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Ability Connection

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Education, Group Homes, Health, Human Services, Special Education

Mission: to enrich the lives of people with disabilities... one person at a time.

Results: Last year, Ability Connection provided 18,000 hours of Nursing/Healthcare services to ensure members stay healthy. 47,400 days of Foster Care/Host Home services in a safe caring environment. Over 1.2 million hours of Attendant/Habilitation services providing care in the home with 35,500 hours of respite care to give caregivers a break. 58,700 days independent living and employment services to foster skill development, community inclusion and independence. Over 81,000 hours of therapies including Behavioral, Physical, Speech and Occupational to improve or maintain progress of skill development

Target demographics: people with any type of developmental disability, no matter the severity of the life impact of the disability.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 700 adults with disabilities through an individualized approach to provide care and support

Geographic areas served: Dallas and several communities around Texas.

Programs: Therapies, training, housing, skill development, recreation, medical and healthcare support, adaptive equipment and supplies. Our training centers offer tiered support and care based on a Personal Outcomes Measurement System that incorporates the needs and goals of each individual. The Program Pillars are Vocational Training, Education, Inclusion and Social Development, Independent Living Skills, Volunteerism and Health/Fitness & Nutrition. Our Life Change Training Center tier follows a Club House Model where every member contributes to the center community. Our IMPACT Training Center tier is a goal-driven day program where staff engage more with members to complete goals, while our FOCUS Training center is primarily for those who are medically fragile and/or require full care with available onsite nursing staff. Using a client-centered approach, members are empowered to develop independence, self-esteem, and self-responsibility. Currently, 80% of students in the program receive some type of financial support (i.e. Medicaid, full/partial scholarships, subsidized fees, etc.)

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Rating: 5

Progressive organization making great strides towards improving the services available to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Vocational training, Independent living skills, Health and Nutrition, Academics and Community Inclusion are the foundatiins that help each person served become more independent and active in our society.