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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

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Thomas B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The success of Abilities United is seen best through their clients. Youngsters playing together in the preschool unaware of who has disabilities. Adults who are employed by local corporate partners and have learned how to deposit their paycheck. Elder adults who have benefited from the therapy available in the warm waters of the swim center. It is a privilege to help this outstanding team of committed managers and staff as they fill such a critical need in our community.