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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: AbilityPath has been a cornerstone of our community for 100 years, providing a lifespan of support services to individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities in the greater Bay Area. Our mission is to empower people with special needs to achieve their full potential through innovative, inclusive programs and community partnerships. With educational, therapeutic, vocational, and family support services, we are distinctive in providing support to an individual throughout their lifetime. We collaborate with businesses, third-party providers, local nonprofits, and various organizations to bring the highest quality services to the children, youth, and adults in our programs. Together, we are creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected, and included in all aspects of life – in the classroom, the workplace, and in our communities. Join us in “Turning Disabilities into Possibilities.”

Results: Fiscal Year 2020 results: - 607 developmental screenings were completed to identify delays as early as possible. - 40+ volunteer sites where adults learned pre-vocational skills. - 18 monthly caregiver support groups. - 389 children with and without special needs learned together in our inclusive preschools. - 328 adults with paid work in the community. - 45,500 hours of speech, occupational, and physical therapy and early intervention services for children.

Target demographics: individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities in the greater Bay Area

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000+ children, adults and families each day

Geographic areas served: San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

Programs: With educational, therapeutic, vocational, and family support services, AbilityPath is distinctive in providing support to individuals throughout their lifetime. Our comprehensive services are designed to help children and adults thrive at school, work, home, and in the community

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer, donor and board member for many years. The services the AbilityPath organization provides to the people with disabilities is far-reaching in many areas: 1) it covers very young children and young to elderly adults, 2) a myriad of different disabilities, and 3) a multitude of services. Education, personal care, fun gatherings (via Zoom during Covid), and individual attention to name a few. I personally see the direct result of AbilityPath's efforts. The Agency staff is dedicated to enriching the lives of each and every Participant.

Sakthi S.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have used AbilityPath's supported employment services for my son. They have been very professional in both the quality of work and communication.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for AbilityPath is a pleasure almost beyond words. The agency's mission to help all their participants with developmental disabilities achieve their full potential is an essential service in our county. The leadership of the agency opens doors for every way to volunteer...hands on with our clients...fund raising...advocacy for our participants at our state and national level... I consider my volunteer experience with AbilityPath to be my primary community service...an impactful way for me to serve even though I receive far more in return. Eugenia Watermulder

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined AbilityPath 3 years ago and worked my way into becoming quite involved. Also, I knew very few members so I navigated slowly. Wow, what a difference 3 years make! In spite of the pandemic, this nonprofit really amped up its dedication and commitment to the community we serve. Serving on the Board has made me acutely aware that this organization which has been around for 70+ years is solid. We serve developmentally and physically disabled people by offering a variety of programs going from newborns to adults, some of whom are 70 years old! I'm proud to be a member of the Auxiliary who supports the nonprofit, AbilityPath of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been an AbilityPath Auxiliary member since 2004 and have enjoyed every moment of it. Spent many years as their resale shop manger and most years on the Auxiliary board. My life is more fulfilled knowing my time has been spent supporting this wonderful organization and their participants.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the AbilityPath Auxiliary I've had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with this organization. The agency is well organized, efficient, caring and dedicated to serving our clients. Yesterday they hosted a zoom Halloween party for approximately 50 of the clients who were thrilled, excited and joyful because even though they can't meet in person due to Covid, the agency has offered them support through Zoom and weekly drop off activities. Yesterday the costumed clients sang songs accompanied by a client playing the guitar, played Halloween Jeopardy and danced. They were so sad to have the event over.

1 Todd G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has Down syndrome and is on the autism spectrum. We wanted to give him the best chance for academic and personal success in elementary school and beyond. We found Learning Links in Burlingame, run by AbiltyPath. They prepared him well to go into a mainstream kindergarten environment with his peers.
Since he finished preschool, I have had the opportunity to serve on AbilityPath’s board and learned of all the great services they offer and advocacy they do for people like my son and families like mine. Needless to say, we are big fans of AbilityPath!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with AbilityPath (based in Redwood City, CA for ~5 years. AbilityPath supports children, adults and families with disabilities. I have spent time at one of the preschool, but the main portion of my time has been spent supporting the adult programs based in Burlingame.
AbilityPath is an incredible organization on every level. From the teachers and support staff, to the administrators and board members, every individual contributes physically, emotionally and financially. The lives of those served by AbilityPath are enriched on so many levels, even in these very challenging times.
It is an honor to be associated with AbilityPath.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fantastic staff with an absolutely top notch CEO. The group is so welcoming, inclusive and fosters a warm and kind atmosphere. I have heard some of the most unbelievable touching things at the live, in-person events; but even during the time of COVID this company still managed to have engaging and awesome remote vents as well. I can’t say enough!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AbilityPath has been a part of my family in Palo Alto over many decades. My sister volunteered there in her high school years; my mother exercised there as an elder; my special needs daughter has been served there as a young adult; and I’ve had the honor of serving on the board for nearly 10 years. Over these many years, this agency has served thousands of families just like ours. Whether you look at the beautiful artwork created by participants, the music sung by the music class, or the joy delivered during community fundraisers – AbilityPath has proven during a century of service that anything is possible when a non-profit agency leads with both Head and Heart alike. Come on over and check us out!

Board Member

Rating: 5

AbilityPath has been serving San Francisco Bay Area families of people with special needs for over 100 years. I can't think of a better testament to the quality of the services and support they provide than that. Led by a CEO and leadership team that cares deeply about creating a world where people of all abilities are accepted and able to achieve their full potential, AbilityPath is the most well run, fiscally responsible organization I've ever had the pleasure to volunteer at. And their staff is phenomenal!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the former chair of the Board of Directors as well as the past-president of the Auxiliary, I can attest to Abilitypath's success in delivering its mission of inclusion and its advocacy for those with developmental disabilities. It is the one organization in San Mateo County that reaches all stakeholders from its clients to its boards, donors and community at large. Our CEO, Bryan Neider, may be considered the Rock Star of the non-profit world bringing extraordinary leadership in strategic thinking, team building, finance and communication. Everyone on its boards are proud to be associated with Abilitypath. Elaine Cohen

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter, Zoe who has Down Syndrome and Autism participated in AbilityPath's early intervention program (ages 0-3) and also was a student at their preschool. She's now 17 years old and still loves seeing her old therapists at charitable events. The team at AbilityPath is like no other - from the hands on care-givers and therapists to the middle managers and all the way up to the CEO, they simply care. They care for their participants, the families and the community. I cannot be more proud of this organization!
-Jeff Fallick

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AbilityPath helps people with developmental disabilities across all ages and genders. My family loves to volunteer at their pre-school holiday parties as well as their adult cinco de mayo and other celebrations. Seeing the impact of the services they provide on the faces of those they serve is heart warming.