilities United

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Education, Job Training, Human Services

Location: 525 east charleston road Palo Alto CA 94306 USA

Mission: Abilities United champions people with developmental and other disabilities and provides the training, education, and support they need to lead the lives they choose.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the good fortune of working at Abilities United for 10 years. I have found Abilities United to be an inclusive, mature organization that values the individuality of each person it serves.

The staff of Abilities United are very caring and provide services with integrity, wisdom, creativity and compassion.

There is also a vision at Abilities United that strives to evolve and enhance current client services / programs.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assisting clients in: 1) Successful advocacy regarding eligibility / maintenance of benefits within the following programs: Regional Center; Social Security; MediCal / Medicare; Section 8 Housing. 2) Successful application / interview process re: US citizenship; securing meaningful paid & volunteer work 3) Addressing / monitoring significant health issues (i.e seizure conditions; sleep disorders; thyroid imbalances; dental problems; anxiety)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provision of supported living services

Rating: 5 stars  

Abilities United provides valuable and critical programs and services for folks with developmental disabilities. The programs are run by skilled, knowledgeable and caring staff. Abilities United is efficient and a good steward of funds and resources raised in the community. As a former Board Member I am proud to support this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work as a volunteer and getting feedback from clients and parents.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help guarantee funding so the work can continue.

Rating: 5 stars  

My granddaughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, profound deafness and moderate to sever brain injury due to an illness as an infant. Her dad moved with her to Palo Alto when Amber was just 8 years old. She had never taken a step on her own and relied upon the use of a wheelchair and a walker to get around. When Amber stepped into the warm water at the Betty Wright Swim Center, she walked on her first for the very first time - or more appropriately, she RAN through the water unassisted. Eventually she was able to repeat that experience on land Amber is now 16 and continues to be served by the Betty Wright Swim Center as well as the After School Socialization Program at Abilities United. Abilities United has made a profound difference in our lives!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make certain that they continue to receive the funding necessary to continue to provide world class service and support to individuals with disabilities and their families.

Rating: 5 stars  

The success of Abilities United is seen best through their clients. Youngsters playing together in the preschool unaware of who has disabilities. Adults who are employed by local corporate partners and have learned how to deposit their paycheck. Elder adults who have benefited from the therapy available in the warm waters of the swim center. It is a privilege to help this outstanding team of committed managers and staff as they fill such a critical need in our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Board meetings and events where I learn from staff and meet clients and their families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise much needed funds to upgrade facilities to better serve clients and the community.

Rating: 5 stars  

My journey to Abilities United began over six decades ago when my parents had a baby boy, my brother. Shortly, before he turned on, he was diagnosed with congenital brain damage, a fluke of nature, the doctors advised. Two years later another baby boy arrived and,sadly, nature repeated itself. The boys lived short lives, succumbing to pneumonia. Looking back, I cannot imagine how my parents managed without the warm embrace and skilled services of a Chicago-based Abilities United, But there was no such agency. Little did my husband and I know that Abilities United would be standing by when our daughter delivered our first grandchild , three months prematurely. Fortunately, that tiny boy swam early on at the agency's Betty Wright Swim Center. Now he is a strapping 18 year old freshman in college! Our family will remain involved with Abilities United forever.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Please see my detailed story above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have our superb executive director, Lynda Steele, live forever!

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked at Abilities United for the last 14 years and have found the entire journey both highly rewarding and personally satisfying. The core value of including people with developmental disabilities in all life has to offer is evident throughout the agency. I now number quite a few of the people I have met here among my close friends and colleagues.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working here and helping to provide the services offered to those with developmental disabilities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to increase the focus on financial stability through the implementation of additional revenue sources, including private social enterprise, planned giving and adding to our endowment fund.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The core value of treating all with respect and recognizing everyone's as having great worth to their community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

There can be no non-profit organization with a more highly skilled, compassionate staff, and exceptionally effective leadership, than that of Abilities United.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My grandson as an infant was in dire need of help with his physical developmental difficulties. Abilities United provided the therapy he needed. Today, ten years later, he is fully functional without a visible hint of his difficult first years. Much of that is due to Abilities United.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing significant, but do everything possible to insure continuity and sustainability.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

I am an ex Board member and continue to volunteer to this organization that provides services to those with disabilities who automatically should be absorbed naturally into our community. Often they aren't due to the ignorance or fear of people who don't understand those with disabilities. Clients have so very much to offer. I continue to strive to get this message out there. I suggest you come by one day; talk to the Staff; learn about all the programs; perhaps meet some clients; only then will you appreciate about what I am talking. Abilities United is one of the warmest places one could be. I would encourage any of you who read this to learn more. Also contribute. We are now looking to replace our vans that take clients to work. They are old and don't have wheelchair access. This holiday season, think of what you can do for someone else who is contributing to our society despite his or her disabilities. And, get to know Abilities United!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a Board member and now as a volunteer, I see changes taking place every week. The dedication of Abilities United's staff is incredible and they succeed with their clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing except wish for several million dollars to keep it going!

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I love this organization. My son, who has Down Syndrome, has been receiving services here since he was a year old. The infant development program helped him and our entire family in so many ways. Cole is now thriving in their integrated precshool. I'm very grateful for all they've done and all they continue to do!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their infant development program and Milestones preschool.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the knowledgeable and caring staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

An outstanding agency serving people with developmental disabilities. They have a lot of different programs that help infants through adults. Great staff who really care . . . belief that everyone has value that they can add to their community. Great place to work!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping a lot of people get jobs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their core belief that everyone can contribute meaningfully to their commnunity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All really great people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

invest most of it wisely so that the income from interest could help pay for the much needed services that are underfunded by the State of California and also use part of it to help restore, renovate its aging facilities.

Ways to make it better...

the funding was more reliable.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the State budget and its effect on the rates they are willing to pay.

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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