Abilities First Foundation, Inc.

Potential Made Possible

aka Abilities First   |   Middletown, OH   |  www.abilitiesfirst.org

Mission

Nothing can improve the collective prosperity of our families and communities more than all people working at their full potential. Abilities First works to empower people with disabilities to achieve their unique potential from birth through life.

Founded in 1958, Abilities First is a non-profit organization located in Middletown, Ohio that serves children and adults with a wide range of disabilities.

With a continuum of programming from birth through all phases of life, Abilities First is a direct service agency for individuals with disabilities that provides a diverse range of services. These services include:

-Autism Learning Center including a 4 Plus 1 Preschool Program
-Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy
-Integrated Early Childhood Learning Center
-Adult Day Program
-Intensive Pediatric Therapy Program
-Intermediate Care Facilities with Family Atmosphere
-Employment Habilitation
Transforming the lives of children and adults with disabilities impacts our families, our communities and our businesses in Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Montgomery, Preble, Greene and Clark counties in Ohio.

We believe that every citizen working to their full potential creates a more prosperous community for everyone.

Ruling year info

1961

President

Robin Usalis

Main address

4710 Timber Trail Dr

Middletown, OH 45044 USA

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EIN

31-0620685

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Society does not value the potential of people with developmental disabilities. To that end, many people with disabilities are not offered the opportunities they need to live a productive life. People with disabilities should have the opportunity to achieve their unique potential and have an extraordinary quality of life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Autism Learning Center

Programs are designed to meet each individual student at their current level and help move them to achieve their highest potential.
The Autism Learning Center addresses individual needs by using state-of-the-art teaching techniques, small class sizes and a structured environment to help promote a successful transition into the next grade level.

Population(s) Served

Abilities First provides child and family-centered therapy services, with an emphasis on caring for all aspects of the child’s life including socialization, equipment needs and home programming.
We provide Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy Services on an individual and small group basis. Due to the complex needs of our clients, our therapists will often co-treat to maximize a child’s abilities.
Group therapy programs provide a variety of opportunities for children to receive a combination of therapy services including specialized summer programs.

Population(s) Served

he Abilities First Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) is a unique childcare center known for a commitment to providing an inclusive environment where children with special needs and typically developing children learn alongside one another to develop caring relationships.

Student needs are a top priority for teachers, who apply child development and learning theories to everyday activities with students. The curriculum enables teachers to meet the needs of children with a broad range of abilities and different learning styles. Student needs are met - one child at a time.

This well organized environment also allows interaction with on-site physical, speech, and occupational therapists, and the Autism Learning Center when appropriate. The ECLC focuses on: Physical health, emotional development, social development, motor development, language and communication development, and cognitive development.

Population(s) Served

As your child ages, independent living skills become more and more important to a fulfilling life. Finding the best program for your son or daughter will bring satisfaction to the whole family.

adult day care program disabilitiesThe Abilities First Adult Day Program (ADP) offers activities that are appropriate to each individual's abilities and tastes, delivered on site and in the community. ADP centers have open floor plans that create safe environments which invite the people we serve to move around without restriction.

The goal of the ADP is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing opportunities that incorporate each person's strengths and desires, and needs into daily living activities. Participants take an active role in choosing their daily activities. Support from the staff helps participants meet their personal goals which could range from improving reading skills, to learning to cook, to participating in community activities:

Community inclusion – structured outings to parks, restaurants and many other places in the community
Arts – clients can express themselves through crafts, pottery and other creative projects
Exercise – movement, including group sports and Wii game improve health, coordination and help to develop social skills
Technology using iPads – clients learn basic computer skills as well as play games
Individuals attending the ADP receive the following services:

Individualized goals for
sensory, vocational, physical, and psychosocial development.
Participate in community activities
Specially trained and qualified caregivers/staff
Low staff to client ratioIMG 0175
Nurses that administer medications and necessary treatments.
Participate in daily activities of music, recreation, social, crafts, vocational or leisure activities
Personal care needs met by a caring and considerate staff
Center features:

Fully equipped dining area
Vocational area
Completely accessible building
Variety of sensory/motor equipment
Assistive technology and adaptive equipment
Transportation

Population(s) Served

Abilities First has two Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF’s) that provides a family atmosphere with a strong foundation for each resident to live life to their fullest potential.

Doty House Residential:
Doty House, located in Middletown, serves 20 individuals diagnosed with severe to profound disabilities with multiple disorder diagnoses.

Typical age of our residents is teen through adult
On-site nursing services
All residents have the opportunity to participate in Abilities First’s Adult Day Program (ADP)
Our residents regularly participate in community outings and activities
Hopewell Residential:
Hopewell Residential located in Franklin, is home to 10 adults with moderate to profound disabilities.

Typical age of our residents is teen through adult
On-site nursing services
All residents have the opportunity to participate in Abilities First’s Adult Day Program (ADP)
Our residents regularly participate in community outings and activities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

CARF 2017

United Way 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau 2017

Chamber of Commerce 2017

United Way Member Agency 2017

West Chester Chamber of Commerce 2018

Middletown Chamber of Commerce 2018

Franklin Chamber of Commerce 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Autism Learning Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children with a disability supported to live at home

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Pediatric Therapies Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children screened for autism and other developmental delays

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Pediatric Therapies Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers who report feeling prepared to address diverse student needs, including learning disabilities and limited English proficiency

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Integrated Early Childhood Learning Center

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of first-time donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Autism Learning Center

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Integrated Early Childhood Learning Center

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Pediatric Therapies Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Abilities First works to empower people with disabilities to achieve their potential and live a productive life.

Founded in 1958, Abilities First is a non-profit organization that serves children and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, language and cognitive impairments. With a continuum of programming from birth through all phases of life, Abilities First is Southwest Ohio's only direct service agency for individuals with disabilities that provides a diverse range of services:
- Autism Learning Center
- Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy
- Inclusive Early Childhood Learning Center
- Adult Day Programs
- Group Employment Supports
- Intermediate Care Facilities

Transforming the lives of children and adults with disabilities impact families, communities and businesses. We believe that inside of every child and adult with disabilities is the ability to reach their full potential.

The programs and services delivered by our professional teachers, therapists, and direct care workers continue to grow and increase in enrollment.

Intensive Pediatric Therapy Program
Speech Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Friends in STEP group therapy for teens
Kids Connect group therapy for pre teens
Early Childhood Learning Center
Autism Learning Center
Intermediate Care Facilities (residential)
Adult Day Programs
Group Employment Services

Abilities First is planning to expand in the near future by adding to the Autism Learning Center and increasing space for adult residential services.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Abilities First Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Charles Fortner

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Board co-chair

Charles Anderson

Anderson Funeral Homes

Charles Anderson

Mike Scorti

Jim Kleingers

Gail Nangle

Jennifer Asbrock

Stephanie Bisselberg

Stu Locke

Mary Ann Ferrell

Mark Shanley

Talbot Moon

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No