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

Mission: Abilities United advances advocacy, inclusion, and independence for people with developmental disabilities.

Results: Each year, we serve over 1,000 individuals and their families in our Children's and Family Services, Adult and Family Services, and Enrichment Services. Since our founding in 1963, over 70,000 children and adults with disabilities have benefited from services.

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: 1,000 children and adults and their families

Geographic areas served: San Mateo and Santa Clara counties

Programs: Children and Families - Abilities United Children's and Family Services provide a broad range of services focused on education, development, and growth. Our services ensure that children and their caregivers learn the techniques and skills necessary to meet the opportunities and challenges that a family may encounter. Adult Services - Abilities United Adult Services assists individuals with developmental or other disabilities to fully participate in their community through employment, educational, recreational, social, and volunteer activities. Using community resources and experiences, life skills and employment coaches assist individuals to acquire or expand their skills. Enrichment Services - Abilities United offers a variety of onsite enrichment opportunities including an art program, computer education and swim/aquatic services. These programs provide both children and adults the opportunity to enhance their creativity, promote their individual growth, and encourage their social skills.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

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.


Rating: 5

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.


Rating: 5

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!