Human Services

Abilities First Foundation, Inc.

Potential Made Possible

aka Abilities First

Middletown, OH

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

1961

President

Robin Usalis

Main Address

4710 Timber Trail Dr

Middletown, OH 45044 USA

Keywords

human services, disabilities, developmental disabilities, autism, childcare, preschool

EIN

31-0620685

 Number

0433415716

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Autism Learning Center

Pediatric Therapies Program

Integrated Early Childhood Learning Center

Adult Day Program

Adult Residential Services

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Pediatric Therapies Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

Progress is measured by the values instilled in our organization and the outcomes our clients experience: Customer focus; continuous improvement; integrity; compassion; transparency; and, accountability. Internal and external surveys, focus groups and other methods of inupt are requested input are requested annually. Insights are evaluated and issues are addressed in a strategic plan.

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.

External Reviews

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

Financials

Abilities First Foundation, Inc.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We have a diversity committee in place
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