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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: Our Mission is to provide comprehensive life changing care, training, and support services to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities as they strive to achieve their highest level of independence and inclusion.

Results: Last year we provided over 50,000 hours of service coordination and case management. 12,500 hours of Nursing and healthcare services. 365 days of group home/residential support. 24,000 hours of training, education and support in vocational, academic, health, wellness, nutrition, community inclusion and independent living skills. 4,800 hours of therapy including Behavioral, Physical, Speech and Occupational.

Target demographics: Children and adults (all ages) with any type of disability in Texas

Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 1000 children and adults with special needs. We provided nearly $700000 in financial aid support to low income individuals with disabilities to cover the gap between state Medicaid funding and actual costs of care and support.

Geographic areas served: Our Mission is to provide comprehensive life changing care, training and support services to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilites as they strive to achieve their highest level of independence and inclusion.

Programs: Ability Connection provides comprehensive services to children and adults with disabilities, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, para and quadriplegia, traumatic brain injury and others. As a service provider we have outstanding case managers that facilitate comprehensive care and support such as therapy, day programs, residential services, medical and healthcare, nursing. Our three unique training centers provide daily training, care and support based on the needs and goals of each individual. Our five Program Pillars are Vocational Training, Education, Community Inclusion, Independent Living Skills, and Health/Fitness & Nutrition. Our Life Change Training Center focuses on the higher abilities, our IMACT Training Center is designed for many who have greater needs, while our FOCUS Training center is primarily for those who are, in many cases, medically fragile. The development of cognitive, social-emotional, language and motor skills are targeted within a multi-sensory learning environment. Using a client-centered approach, children and adults are empowered to develop independence, self-esteem, and self-responsibility, regardless of their primary disability. Students at Ability Connection benefit from individualized instruction and skills development using speech, occupational and physical therapies (based on individual need). To facilitate each student's skill development, there is extensive collaboration between therapists and teaching staff. Together they identify and provide assistive devices the individual may need in the classroom. Active play among students is encouraged in order to increase communication and socialization skills. Also, Community Inclusion such as museums, zoos, educational field trips are frequently offered. Our group homes provide the same quality care, training and support. ACT is committed to providing quality education and care to children and adults with disabilities, regardless of their family's ability to pay. Ability Connection may provide scholarships and tuition assistance to families who are unable to afford the education and care that their child needs. 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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Katrina Weger M.

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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.