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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the good fortune of working at Abilities United for 10 years. I have found Abilities United to be an inclusive, mature organization that values the individuality of each person it serves.

The staff of Abilities United are very caring and provide services with integrity, wisdom, creativity and compassion.

There is also a vision at Abilities United that strives to evolve and enhance current client services / programs.

Peter B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked at Abilities United for the last 14 years and have found the entire journey both highly rewarding and personally satisfying. The core value of including people with developmental disabilities in all life has to offer is evident throughout the agency. I now number quite a few of the people I have met here among my close friends and colleagues.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An outstanding agency serving people with developmental disabilities. They have a lot of different programs that help infants through adults. Great staff who really care . . . belief that everyone has value that they can add to their community. Great place to work!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have know about this agency since they were C.A.R. Community Association for Rehabilitation) and they do incredible work. Each time I have interacted with their staff they have been helpful, knowledgable and caring. They add quality of life to so many people and the services they provide are so important to those living with a physical or developmental challenge. I would recommend their services to everyone. They are changing lives for the better every day.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have know Abilities United since they were C.A.R. (Community Association of Rehabilitation). Their services are extraordinary. Every staff member I have come in contact with has been professional, caring and extremely helpful. This organization is helping so many people and changing so many lives. I would recommend their services to everyone.