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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: "The mission of Abilities21 is to inter-connect the families of special needs children in our local community. We offer love, support and guidance to each other as we strive to place the emphasis on our children's unique abilities and help them to achieve acceptance and fulfillment in the community at large."

Target demographics: families blessed with special needs children

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 families

Geographic areas served: the NEPA are

Programs: Abilities21 was formed when a group of local moms were looking to connect with other families blessed with special needs children. Far too often the focus is on children’s disabilities and their strength, courage, talents and ABILITIES are overlooked. We encourage all families to join us for parent workshops, play dates, Adventure Zone parties, Santa dinners, story times and craft hours, train rides at Steamtown National Park, karate, swimming, music therapy, cheerleading, and all future events

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amanda238

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has helped me to get my son the therapies he needs, vent out frustrations when I needed to, and socialize my son without any stigma. I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful group!

1 Terri K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have helped with questions I had about my daughter. My daughter has a group of fruends that she can do things with. They are the greatest.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Abilities 21 is a wonderful support group for children with all different "abilities" and their loving families. I found this group at a time when I needed a place to take my son with Autism where he would "fit in" and be accepted. It also gave my husband and I a place to go to be with other parents who are in similar situations and who understand what it's like to have a child with special needs. The group does so many great events for our son and we can't thank them enough! They have been so supportive to my family. We would truly be lost without them!

1 Nickie K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Abilities21 is AMAZING and such a wonderful group! They are a lifesaver to me in so many ways. From the understanding, love, compassion, support, fun times, our bad times, and so on, this is one group that I can say does everything within its powers to make you feel like family and offer a place to never see or feel different. What more could a parent ask for! The kids meet and make new friends, parents meet and make lasting friendships, and its a safe place for the kids. I am so happy me and my family are now a part of Abilities21 and will continue to help them grow. They do SO MUCH for the kids and even do great fun things with the parents so that we can also have a little ME time.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I helped form this group about 2 years ago and never imagined where it would take me. Our family continues to grow everyday. We have met truly amazing families along the way. The strength, courage and love these families show for their children is immeasurable. We are support and love each others children as our own. It is wonderful to talk to other families who understand your daily challenges and know just when to cheer you up or offer that supportive pep talk.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I wanted to write a review for the group abilities 21. I am a speech language pathologist working with early intervention clients in their homes. I have referred several of my families to this group because of the wonderful events they hold for the members as well as the support system that is in place in a world where it can be very difficult to raise children. This group has been needed and long awaited in the Lackawanna and Wayne County areas!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Abilities21 is an amazing group of children and families who offer support, understanding and a safe place for our kids to be themselves! Through my son, I have met so many great friends and I thank God every day for leading me to this group. It helped me understand I am not alone and has opened a whole new world of opportunities for him and us that we may not have known were out there. It is a group formed out of love! And with love, we all know ANYTHING is possible. Abilities21 has given my son, Tyler, friends, a wonderful extended family, and acceptance!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Abilities21 is filling a need in the North Pocono area and beyond. As the parent of a teenagers with Autism, a local support group has always been lacking and I was never able to connect with other parents, no matter how hard I tried. This will help other parents avoid the isolation and disconnect from the local community that we did. We attended one event, a picnic at the end of summer, that was well-planned and enjoyable.

1 Deanna9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We found this group in the spring, I wish I would have found it sooner.... Love this group! My son has Erbs palsy and most people just don't understand our daily routines. Abilitied21 DOES!!!!! Our children all have a range of disabilities BUT we all understand our daily hectic lives:) it is wonderful to meet with, gain support, friends- for the parents and the kids AND not be judged!!! The board members are awesome! The events are fantastic! The support is phenomenal! This is a group that deserves funding! The kids are #1!!!! They truly understand a child with special needs!! And some parents with a child with special needs have to stay at home and then financially can't afford outings:( all children deserve FUN! Please grant this group the funds! They are a life changing group in our area! The children have tons of socialization in awesome environments!!! And they understand and know that the mommies need a break too, so they have moms nights! They are also informative, behavior workshops, financial workshops, and more! This group helped us and is a life changer and life saver! Thank you, Deanna leo

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this group, For first time I am taking my special needs children to socialize . We now have a social life and look forward to all the well planed fun events with great families !