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ConnectAbility, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: ConnectAbility's mission is creating communities where people of all abilities are valued, included and empowered. We are providing opportunities by connecting abilities.

Results:
Every month ConnectAbility hosts SideKicks, a themed respite care event, that started in 2001 . Respite events allow our participants to enjoy a fun-filled evening while parents & caregivers have some time to themselves.
Parent Share Groups are hosted monthly for parents and caregivers to share resources and friendships.
Sibling Support Workshops are hosted yearly for children ages 8-16. The workshops are a fun way for youth to connect with others that have similar family dynamics.
Thousand Words is a collaborative photographic art project produced by ten teams consisting of ConnectAbility photographers with special needs, local professional and amateur photographers, and volunteers.
All of our programs are free for participants. For more information, please visit our website:
www.ConnectAbilityinc.org
Facebook page: www.FB.com/ConnectAbility

Target demographics: Adults & children with disabilities along with their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 families in North Georgia with a loved one that has a developmental disability.

Geographic areas served: Northeast Georgia including the following counties: Lumpkin, Dawson, White, Hall and Forsyth

Programs: Sidekicks Respite, Thousand Words Photography Project, Sibling Workshops, Parent Support Groups,

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to serve as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for ConnectAbility, Inc. This organization is dedicated to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities, helping them feel valued and empowered. I come from a background in Special Education through a local school system, and I direct many parents and students to ConnectAbility. My role in education is identifying preschool students with delays in development, and many times parents are devastated to learn that their child might be different. But different isn't less. Different isn't worse. Different is just that - different. We are all different and ConnectAbility seeks to to help all people find their commonality among many differences. Attend just one event (from workshops, fundraisers, community events, or respite events) and you'll feel a sense of purpose in your own life and the lives of others that you just can't get elsewhere.

Sarah S.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ConnectAbility is truly one of the most amazing organizations I have had the privilege to know. They do so many amazing things for this community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ConnectAbility is by far, the best nonprofit I have ever had the honor of working with. The community outreach they offer, the access to events and activities they provide to people who would otherwise never have is what I love most about ConnectAbility. I have been blessed to share my gift and joy of running with someone who in unable to do so herself. Sharing races and moments with Angel has been life changing for me and none of this would be possible without ConnectAbility.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My special needs teen daughter enjoys the social events coordinated and sponcered by ConnectAbility.

We are beyond grateful for their invaluable volunteer service!

Board Member

Rating: 5

ConnectAbility is a wonderful organization that provides support to children and adults with disabilities (and their families) - but they do so much more. While they provide events for families to attend, sibling support groups, parent events, and fundraising opportunities, the true goal of ConnectAbility is to empower individuals to use their abilities to make the world a better place.

As a participant, you get to experience a variety of activities, like a talent show, movie nights, spring carnival, VBS in the summer, a costume contest, and a Christmas party. Other opportunities include the Thousand Words project, where participants are paired with photographers to produce artwork that speaks when words are often lacking, or the Race for a Reason, where participants are paired with athletes to complete in running, biking, and swimming events around Georgia. As a volunteer, you get the unique opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities, but soon, you start to see them as we see everyone else - for their abilities and their contributions.

If you are looking for a place to volunteer your time, or if you are looking for a place to experience true joy, both can be found at ConnectAbility.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Connectabillity is awesome you learn so much just from helping out people with physical and mental disabilities and it helps them feel good about there selves same as volunteer

Debra N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ConnectAbility is an amazing organization that helps my children feel accepted for who they are and not judged for their differences. They welcome everyone and even do everything they can to help parents/caregivers deal with some of the challenges of taking care of someone with a disability.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Exceptional Non Profit Serving North Georgia and those with Special Needs.
ConnectAbility offers support, compassion and care as well as educational services to those with Special Needs and their family’s.
Highly Recommended

Linda R.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Connectability is an awesome organization!! They support people with special needs and their families in many ways - socially, emotionally, physically, etc. They are loving and caring to all!

1 Angela C.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow, where do I begin? We were one of the first ConnectAbility families that’s started when they were Sidekicks almost 15 years ago. My daughter was 3 and she is now almost 18! ConnectAbility has brought us from little ones going to play at Halloween Gatherings and Santa Clause to Star Wars Prom and Thousand Words Photography projects. My daughter and my entire family have been blessed by the monthly events and respites to the fancy Gala’s to the parent meetings and sibling workshops! My daughter has been able to learn and grow with Other people like her and always felt welcome. We are blessed to be a small part of the ConnectAbility Family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Connectability has been great for my family. My granddaughter would not let me leave her when we first began. Now she is so independent at these events. The staff and volunteers are always so helpful with resources available, giudance, and giving the parent's something to look forward to. We are so blessed to have Jacqueline Daniels and Connectability. I read every day about someone who has no respite. I wish every community could have a Connectability group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WOW! What a wonderful opportunity for disabled AND their caregivers. My family has been involved with connectability since the very beginning when it began as Sidekicks, and have been thrilled at how many ways it has grown. They meet once a month for super fun activities such as Halloween contests, Santa at christmas, pool party, and even a prom which has to be the most fun of all. The president is the most dedicated and caring person, not only taking time to get to know all the participants, but their families as well. Of course, I was hesitant to leave my special needs nephew in the beginning. There were plenty of volunteers, all interacting and taking care of everything. Now, I love dropping him off and going for a nice dinner with my husband. I am so happy this program is available close enough for us to be able to attend.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is AMAZING! I have volunteered with this organization several times in the last month during various events and I am continuously blown away after each one by the love that just fills every single experience involving this group! It is a blessing to serve alongside the ConnectAbility team as they pour out their hearts to an incredibly beautiful population and it is even more amazing to be blessed by the ConnectAbility children and families themselves. Everything about the work this group does is beautiful and I'm so honored to have the chance to play a small part in it!

Renee Adams B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been with Connectability since my son was 4 years old, He is now 17.
Connectability have us an outlet to get with other kids his age and be able to connect on there level..
The program has grown tremendously over the past years.
I would strongly connect any child or adult and third family with this program to get plugged in for the help that might need their need

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a special needs child and this organization has provided support and connections to our community! We have made friends and feel included.

1 Suzanne Graham D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Connectability has been a tremendous blessing to Dahlonega and surrounding area for many years, providing fun events for special needs individuals of all ages! I have been truly blessed to be able to participate as a volunteer for over 10 years, and it only gets better!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

ConnectAbility has helped me get to know many people in our community through many fun events. It's given me a place on its board; to help me feel important, and needed. It does this for me and multiple others in my situation. ConnectAbility also helps bring awareness to those who are not injured or impaired .

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became aware of ConnectAbility when I was participating in a local leadership program. We selected ConnectAbility as our non-profit of choice in a project that we completed as part of our program. We chose ConnectAbility due to the tremendous impact that it has on the many families and individuals that ConnectAbility serves. With a very limited budget and staff, the outreach that ConnectAbility is capable of delivering is amazing and is very recognized in our community and indeed throughout the state of Georgia. Once our leadership team had completed our project, which was to work with our local county government and ConnectAbility to provide a new playground to serve people of all abilities, I had the opportunity to join the board of ConnectAbility. For the last year, I have had the honor of participating first-hand in the work of ConnectAbility and have witnessed the many events and services which are incredibly positive contributions to our community. The North Georgia area is fortunate to have the dedicated resources that Jacqueline Daniel and her team represent.

Dianne Knight R.

Donor

Rating: 5

My 22-year-old son (with special needs) has been able to participate in Talent shows, 5K's, and monthly parties that he enjoys while his dad and I are given a break from caregiving. The staff and volunteers of ConnectAbility have a way of interacting with their participants and families that make us all feel special.

ConnectAbility is a Team effort and we are all a part of the team.

1 Kimberly McGraw S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a special needs parent of a adult daughter after she graduated school if felt like we were all alone. We found Connectability three years ago. They gave us not only a much needed monthly respite night but we made so many life long friends in the parent group and not only with them but we made friends with the volunteers and leaders of Connectability. They also offer sibling workshops to our other children and it really helped her to understand she was not alone in her feelings or left out. Connectability is changing lives in our special needs community. I am so blessed to have found them. If you know anyone who is a guardian, parent, or caregiver of a child or adult with special needs I recommend Connectability. They can be a life line to them.

Pamela O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Parent of a young teenager with special needs, ConnectAbility not only offers us a valued night off but also the opportunity for our daughter to meet and make new friends that are her age group. They are truly a blessing to this community, we are eternally grateful for their continued support of the Special Needs Community.