Abilities United

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews


525 east charleston road Palo Alto CA 94306 USA


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


Each year, we serve over 2,500 individuals and their families in our Children's Development, Family Support, Adult, and Aquatic services programs.

Target demographics:

People of all ages who have a developmental or other disability. People of all ages without a disability but who can benefit from aquatic, early childhood development, adult independent skills and family support

Direct beneficiaries per year:


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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.

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.

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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.

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!

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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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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!

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