Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

United Ability Inc

Achievement in Ability. United in Purpose.

Birmingham, AL   |  www.unitedability.org

Mission

United Ability provides innovative services connecting people with disabilities to their communities and empowering individuals to live full and meaningful lives.

Ruling year info

1949

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Gary Edwards

Chief Operations Officer

Mrs. Tina Shaddix

Main address

100 Oslo Circle

Birmingham, AL 35211 USA

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Formerly known as

UCP of Greater Birmingham

EIN

63-0307960

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Birth Defects (G20)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Programs and results

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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?

Early Intervention

United Ability’s Early Intervention Program is the largest in the state of Alabama and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The program is designed to serve children with diagnosed disabilities or delays in development who are between the ages of birth to 3 years, as well as their families. A team of professionals provides therapeutic interventions to children and parents, and caregivers learn how to provide nurturing experiences and environments, facilitating growth and development. Parent training and support is the philosophy that drives the early intervention program, ensuring that a child’s learning and progress can occur 24 hours a day. These services are provided in a variety of settings including home, daycare and group settings with other children or at other community locations. United Ability’s Early Intervention Program serves many counties throughout north and central Alabama. The main office is located in Birmingham and serves children and families in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount and St.Clair Counties, and there are two additional satellite offices in Etowah and DeKalb Counties, each serving adjacent counties.

Population(s) Served
Infants to preschool (under age 5)
People with disabilities

Hand In Hand reflects more than just a state-of-the art early learning program for children and families. It is a place where children of all abilities learn, play and grow together to develop understanding, acceptance and caring for one another. Developing the foundation for future success , children from 6 weeks of age to five years who have delays in one or more areas of development and those who are typically developing learn side by side in 10 spacious classrooms. Both the indoor and outdoor environments work together to provide a variety of opportunities and experiences all children deserve. The early learning program is fully licensed by the Department of Human Resources and nationally accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). Another initiative of United Ability’s Early Learning Program is the Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose program. Realizing that only a limited number of children would benefit from our inclusive early learning program, the Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose program was developed to train, consult and provide technical assistance for community childcare teachers, enabling them to better provide an inclusive environment for children with special needs. Training occurs at over 40 facilities throughout the state each year, greatly enhancing childcare opportunities for children with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Infants to preschool (under age 5)
People with disabilities

The Ability Clinic focuses on providing comprehensive and coordinated care that reduces the symptoms of neuro-motor disabilities. Under the direction of Dr. Charlie Law, United Ability’s Medical Director – the only practicing Alabama physician certified in both pediatric and adult rehabilitation – patients are evaluated and afforded a broad range of clinics and services to meet the needs of infants, children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities. The Ability Clinic’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program and Therapy Program work collaboratively to address the unique challenges faced by individuals with these disorders. This collaborative team approach helps achieve the best possible health and wellness outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Services include: •Evaluation and Assessment •Pain Management •Spasticity Management •Orthotics and Prosthetics •Outpatient Therapy ◦Physical ◦Occupational ◦Speech ◦Augmentative Communication ◦Assistive Technology •Care Coordination

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults

United Ability Enterprises was established to provide employment for people with disabilities and currently employs over 100 adults living with physical, developmental and intellectual challenges. The company includes Gone For Good as well as Outsource Solutions - providing opportunities to participants for independence, skill development and the chance to be employed. Gone for Good includes document destruction and conversion services, such as: off-site secure shredding, on-site mobile secure shredding, document imaging, and electronic recycling, among others. Outsource Solutions' services include kitting, packaging, assembly, collating, and fulfillment.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

United Ability Employment Services offers two programs: one that offers more one-on-one support, including job coaching, to assist an individual in learning and maintaining a job in the community and one program that focuses on helping an individual with more pre-hire needs before they get the job. In both programs the individual will work one-on-one with an Employment Specialist to explore different jobs, to search for a position and (when necessary) job coaching, and on-going job support. We also work with an individual on their resumes, working on applications and interviewing skills. At United Ability Employment Services, we envision disability as a common part of the human experience. We are committed to making this vision a reality. In order to utilize our services as an individual with a disability he/she must be referred to our program from either the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services or from the Department of Mental Health. There is no cost to the client for working with United Ability Employment Services.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

The LINCPoint Adult Day Program provides life enrichment activities for individuals with disabilities. These activities encourage community participation and increase skill levels in activities of daily living. Participants are afforded the opportunity to develop leisure and recreation interests as well as participate in Special Olympics. Programs include music therapy, art therapy, pet-assisted therapy, health club, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and vocational training. While in vocational training, participants have the opportunity to volunteer in many nonprofit settings. The skills developed in the vocational area are the soft skills needed to prepare individuals for future employment. The LINCPoint Adult Day Program is a person-centered program that supports individuals while they achieve their personal goals. Individuals are afforded daily opportunities to develop appropriate social skills while participating in small group activities. Our Adult Day Program’s goal is for each participant to have a full and meaningful day.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Where we work

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

Infants to preschool (under age 5),Caregivers,Parents

Related Program

Early Intervention

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children 0-4 yrs of age and families were served in their everyday setting - receiving therapy and/or service coordination to foster a more independent and integrated lifestyle.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Families,People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children, adults, family member,s and caregivers served our 10 major programs

Number of those who successfully gained employment after counseling

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

Adults,People with disabilities

Related Program

United Ability Employment Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individuals were placed in community employment or were supported and assisted in maintaining employment throughout the year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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Operations

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

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United Ability Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Allen Bolton

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

William King, III

Southeastern Conference

Term: 2018 -

Brian Barksdale

Robert Chapman

Mark Cohen, MD

George Dennis

Matt Gurley

David LeGrand

Chad McCowan

Colin Mitchell

Anthony Morlandt, DDS, MD

Margaret Ann Pyburn

Jeremy Rasberry

Kanti Sunkavalli, MD MBA

Tricia Wells

Thomas Wilder, Jr

Lisa Warren

Neil Caudle

Larry Goldberg

Michelle Moloney

Robert Moss

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? Yes

Keywords

support services, disabilities, children, adults, advocacy, health, employment, therapy, rehabilitation